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Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) Breaking News From the Field

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) brings you all the latest news from the blindness field! If you have news or information that you would like to share with JVIB readers, please send it to rebeccab@afb.net.

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Entrepreneur and Wayfinding Technology Pioneer Michael G. "Mike" May Named President and CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind

After a year-long, nationwide search, Michael G. "Mike" May was chosen by the Board of Trustees of The Lighthouse for the Blind, located in Seattle, Washington, to succeed longtime President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kirk Adams.

(Item posted 5/9/2017)

Prevalence of Visual Impairment among Preschool-Aged Children Projected to Increase by 26%, Per New Research

Underscoring the importance of vision screening for preschool-aged children, recent research suggests that incidences of visual impairment among preschool children in the United States is projected to increase by 26% in the coming decades.

(Item posted 5/4/2017)

Mexico eliminates trachoma through decades-long effort

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas, announced that Mexico eliminated trachoma, reducing the list of countries still needing to eradicate the disease to 41.

(Item posted 5/2/2017)

In Memoriam: Valerie Morash, Ph.D. (1985–2017)

Amanda McKerracher and Yue-Ting Siu remember their friend and research partner, Valerie Morash, who died alongside her husband and two pets in February 2017.

(Item posted 3/13/2017)

Six students win a design competition with a text-to-braille scanner, envision a future with a higher braille-literacy rate

Six friends who met freshman year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) combined their talents during a 15-hour "hackathon" competition in February 2016 to create Tactile, a portable scanner that is designed to translate text directly into braille.

(Item posted 1/9/2017)

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