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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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The Father of the van Dijk Approach for Working with Children Who Are Deafblind, Jan P. M. van Dijk, Has Died

The field of deafblindness lost a pioneer when Jan P. M. van Dijk, professor emeritus, Department of Special Education, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and retired assistant director, Royal Kentalis, Sint-Michielsgestel, died January 23, 2018, at age 80 years, after a short illness.

(Item posted 2/2/2018)

Year-Long Program That Aims to Prepare High School Graduates Who Are Visually Impaired for Success at College and in the Workforce is Accepting Applications

On December 1, 2017, Perkins School for the Blind began accepting applications for College Success, a nine-month, residential, postsecondary educational program that is designed to help high school graduates who are blind or have low vision develop the skills, independence, and confidence they need to smoothly transition to, successfully attend, and finally graduate from an institute of higher learning.

(Item posted 12/8/2017)

An Open Letter to Parents, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, and Stakeholders in the Field of Education of Persons with Visual Impairments

The following letter, "An Open Letter to Parents, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, and Stakeholders in the Field of Education of Persons with Visual Impairments," was developed in 2016 and shared among its co-signers in response to efforts to create state laws that could have a profound effect on the determination of learning and literacy media of children with visual impairments, including those with additional exceptionalities.

(Item posted 8/23/2017)

Tennessee School for the Blind Names New Superintendent after a Two-Year Search

The process involved the input of school alumni, former and current staff members, former students, friends of the school, and a search committee, and after several rounds of interviews, the Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) announced that David Martin had been selected as the new superintendent of the school.

(Item posted 7/6/2017)

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)




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