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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

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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)

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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