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AFB JOURNAL OVISUAL
IMPAIRMENT& BLINDNESS
  
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss  
 

March 2006 • Volume 100 Number 3

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Journal of visual impairment and blindness

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Celebrating 100 Years

Contents

Articles

Accessible Materials

Trends in Braille and Large-print Production in the United States: 2000-2004—Robert Wall Emerson, Anne Corn, and Mary Ann Siller, print edition page(s) 137-151

Abstract: This study investigated practices in the production and distribution of braille and large-print textbooks, highlighting changes in production and delivery systems from 2000 to 2004. The findings indicate that fewer states use production models for the statewide acquisition and distribution of special materials and that there is a greater reliance on materials from the American Printing House for the Blind and a greater use of publishers' electronic files for production.

Low Vision

The Psychosocial Experiences of a Student with Low Vision --Anne L. George and Cheryll Duquette, print edition page(s) 152-163

Abstract: This article presents an in-depth case study of the psychosocial experiences of Eric, a student with low vision, who is enjoying social success in his neighborhood school. It explores the factors that contribute to Eric's social successes at school and in the community and presents a model for inclusion.

Research Reports

The Reading Behavior Inventory: An Outcome Assessment Tool—Gregory L. Goodrich, Jennine Kirby, Jennifer Wood, and Laura Peters, print edition page(s) 164-168

A Social Validation Assessment of Cooperative versus Individual Task Engagement of Persons with Multiple Disabilities—Giulio E. Lancioni, Mark F. O'Reilly, Nirbhay N. Singh, Sara Pidala, Giorgia Piazzolla, Doretta Oliva, and Jop Groeneweg, print edition page(s) 169-173

Usability of AcceSS for Web Site Accessibility—Stephanie Hackett and Bambang Parmanto, print edition page(s) 173-181

NEWS AND FEATURES

Editor's Page , print edition page(s) 131

A Look Back , print edition page(s) 133-136

From the Field , print edition page(s) 183-185

News , print edition page(s) 186-187

Calendar , print edition page(s) 188-192


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The AccessWorld 2006 Guide to Assistive Technology Products

JAY LEVENTHAL, EDITOR

Assistive technology products are the essential resources that enable people with vision loss to live and work independently.

Can't decide which video magnifier to buy? Want to upgrade your screen reader? Thinking of getting a personal digital assistant? Whatever your needs, the AccessWorld 2006 Guide to Assistive Technology Products has the information you're looking for. Detailed profiles of over 200 products are provided to help you determine which ones best meet your needs.

Each profile includes:

* Product name and category

* Manufacturer's name

* Suggested price

* Product features

* And more!

Available February 2006

Tentative price: $24.95

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A separate section lists all manufacturers and their contact information, as well as warranty information. Also included is a product index, category descriptions, an overview of the year, and a how-to guide for making your purchase.

The Guide also includes a comprehensive list of objective product evaluations previously published in AccessWorld, AFB's technology magazine.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Special JVIB Theme Issue: Multiple Disabilities

Guest editor: Bernadette Kappen, Ph.D., director, Overbrook School for the Blind

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2007

Projected publication date: October 2007

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue, Multiple Disabilities. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Language and communication skills

* Career development and employment

* Social and emotional skills and sex education

* Orientation and mobility

* Leisure and recreation and community skills

* Self-determination

* Transition planning

* Special medical concerns and common etiologies

* Emergent literacy skills and functional literacy skills

* Social isolation

* Behavioral issues

* Motor development, including sensory integration

* Assessment, testing, and No Child Left Behind

* Personnel needs and preparations for pre-service and continuing education

* Technology and assistive technology

* Curriculum and effective Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

* Service delivery models and related services

Guidelines for contributors are generally printed in each issue of JVIB, and are also available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind: web site: <www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines>; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <afbpress@afb.net>.

Manuscripts should be sent for peer review to:
Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief, JVIB
Lions Vision Center
550 North Broadway
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21205

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JVIB Guidelines for Contributors

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is the international, interdisciplinary journal of record on blindness and visual impairment that publishes scholarship and information and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, airing of controversies, and discussion of issues.

JVIB invites submissions in the following categories

Article: Full-length manuscripts on research, theory, reviews of the literature, or practice-based activities. The topics may have far-reaching and broad impact. Articles are peer reviewed. Length: 2,500-5,000 words.

Research Report: A shorter format for presenting research results. The main difference between articles and Research Reports is length. In addition, Research Reports may have a more focused or narrower impact than articles and may report pilot studies, research in progress, or studies with a small number of subjects. Research Reports are peer reviewed. Length: 1,000-2,500 words.

Practice Report: An opportunity for teachers, rehabilitation specialists, and other practitioners to share information about innovative techniques, strategies, and service delivery. Practice Reports are shorter in length than practice-based articles and may provide more focused information and a less comprehensive discussion of the implications. Practice Reports are peer reviewed. Length: 1,000-2,500 words.

Around the World: A forum for reporting on research or programs that are specific to one culture or part of the world and that may not have broader relevance. Around the Worlds are peer reviewed. Length: 500-2,500 words.

Comment: A discussion of a timely topic, based on the author s experience or opinions. Comments are not peer reviewed. Length: 500-1,000 words.

Letter to the Editor: A direct response to a paper that was recently published in JVIB. The authors of the paper referred to are given a chance to respond to the letter in the same issue in which the letter appears. Note that letters may be edited for length and style. Letters are not peer reviewed. Length: Varies.

Submission information

Authors should send one paper copy and one disk copy (preferably in ASCII or Microsoft Word). Authors are required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement that gives AFB copyright to the paper once it is published. JVIB does not consider manuscripts that are simultaneously submitted elsewhere or previously published elsewhere.

Contact information

The full version of the JVIB Guidelines for Contributors can be found online, <www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines>, or by contacting AFB Press, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001; phone: 212-502-7651; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <press@afb.net>. Manuscripts should be sent to: Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Lions Vision Center, 550 North Broadway, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205; e-mail: <jvib@lions.med.jhu.edu>.

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