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

April 2006 • Volume 100 Number 4

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Journal of visual impairment and blindness

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Celebrating 100 Years

Contents

Articles

Braille

Focus Group Research on the Implications of Adopting the Unified English Braille Code—Robin Wetzel and Marie Knowlton, print edition page(s) 203-211

Low Vision

Adolescents with Low Vision: Perceptions of Driving and Nondriving—Sharon Zell Sacks and L. Penny Rosenblum, print edition page(s) 212-222

Physical Education

Beliefs About Physical Activity Among Children Who Are Visually Impaired and Their Parents—Moira E. Stuart, Lauren Lieberman, and Karen E. Hand, print edition page(s) 223-234

Research Report

Promoting a Message on Vision Loss to Diverse Groups of Adults—Verena R. Cimarolli, Cynthia Stuen, and Carol J. Sussman-Skalka, print edition page(s) 235-239

NEWS AND FEATURES

Editor's Page, print edition page(s) 195

A Look Back

100 Years of Braille and Communication Media—Stuart H. Wittenstein, print edition page(s) 197-202

UnUSABLE Data Report

Making Typos at Work Work for You—Corinne Kirchner, print edition page(s) 241-243

From the Field, print edition page(s) 243-248

News, print edition page(s) 248-250

Calendar, print edition page(s) 250-256

Classified, print edition page(s) 256


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TESTIMONIALS

"An excellent reference book." --Wills Eye Hospital

"This book is written as a manual for the newly one-eyed and addresses the problems that occur during daily living with monocular vision." --American Medical Journal

"A wonderful resource for patients who need to deal with the loss of one eye." --Sean Donahue, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Vanderbilt University

"Frank Brady's book, A Singular View, pointed out various things that I was not aware of . . . even being monocular myself!" --Julius Axelrod, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate

"A great reference for the many monocular patients I have treated over the years. I always felt that I could do a more thorough counseling job by giving the patient a copy of the book." --Robert Allen, M.D., Department Chair/Ophthalmology, Medical College of Virginia

"I noticed an excellent diagram illustrating how to determine curb depth (page 55) which we would like to use in our curriculum." --Betsy O'Donnell, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Pennsylvania College of Optometry

"We at the University of Iowa Health Care Ophthalmology Clinic have found the book very helpful for use with monocular patients. The new, sixth edition is even better! The book continues to maintain its common sense-real life approach" --Pat Koffron, R.N., University of Iowa Health Care

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Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

From Theory to Practice

Sharon Z. Sacks and Karen E. Wolffe, Editors

How do children become social beings? When a child is unable to observe visually and imitate how other people react and interact, this complex developmental process can become fragmented, and incomplete. As a result, providing specific information, direct instruction, and opportunities for social interaction to children who are blind or visually impaired is critical to their growth and education. Edited by two groundbreaking educators and researchers, with contributions from other outstanding educators and researchers in this area, Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments: From Theory to Practice explores what theory can tell us about how children who are visually impaired become socially skilled individuals. It then, presents a compendium of techniques and strategies for helping youngsters, from preschoolers through young adults, including those with additional disabilities, develop and refine social skills.

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The AccessWorld 2006 Guide to Assistive Technology Products

JAY LEVENTHAL, EDITOR

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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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EXTENDED DEADLINE

for the Special JVIB Theme Issue on Macular Degeneration

JVIB has extended the deadline for submissions on this very important subject area. Topics include, but are not limited to pathology, demographics, risk factors; medical and surgical treatments; visual, functional, psychosocial, familial, and societal impact of AMD; personal stories; rehabilitation; service delivery systems and funding issues; outcomes; and future trends and expectations.

Deadline for submissions:

January 31, 2007

Projected date of publication:

October 2008

Guest editors: Lylas Mogk, M.D.,

e-mail: <lmogk1@hfhs.org>; and

Gale Watson, M.Ed., e-mail:

<gale.watson@med.va.gov>.

Read the guidelines for contributors

for more information on how to submit your manuscript:

<www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines>.

Send manuscripts for peer review

to: Dr. Duane Geruschat, Editor

in Chief, JVIB, Lions Vision Center

550 North Broadway, 6th Floor,

Baltimore, MD 21205.

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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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