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August 2006 • Volume 100 Number 8

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Journal of visual impairment and blindness

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Reach for the Stars Guidebook for Positive Transitions

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Celebrating 100 Years




Literacy and Controversy: Focus-Group Data from Canada on Proposed Changes to the Braille Code—Elaine Gerber and Brooke C. Smith, print edition page(s) 459-470

Practice Report

The Use of Tactile Modeling and Physical Guidance as Instructional Strategies in Physical Activity for Children Who Are Blind—Megan O'Connell, Lauren J. Lieberman, and Susan Petersen, print edition page(s) 471-477

Research Reports

Enhancing Digital Access to Learning Materials for Canadians with Perceptual Disabilities: A Pilot Study—Christina Lockerby, Rachel Breau, and Biljana Zuvela, print edition page(s) 477-482

Evaluation in the Older Blind Independent Living Program: Advantages of a Structural Equation Modeling Approach—J. Martin Giesen and Brenda S. Cavenaugh, print edition page(s) 482-487

A Microswitch-based Program to Enable Students with Multiple Disabilities to Choose Among Environmental Stimuli—Giulio E. Lancioni, Mark F. O'Reilly, Nirbhay N. Singh, Jeff Sigafoos, Robert Didden, Doretta Oliva, and Laura Severini, print edition page(s) 488-493


Editor's Page, print edition page(s) 451

A Look Back

100 Years of Trends and Issues in Employment, Rehabilitation, and Legislation—J. Elton Moore, print edition page(s) 453-458

Book Review

Mathematics Made Easy for Children with Visual Impairment —Reviewed by Susan A. Osterhaus, print edition page(s) 495-496

From the Field, print edition page(s) 497-501

News, print edition page(s) 501-504

Calendar, print edition page(s) 504-512


Freedom Scientific Announces!


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* Camera only

* 15" or 17" CRT

* 17" or 19" LCD with adjustable height and viewing angle

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* 28 screen color selections

* Auto Focus

* Focus Lock

* Position Locator

The SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance

* Press large, colorful buttons. SARA reads aloud in human-like voice

* Easy to use with no computer experience

* Accommodates many page sizes, from postcards to the telephone book

* Hear the voices of SARA: Visit www.sara-scanner.com

MAGic Screen Magnification

* 25 magnification levels from I x to 16x

* Speech option reduces eye fatigue by speaking screen information aloud

* Color functions eliminate glare and increase contrast

Freedom Scientific


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Families Connecting with Families in the Heartland of America

July 13-15, 2007 * Omaha, Nebraska

A national conference covering all aspects of raising and educating a child with visual impairment, the 2007 FCF conference will include:

* Interactive sessions and panel discussions to address parents' most pressing interests: braille, social skills, college preparation, getting a first job, children with low vision or additional disabilities, and much more

* Networking with other families and professionals

* Daycare for children

* Activities designed especially for teens

* Fun for the whole family: A trip to Omaha's world-class Henry Doorly Zoo and a pioneer-style family cookout with campfires, music, and stories of the Wild West

The 2007 conference will be held at

Hilton Omaha * 1001 Cass Street * Omaha, Nebraska 68102


National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

American Foundation for the Blind

The Seeing Eye

Keep an eye on the following web sites for more information:




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Aging and Vision Loss

A Handbook for Families

Alberta L. Orr and Priscilla Rogers, Ph.D.

Aging and Vision Loss: A Handbook for Families provides supportive, reassuring, and practical advice for family members confronting vision loss in an elderly parent, other relative, or friend. Answers to common questions and suggestions on how to work toward adjustment are presented, along with tips on improving family communication, finding emotional support, using adaptive strategies for carrying out everyday activities, and organizing one's home and living environment. A comprehensive resource list is included. The large-print paperback is 256 pages long and is $19.95; it is available in large-print paperback and on ASCII disk.

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Celebrating 100 Years ... and Beyond!

In its centennial volume year, the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness remains the primary journal of record for the field of visual impairment and is a critical forum for the discussion of significant research, practice, and trends.

The journal seeks to provide readers with essential information to support and inform their professional thinking and practice. In addition to articles and reports on all aspects of the work of the field, from educational practice to low vision service delivery to rehabilitation issues, JVIB welcomes submissions on the following topics of great current concern:

* Practice reports from teachers of students with visual impairments, including students with multiple disabilities

* Discussions of low vision service delivery, focusing on models of team collaboration and service provider roles, funding and reimbursement issues, and patient need and service outcomes

* Perspectives on the impact of federal No Child Left Behind legislation on programs for students with visual impairments and on teacher effectiveness

* Experiences of participants in the national Medicare demonstration project examining reimbursement of services by certified orientation and mobility specialists, low vision therapists, and vision rehabilitation therapists

* Examinations of different certification models and approaches in such areas as orientation and mobility

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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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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Special JVIB Theme Issue Macular Degeneration: The New Epidemic

Guest editors: Lylas Mogk, M.D., medical director, Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System. Gale Watson, M.Ed., blind rehabilitation specialist, Blind Rehabilitation Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and certified low vision therapist, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center on Aging Veterans with Vision Loss, Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2008

Projected publication date: October 2008

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

* Pathology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), demographics, and risk factors

* Current medical and surgical treatments and those on the horizon

* The impact of AMD on visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and central visual field

* The functional impact of AMD: literacy, activities of daily living, community participation, and mobility and transportation

* The impact on function of co-morbidities common to aging

* The psychosocial impact of AMD

* Charles Bonnet Syndrome: prevalence, theories, and experience

* The impact of AMD on family and community interactions

* Personal stories of AMD

* The impact of AMD on society

* Rehabilitation of individuals with AMD: visual skills, activities of daily living, environmental adaptations, and counseling

* Service delivery systems and funding issues

* Outcome studies for rehabilitation services

* Future trends and expectations

The guest editors welcome your inquiries and ideas for this issue. Contact the editors by e-mail: Lylas Mogk, <lmogk1@hfhs.org>; and Gale Watson, <gale.watson@med.va.gov>.

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: Dr. Duane Geruschat, Editor in Chief, JVIB, Lions Vision Center, 550 North Broadway, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205.

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Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments: From Theory to Practice

Sharon Z. Sacks and Karen W. Wolffe, Editors




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A Parents' Guide to Special Education Services for Children with Visual Impairments

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Proceedings of the Summit on Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment: Educational, Family, and Medical Perspective, April 30, 2005

Elizabeth Dennison and Amanda Hall Lueck, Editors

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Tactile Strategies for Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities: Promoting Communication and Learning Skills

Deborah Chen and June E. Downing

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Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities

Deborah Chen and June E. Downing



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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.


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 World articles 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.


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.


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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