SPECIAL ISSUE ON MULTIPLE DISABILITIES
Learning Media Assessments
Amy R. McKenzie
Abstract: This study investigated the decision-making process used by teachers of students with visual impairments in determining the literacy media of students who are deaf-blind. Data were collected using an online survey. The findings included the sporadic use of learning media assessments.
Steve McCall and Mike McLinden
Abstract: This article reports on a study of teachers in the United Kingdom who use the Moon Code to develop literacy skills through touch in children with visual impairments and additional disabilities. It explores the motives, purposes, and values that underpin the teachers' decisions to embark on and sustain instruction in literacy for these children.
Ellen Trief, Louis De Lisi, Robert Cravello, and Zhichao Yu
Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O'Reilly, Jeff Sigafoos, Doretta Oliva, Laura Severini, Angela Smaldone, and Manuela Tamma
Abstract: This study assessed the viability of using microswitch clusters (combinations of microswitches) plus contingent stimulation to promote adaptive responding and to reduce aberrant behavior in two children with multiple disabilities. The results revealed that both children increased their adaptive responses, learned to perform these responses free from aberrant behavior, and maintained this level of performance three months later.
Susan M. Bruce, Allison Mann, Chelsea Jones, and Mary Gavin
Abstract: This descriptive study examined the topography, rate, and function of gestures expressed by seven children who are congenitally deaf-blind. Participants expressed a total of 44 conventional and idiosyncratic gestures. They expressed 6-13 communicative functions through gestures and 7 functions through a single type of gesture. They also expressed idiosyncratic gestures and used specific gestures for functions other than those that are typically associated with those gestures.
Marleen J. Janssen, Sanne Nota, Paul A. T. M. Eling, and Wied A. J. J. M. Ruijssenaars
Around the World
NEWS AND FEATURES
Jane N. Erin
Success through Innovation
HumanWare empowers those who are blind or have low vision to live independently and compete effectively in a sighted world.
Section one includes maps, charts, and text of North America, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, plus the Indian subcontinent
This atlas from APH meets 70 specific readability guidelines developed for users with low vision.
NOTE: Other sections will be available in the future.
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Cortical Visual Impairment
An Approach to Assessment and Intervention
By Christine Roman-Lantzy
The current leading cause of visual impairment among children is not a disease or condition of the eyes, but cortical visual impairment (CVI)--also known as cerebral visual impairment--in which visual dysfunction is caused by damage or injury to the brain. The definition, nature, and treatment of CVI are the focus of great concern and widespread debate, and this complex condition poses challenges to professionals and families seeking to support the growth and development of visually impaired children. On the basis of more than 30 years' experience in working with hundreds of children of all ages with CVI, Christine Roman-Lantzy has developed a set of unique assessment tools and systematic, targeted principles whose use has helped children learn to use their vision more effectively. This one-of-a-kind resource provides readers with both a conceptual framework with which to understand working with CVI and concrete strategies to apply directly in their work.
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Table of Contents
My Introduction to "CVI"
Chapter 1 Cortical Visual Impairment: An Overview
Chapter 2 Medical and Other Causes of Cortical Visual Impairment
Chapter 3 Visual and Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Cortical Visual Impairment
Chapter 4 The Primacy of Parents
Chapter 5 Functional Vision Assessment: The CVI Range
Chapter 6 Program Planning and Intervention
Appendixes Essential Forms
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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.
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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.
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