Abstract: This empirical study compared the average ages at which four children with congenital blindness acquired 29 verbal skills with given age norms for sighted children. The results indicated only small developmental delays in the acquisition of verbal skills in the four children, but a high degree of variability in developmental delays within and across nine categories of verbal skills.
Jeanie Farmer and Stephen E. Morse
Giulio E. Lancioni, Mark F. O'Reilly, Nirbhay N. Singh, Jeff Sigafoos, Doretta Oliva, Francesca Campodonico, and Jop Groeneweg
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HumanWare empowers those who are blind or have low vision to live independently and compete effectively in a sighted world.
New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, and statewide is accepting applications for the position of School Superintendent. The Superintendent will provide the leadership necessary to ensure that NMSBVI provides the level of education and services needed to prepare blind / visually / multiply impaired children in New Mexico to participate fully in their families, community, and work force and to lead independent, productive lives. NMSBVI provides services through major programs:
* School Aged: Students, statewide, who are blind/visually impaired between the ages of 3 & 21 are served in a continuum of services through residential and non- residential programs.
Salary: set by the Board of Regents and is 95k to 110k depending on qualifications.
Deadline: Application and materials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2008 addressed to NMSBVI, Attention: Human Resources, 1900 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM 88310. Information regarding the documents required to apply for this position are available on our website.
For More Information, you may visit our website at www.nmsbvi.k12.nm.us.
Contact: Veronica Hernandez, Human Resources Director, 575-437-3505 ext. 168 or 800-437-3505 ext. 168,
New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Alamogordo * Albuquerque * Outreach
If you think a Blackberry(R) is something used to make jam, AFB's 2008 National Conference is for you.
And if you'd like to see your Blackberry(R) crushed into jam, we've got something for you, too.
AFB's 2008 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute is heading to Silicon Valley. The 2008 JLTLI promises:
* A rousing discussion about the present and future role of technology in the blindness and vision loss field
Join us in San Francisco, CA, April 4-5, 2008.
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
CALL FOR PAPERS
Special JVIB Theme Issue
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
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.asp>; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
Manuscripts should be e-mailed for peer review to: Dr. Duane Geruschat, Editor in Chief, JVIB: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; or mailed to: Lions Vision Center, 550 North Broadway, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205.
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 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.asp>, or by contacting AFB Press, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001; phone: 212-502-7651; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <email@example.com>. Manuscripts should be e-mailed to: Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; or mailed to: Lions Vision Center, 550 North Broadway, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205.
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