Martin R. Monson and Sandy K. Bowen
Abstract: This article presents a review of research on the development of phonological awareness by braille readers. The review determined that the relationship between phonological awareness and braille is uncertain because of the lack of commonality among the studies, the extent of contradictory findings, and the small number of studies involving beginning braille readers.
Vassilios S. Argyropoulos, Georgios D. Sideridis, and Philippos Katsoulis
Abstract: This study explored the choices of literacy media for independent study of students with visual impairments. The predictors that were taken into account were teachers' use of technology, experience in teaching, and mastery of braille and the knowledge of braille of students, parents, and close friends.
Deborah R. Shapiro, Aaron Moffett, Lauren Lieberman, and Gail M. Dummer
Abstract: This study examined perceived competence; ratings of importance of physical appearance, athletic competence, and social acceptance; discrepancy scores; and global self-worth of 43 children with visual impairments. The findings revealed that the children discounted the importance of physical appearance, athletic competence, and social acceptance and had moderately high ratings of global, or overall, self-worth. The results are discussed in relation to understanding the effects of discounting strategies on domain-specific and overall self-esteem.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Reading Instruction for Students with Visual Impairments: Whose Job Is It?
M. Cay Holbrook
Anna M. Swenson
Sept. 5-6, 2008 * Westin Riverwalk Hotel * San Antonio
A multi-disciplinary low vision rehabilitation & research conference
Call for presentations:
Share your knowledge of the low vision rehabilitation field. Easy online submission of your presentation by April 30. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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Share your research on vision science or low vision rehabilitation in a platform talk or poster session. Easy online submission of your abstract by June 16. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join Optometrists, O&Ms, Occupational Therapists, TVIs, LVTs, VRTs, MDs, vision researchers, and advocates for the vision impaired and blind. Four simultaneous tracks of programming; last year attendees earned up to 22.5 CEs from ACVREP, AOTA, COPE, ARBO, or CRCC.
See why one TVI said, "The conference was awesome ... in 25 years as an educator this was the best conference I have ever attended."
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The GuildScholar Program
A Scholarship for Visually Impaired High School Students
Open to all legally blind high school students entering college in September 2008. Application to be made at the end of the junior year of high school.
Must be a US Citizen or legal resident, have an excellent academic record and have demonstrated school and community leadership.
Scholarships of up to $15,000 will be competitively awarded to qualified students. The deadline for the 2008 scholarships is July 1st, 2007. The GuildScholar application is online.
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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
2008 AccessWorld® Guide to Assistive Technology Products
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American Foundation for the blind
Special JVIB Theme Issue: Literacy
Guest editors: M. Cay Holbrook, Ph.D., associate professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia; and Carol Farrenkopf, Ed.D., Vision Program Coordinator, Toronto District School Board
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2009
Projected publication date: October 2009
The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue, Literacy. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Reflections on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille
· Reading instruction, including instruction in braille, large print, and standard print with optical devices
· Dual-media instruction and dual-media learners
· Legislation that impacts literacy instruction and services, including No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
· Results of research related to literacy for students with visual impairment leading to evidence-based practice
· Adoption, use, and discussion of the Unified English Braille Code
· Emergent literacy skills and functional literacy skills
· The relationship between literacy and technology and assistive technology
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
E-mail submissions should be sent to: <email@example.com>.
Postal mail submissions should be sent to:
Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief, JVIB
Lions Vision Center
550 North Broadway, 6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21205
Questions should be sent to the editor in chief at the following e-mail address:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Celebrating 100 Years ... and Beyond!
For the past 100 years, the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) has been 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.asp>; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Manuscripts should be e-mailed for peer review to: Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, JVIB: <email@example.com>; or mailed to: Lions Vision Center, 550 North Broadway, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205. Inquiries for the editor in chief should be e-mailed to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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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