Abstract: This study examined the accessibility barriers of a computerized adapted test called the Measure of Academic Performance. The results showed that as magnification increased, time on the test increased and students required visual efficiency skills. Students who used refreshable braille displays were faced with several obstacles.
Silvia M. Correa-Torres
Abstract: This qualitative case study investigated the nature of social experiences and opportunities for communication among students who are deaf-blind, their sighted peers with no hearing loss, and adults in inclusive settings. Strategies used by adults to promote interaction were also observed. Implications and suggestions for future research are provided.
Murat Bengisu, Gökhan Izbırak, and Adham Mackieh
Abstract: Various aspects of the working life of people who are visually impaired were investigated in a telephone survey conducted in Turkey. Although the participants performed many types of jobs successfully, many issues need to be solved for the more efficient participation of people with visual impairments in the economy.
Kumiko Matsunaka and Naoko Koda
Abstract: The degree of acceptance of dog guides at public facilities, which is required by law in Japan, was investigated, and evidence of rejection was found. Japanese people with visual impairments who used dog guides reported higher daily stress levels than did those who did not use dog guides.
NEWS AND FEATURES
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Reviewed by Derrick W. Smith
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
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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
The GuildScholar Program
A Scholarship for Visually Impaired High School Students
Open to all legally blind high school students entering college in September 2009. 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, 2008. The GuildScholar application is online.
Please log on to www.jgb.org/guildscholar.asp
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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 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.
2008 AccessWorld® Guide to Assistive Technology Products
In the ever-changing world of technology, how do you keep track of all the trends and new products? Look to the AccessWorld® Guide to Assistive Technology Products! The completely updated 2008 edition includes detailed profiles of over 280 products for people who are blind or visually impaired, including more than 30 new products.
The Product Guide will help you find the right device for your needs. From cell phones, PDAs, and GPS systems to screen readers, braille printers, and CCTVs--they're all here in one convenient easy-to-use guide.
· Hundreds of products, with a full description of product features
· Easy-to-use charts that compare products
· A comprehensive guide on how to buy an accessible cell phone
· A new section on accessible cell phones and related software
· A new section on Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
· A list of evaluations published in AccessWorld®, AFB's technology magazine
· A resource section with manufacturer name and contact information
New online access!
With your print or CD purchase, you'll receive access to the new online edition, at no additional cost. Enjoy live links to manufacturers' web sites, in-depth product evaluations in AccessWorld®, as well as powerful search capabilities.
Online-only: $19.00 Order at www.afb.org/store
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American Foundation for the blind
New Sixth Edition!
The Oregon Project
for Preschool Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired
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An Assessment and Curriculum designed for children birth to six who are blind or visually impaired
Used by parents, teachers, vision specialists and counselors
A Skills Inventory of more than 800 developmental skills
A Manual that includes teaching activities, a reference section, checklists, blank forms, and specialized evaluation tools for unique areas of development for blind or visually impaired children
Complete Set ....................$150
Parent Set ..........................$90
Skills inventory Packet ....$50
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View International Foundation
Tactile Diagram Collection on CDs.
There are 11,280 diagrams Covering STEM subjects:
Aeronautics and Astronautics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Atmospheric Science, Graphs and Shapes, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Economics, Languages, Life Sciences, Physical Education, and Psychology
Complete 10-CD collection: $259.00
Individual CDs: $59.00 which includes S&H charges.
Also while supplies last are copies of Touch The Sun by Noreen Grice for $35.00
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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.
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Learn about low vision rehabilitation through extensive workshops, research sessions and poster presentations. Visit the Exhibit Hall to see the latest services and products in the low vision field. Network with industry leaders and colleagues, all while earning valuable CE credits from AOTA, COPE, ACVREP, and CRCC.
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