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AFB JOURNAL OVISUAL
IMPAIRMENT& BLINDNESS
  
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss  
 

November 2008 • Volume 102 Number 11

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Journal of visual impairment and blindness

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Contents

ARTICLES

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Face Fields and Microperimetry for Estimating the Location of Fixation in Eyes with Macular Disease--print edition page(s) 679-689

Janet S. Sunness

Abstract: Face field evaluation provides insights into the presence and location of the preferred retinal locus, as validated by comparisons with findings from microperimetry. This technique requires no special equipment and can be used in a clinic or at a person's home by clinicians and low vision rehabilitation specialists.

The Psychosocial Impact of Closed-Circuit Televisions on Persons with Age-Related Macular Degeneration--print edition page(s) 690-701

Jessica G. Huber, Jeffrey W. Jutai, J. Graham Strong, and Ann D. Plotkin

Abstract: Closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) are used by many elderly people who have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The functional vision of 68 participants, which was measured immediately after they adopted CCTVs, suggested successful outcomes, but the psychosocial impact of the use of CCTVs did not peak until a month later. The findings help identify circumstances in which CCTV-assisted rehabilitation may be enhanced for better long-term outcomes.

Assistive Technology

Inventory of Electronic Mobility Aids for Persons with Visual Impairments: A Literature Review--print edition page(s) 702-724

Uta R. Roentgen, Gert Jan Gelderblom, Mathijs Soede, and Luc P. de Witte

Abstract: This literature review of existing electronic mobility aids for persons who are visually impaired and recent developments in this field identified and classified 146 products, systems, and devices. The 21 that are currently available that can be used without environmental adaptation are described in functional terms.

Research Report

Adaptation to Low Vision Caused by Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Case Study--print edition page(s) 725-730

Theresa Marie Smith

NEWS AND FEATURES

Editor's Page--print edition page(s) 675-675

Practice Perspectives

A New Perspective for Professionals in Practice--print edition page(s) 677-678

Jane N. Erin

This Mattered to Me

"Observations on the Habilitation of Children with Cortical Visual Impairment," by Maryke Groenveld, James E. Jan, and Patricia Leader--print edition page(s) 731-732

Recommended by Julie Bernas-Pierce

Web Special Feature

Observations on the Habilitation of Children with Cortical Visual Impairment

Maryke Groenveld, James E. Jan, and Patricia Leader

From the Field--print edition page(s) 734-734

News--print edition page(s) 735-736

Calendar--print edition page(s) 736-736


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Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
A Guide to Assessment
By Ike Presley and Frances Mary D'Andrea

Assistive technology is essential in today's world to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to participate fully in school, work, and life. But how can you keep track of all the devices and software and each one's function? And what assistive technology tools are right for your students? If you've asked yourself these questions or others like them, this comprehensive handbook is the resource you need. You'll find a wealth of technical information translated into clear, user-friendly terms in Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment, including:

· An overview of the full range of assistive technology that students can use to manage information in print or electronic formats--whether they use vision, touch or hearing to access information
· How to select appropriate tools and strategies
· A structured process for conducting a technology assessment
· A detailed assessment form that can be used to determine students' technology needs and solutions to address them
· Advice on writing up program recommendations based on assessment results

You'll also find:

· Tips and insights on working with technology effectively
· A summary of laws and regulations relating to assistive technology
· A resource section of assistive technology producers
· Readings about technology instruction
· Reproducible, blank assessment forms

Essential for teachers of students with visual impairments, members of the IEP team, administrators, technology professionals, and anyone who needs to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology.

Projected publication date: Winter 2009

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March 5-7, 2009
Washington, DC

This upcoming election will bring a new administration and Congress, with new leaders, new ideas, and new opportunities. Join us in Washington, DC, for AFB's 2009 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI) to meet new policy leaders and discuss:

· What needs to change to guarantee that people with vision loss can get the services they need to make life, school, and work easier?
· What can we do to ensure that technology is made accessible to enhance independence and healthy living?
· How can we foster healthy living and learning for youth and adults with vision loss?

Mark your calendars to add your voice to the debate!

For registration and more information,
visit www.afb.org/JLTLI.asp

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How to Contact JVIB

Submit

To submit an article, Research Report, or Practice Report for peer review, e-mail it to Dr. Duane R. Geruschat, editor in chief, JVIB: <jvib@jhmi.edu>; or mail it to Lions Vision Center, 550 North Broadway, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205. Inquiries should be sent to: <jvib@lions.med.jhu.edu>.

Contribute

To offer information on a program, conference, product, or promotion for possible publication in From the Field, News, or Calendar, contact: Rebecca Burrichter, associate editor, AFB Press, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <rebeccab@afb.net>.

Advertise

To advertise in JVIB or to receive information on advertisement rates, contact: Sharon Baker-Harris, marketing manager, AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind, 100 Peachtree Street, Suite 620, Atlanta, GA 30303; fax: 404-659-6957; e-mail: <sharonb@afb.net>.

Subscribe

To subscribe to JVIB, contact: AFB Press, P.O. Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143; phone: 800-232-3044 or 412-741-1398; fax 412-741-0609; e-mail: <afbsub@abdintl.com>; web site: <www.afb.org/store>.

Search

To find JVIB, on the web, visit: <www.afb.org/jvib>.

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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: <jvib@afb.net>.

Manuscripts should be e-mailed for peer review to: Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, JVIB: <jvib@jhmi.edu>; 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: <jvibeditor@afb.net>.

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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: <afbpress@afb.net>.

E-mail submissions should be sent to: <jvib@jhmi.edu>.

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: <jvib@lions.med.jhu.edu>.

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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.

Includes:

· 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.

Available formats:

Online-only: $19.00 Order at www.afb.org/store

Print with online access

ASCII on CD-ROM or ASCII on floppy disk with online access

$34.95 each

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