Orientation & Mobility
Robert Wall Emerson and Dona Sauerburger
Abstract: This study assessed the ability of people with visual impairments to reliably detect oncoming traffic at crossing situations with no traffic control. In at least one condition, the participants could not hear vehicles to afford a safe crossing time when sound levels were as quiet as possible. Significant predictors of detection accounted for a third of the variation in the detection time.
Michael Oren, Chris Harding, and Terri L. Bonebright
Abstract: This article reports on the evaluation of a novel audio platform game that creates a spatial, interactive experience via audio cues. A pilot study with players with visual impairments, and usability testing comparing the visual and audio game versions using both sighted players and players with visual impairments, revealed that all the participants played the audio platform game successfully.
Samuel N. Markowitz, Christine K. Kent, Ronald A. Schuchard, and Donald C. Fletcher
NEWS AND FEATURES
Susan Jay Spungin
Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment
This new assessment tool is useful for gathering, tracking, and analyzing information regarding students' functional vision and appropriate learning media.
Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
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
You'll also find:
· Tips and insights on working with technology effectively
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
'09 Josephine L. Taylor
March 5-7, 2009
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?
Mark your calendars to add your voice to the debate!
For registration and more information,
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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: <email@example.com>.
Manuscripts should be e-mailed for peer review to: Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, JVIB: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; 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: <email@example.com>.
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.
Questions should be sent to the editor in chief at the following e-mail address: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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.
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