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My two favorite months for writing the Editor's Page are December, when I am able to reflect on the year that has passed, and the month in spring in which I acknowledge the work of the journal's peer reviewers. So many people work behind the scenes to make the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) what it is that I enjoy any opportunity that allows me to publically acknowledge their contributions. This month I honor the journal's peer reviewers by publishing the names and affiliations of those who reviewed manuscripts in 2009. Please take a moment to read these names and affiliations; they represent the most highly respected experts from around the world in the field of visual impairment and blindness who freely offer their time to help shape the literature of the field that is published in JVIB. I am certain that authors submit their work to JVIB because they want access to its 290 peer reviewers. The peer review process, and the reviewers themselves, provide the unique value and ultimately the prestige that comes from being accepted for publication in JVIB. Of this esteemed group, the Peer Reviewers of the Year represent the two individuals who reviewed the highest number of manuscripts in 2009 and whose reviews were extraordinary in quality in terms of the comments and suggestions they included for authors. The 2009 Peer Reviewers of the Year are Sharon Sacks, from the California School for the Blind, and Duncan McGregor, from York Region District School Board, Ontario, Canada. These two individuals have consistently supported JVIB in a variety of ways and it is my pleasure to honor them for their contributions. Congratulations, Sharon and Duncan!
In our continued effort to offer readers of JVIB practical information they can use in their work, this month's issue offers information on many topics of interest to practitioners interleaved with the usual high-quality research that is featured every month in the journal. The issue begins with another installment of Jane Erin's "Practice Perspectives" column. In her introductory essay, Dr. Erin discusses the methods of several teachers from across the United States who use a variety of techniques to make complex concepts meaningful to their students with visual impairments. Tiffany Wild and Kathy Cabe Trundle, the authors of the short article that follows Dr. Erin's introduction, describe a science lesson about wild turkeys that they adapted for middle school students with visual impairments. The authors do a wonderful job of presenting their ideas in creative and exciting ways.
In the lead article, Sauerburger and Bourquin combine their experiences as practitioners within the context of learning theory, and offer an important article that will be of use to students in orientation and mobility (O&M) personnel preparation programs and their instructors. Continuing the focus on O&M, Kuyk, Liu, Elliott, and Fuhr assess the effect of visual search training on the avoidance of obstacles by adults with visual impairments.
The remainder of the articles and reports are on a variety of subjects. Veispak and Ghesquière interpret braille reading problems in the context of developmental dyslexia, an interesting proposition that will expand your thinking on this topic. Readers who work in low vision clinics will find useful the Practice Report by Gerritsen that offers a systematic analysis of the contrast sensitivity of illuminated stand magnifiers. In an Around the World from Singapore, Wong and Chia provide an overview of primary and secondary programs for students with visual impairments.
This month's issue concludes with a must-read feature: the Book Review, in which the chair of the journal's Editorial Advisory Board offers a captivating description of a book that analyzes society's perceptions of people who are blind. In my opinion, the book being reviewed--God, Money, and Politics, by Simon Hayhoe--is also a must-read.
We cover a lot of ground this month. I am certain there is something for readers from every discipline to enjoy in the April issue of JVIB.
Editor in Chief
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