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When I first became the editor in chief of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), I worried each month when it came time to write my monthly editorial--what would I say? I now sit here years later worried that I don't have enough space--there is so much to say! The usual competition for space in this monthly page is between important events that affect the journal or its readers and the desire to discuss the wonderful manuscripts that appear in the pages of the journal each month. This July issue is no different.
This month I will take the opportunity to share some truly wonderful news with readers. I am pleased to announce that the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) so values the information published in JVIB that the academy has formed a formal partnership with AFB Press and the journal to offer ACVREP certificants the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) online by reading JVIB articles and answering questions based on their content. This new arrangement reflects the pivotal role JVIB plays as the journal of record for the field, supporting and disseminating its research, and acting as a repository for its knowledge base. The agreement benefits professionals seeking ACVREP recertification by offering them the opportunity to subscribe to the journal and have access to the literature at a reduced rate, and by providing them another option to obtain some of the 100 recertification points or CEUs ACVREP requires of its certificants every 5 years. Everyone involved with JVIB is pleased to be the newest provider of ACVREP CEUs, and we look forward to increasing the exposure of the information published in the journal and to increase its influence on the thinking and practice in the field of visual impairment and blindness. Read more online at <http://jvib.org/CEUs>.
The array of articles from Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and Canada included in this July issue serves as a demonstration of JVIB's role as the preeminent international journal in the field of visual impairment and blindness. The lead article by Heyl and Wahl, the first article to include an opportunity to earn CEUs, is on the cognitive abilities of older adults. As the clients served by readers of the journal age, most are coping with other medical conditions in addition to visual impairment. Heyl and Wahl address the issue of cognitive performance and aging, and discover an important finding: that cognitive training enhances independent living skills among this population.
I do not need to tell readers of the chronic problems and challenges related to employment and people who are visually impaired. Most studies in employment look at skills or, more precisely, skill deficits that prevent visually impaired individuals from gaining employment. Goertz, van Lierop, Houkes, and Nijhuis, in the second article to offer CEUs, take an interesting approach to this topic by exploring the factors that led to labor force participation by blind people. They list communication, training, and education as the leading factors of success in employed individuals with visual impairment.
Many longitudinal studies have demonstrated that social isolation is a major challenge for students with visual impairment upon graduation from high school. The article by Jessup, Cornell, and Bundy studies the benefits young blind people receive from having supportive relationships, a sense of their own identities, feelings of empowerment, and the opportunity to participate in social justice. Gold, Shaw, and Wolffe continue the theme of social lives and leisure experiences and present the findings of a Canadian survey of youths with visual impairments. The authors found no difference in the level of social support based on level of vision, sex, or age.
Those who make a habit of reading these Editor's Pages already know that one of my favorite sections of the journal is the "This Mattered to Me" column. This month's installment of this long-running feature, selected and described beautifully by Rosanne Silberman, discusses the enduring value of a JVIB classic article from 1995 on the van Dijk approach to curriculum. Anyone who works with deaf-blind people will find value in Rosanne's selection.
Enjoy your summer reading, you just might earn credit for it!
Editor in Chief
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