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August 1999 • Volume 93 Number 8

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Journal of visual impairment and blindness

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Low Vision

Head-Mounted Displays: Are They Practical for School-Aged Children?--print edition page(s) 485-497

Duane R. Geruschat, James T. Deremeik, and Sharon S. Whited

Abstract: Head-mounted displays (HMDs) for people with low vision are video devices with user-controlled variable magnification and some degree of contrast enhancement. In this preliminary study of visually impaired students in a residential school, HMDs improved acuity and contrast sensitivity, prevented glare, and enhanced performance of near, intermediate, and distance tasks, including mobility. The study also showed that students enjoyed using the devices.


Parents, Adolescents, and Career Plans of Visually Impaired Students--print edition page(s) 498-515

John McConnell

Abstract: This article describes a model program that included parents of students who are blind or visually impaired in structured career planning exercises. Students confirmed career choices, became more aware of career values, and were encouraged to explore future career alternatives. The comments of the parents suggested that they had acquired understanding of their child's career choices.

Orientation and Mobility

Trends in the Use of Alternative Mobility Devices--print edition page(s) 516-521

Annette C. Skellenger

Abstract: This survey of 120 orientation and mobility instructors found that 75% have taught their students to use alternative mobility devices. The type of device taught most often was a two-shafted device (such as the Connecticut precane). Other devices included riding toys, upright push toys, and probing devices.


Editor's Page--print edition page(s) 483-483

Product Evaluation

Access to Databases: Which Windows Database Programs Work Best with Screen Readers?--print edition page(s) 522-529

Crista L. Earl

Book Review

The Mystery of the Eye and the Shadow of Blindness--print edition page(s) 529-530

Reviewed by Deborah Kent

Employment Update

Teaching Job Placement Techniques to Vision Rehabilitation Professionals: A Working Model--print edition page(s) 531-533

Karen Wolffe and Gil Johnson

From the Field--print edition page(s) 534-537

News--print edition page(s) 537-540

Calendar--print edition page(s) 540-544

Classified--print edition page(s) 544-544





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