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April 2005 • Volume 99 Number 4

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The Greatest Generation Meets Its Greatest Challenge: Vision Loss and Depression in Older Adults—Colleen O'Donnell, print edition page(s) 197

Abstract: Having lived through the Great Depression and World War II, older adults now face the challenge of vision loss in record numbers. Depression is closely associated with functional loss and social isolation in late-life vision loss. The principles of assisting those who are aging will also benefit those who are aging with a visual impairment. They include recognizing depression, addressing multiple health concerns, promoting well-being, using a client-centered approach, and working collaboratively with the medical community and aging network.

Coping Strategies

In the Darkness There Can Be Light: A Family's Adaptation to a Child's Blindness—Alissa A. Ulster and Beverley J. Antle, print edition page(s) 209

Abstract: Blindness or significant visual impairment can be very difficult for families to cope with. In this article, the authors present an in-depth case study of a family's journey through diagnosis and treatment for retinoblastoma (RB), a rare form of childhood eye cancer affecting the retina. As a part of the analysis of this family's experience, the authors examine assumptions about children's abilities to cope and predominant notions of quality of life through the experiences of one child, Alex, and his family. In spite of signs of psychological trauma, Alex demonstrated a remarkable adaptive ability and had more insights about his experiences than anticipated. Similarly, following a period of considerable worry for their child's health and his ability to adjust to blindness, the parents, too, feel their family has a good quality of life.

Orientation and Mobility

Personal Guidance System for People with Visual Impairment: A Comparison of Spatial Displays for Route Guidance—Jack M. Loomis, James R. Marston, Reginald G. Golledge, and Roberta L. Klatzky, print edition page(s) 219

Abstract: This article reports on a study of route guidance using a navigation system that receives location information from a Global Positioning System receiver. Fifteen visually impaired participants traveled along 50-meter (about 164-foot) paths in each of five conditions that were defined by the type of display interface used. One of the virtual displays-virtual speech-led to the shortest travel times and the highest subjective ratings, despite concerns about the use of headphones.

Research Report

Selected Findings from the First International Evaluation of the Proposed Unified English Braille Code—Darleen Bogart and Alan J. Koenig, print edition page(s) 233

Practice Reports

Crossing Guards: A Safety Patrol Program at a Residential School for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired—Cheryl Besden, Nita Crow, Maya Delgado Greenberg, Gerri Finkelstein, Gary Shrieves, and Marcia Vickroy, print edition page(s) 239

Automatic Transcription of Tactile Maps—Konstantinos Papadopoulos, print edition page(s) 242


Editor's Page, print edition page(s) 195

From the Field, print edition page(s) 247

News, print edition page(s) 251

Calendar, print edition page(s) 251

Classified, print edition page(s) 256


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