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September 2005 • Volume 99 Number 9

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College Bound: Practical Steps for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Social Support

Social Support and Well-being in Adults Who Are Visually Impaired—Verena R. Cimarolli and Kathrin Boerner, print edition page(s) 521

Abstract: This study explored multiple aspects of social support and their links to the well-being of working-age adults with visual impairments. Instrumental help from family members was the most frequent type of positive support that was received, and underestimation of the participants' capabilities was the most frequent type of negative support that was received. Less-optimal well-being appeared to be linked with experiencing a lack of support and with receiving only negative support.

Retinopathy of Prematurity

Impact of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, Preterm Birth, and Vision Loss on Development—Marie Celeste, print edition page(s) 535

Abstract: This study compared the developmental outcomes of twin boys (one who is blind and one who is sighted) who were born prematurely and diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) at age 24 months. The results indicate a disparity in the developmental outcomes of the twins. Although the medical risk factors that are associated with TTTS and preterm births, as well as vision loss, appear to have a negative impact on developmental outcomes, it is impossible to determine the degree to which any factor is responsible for this result.

Practice Report

The Need for Reciprocity between States in Creating Employment Opportunities in the Randolph-Sheppard Program—J. Elton Moore, print edition page(s) 549

Research Report

The Jordy Electronic Magnification Device: Opinions, Observations, and Commentary—Barry Francis, print edition page(s) 553


Editor's Page , print edition page(s) 515


Unified English Braille: Australians Blazing the Trail—William Jolley, print edition page(s) 517

Starting My Own Small Business—Matthew Johnson and Diane Hansen , print edition page(s) 519

Book Review

Helen Keller: Selected Writings —Reviewed by M. Cay Holbrook, print edition page(s) 565

From the Field , print edition page(s) 567

News , print edition page(s) 570

Calendar , print edition page(s) 572


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Department of Health and Behavior Studies

Blindness and Visual Impairment

Position: The Program in Blindness and Visual Impairment within the Department of Health and Behavior Studies seeks an energetic and professionally active faculty member for a term-appointment position at the assistant professor level.

Responsibilities: Coordinate masters and doctoral programs in Blindness and Visual Impairment; develop an active program of research; teach masters and doctoral courses; advise students and supervise doctoral dissertations; seek external funding to support research and program development activities; provide service to the profession through active participation at conferences and in professional associations.

Qualifications: Earned doctorate; strong background and experience in the education of students with blindness and visual impairment; evidence of research productivity and potential for external funding; commitment to teaching excellence. Demonstrated record of teaching at the P-12 level is desirable.

Rank: Assistant Professor, Non-Tenure Track; 3-year term appointment with the ability to apply for a tenure-track appointment depending on program needs and the availability of resources.

Send: CV, letter of intent with statement of research and teaching interests, representative publications or preprints, and 3 letters of reference to Professor Linda Hickson, Search Committee Chair, Box 223, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, New York 10027.

Review of application will begin by November 1, 2005, and continue until the search is completed. Appointment begins September 2006.

Teachers College

Columbia University

525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027


Teachers College as an institution is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment. In offering education, psychology, and health studies, the College is committed to providing expanding employment opportunities to persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities in its own activities and in society. Candidates whose qualifications and experience are directly relevant to College priories (e.g. urban issues, education equity, and concerns of under represented groups) may be considered for higher rank than advertised.

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College Bound: A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments

Ellen Trief and Raquel Feeney

The transition from high school to college is a significant turning point in a student's life, and this easy-to-read guide gives students the tools they need to select and apply to college and move forward with skill and confidence. Everything a student needs to know from developing organizational, note taking, test taking, and study skills to managing living space, student-teacher relationships, social and academic life, and extracurricular and leisure time acticities is included. College Bound is written to provide helpful pointers, suggestions, and strategies, plus friendly advice for:

* Students

* Teachers

* Parents

* Disability Services Office Coordinators

* Professors

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* High School Counselors

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August 2005

Large print, 280 pp. with appendixes, charts, illustrations

Paperback: 0-89128-803-1

ASCII disk: 0-89128-804-X


AFB Press / American Foundation for the Blind

To order visit: www.afb.org/store or call 800-232-3044

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Special JVIB Theme Issue

Macular Degeneration: The New Epidemic

Guest editors: Lylas Mogk, M.D., medical director, Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System. Gale Watson, M.Ed., blind rehabilitation specialist, Blind Rehabilitation Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office, Washington, D.C., and certified low vision therapist, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center on Aging Veterans with Vision Loss, Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2006

Projected publication date: October 2006

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue on Macular Degeneration: The New Epidemic. More details will be available in subsequent issues of the journal.

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>; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <afbpress@afb.net>.

Manuscripts should be sent for peer review to:

Dr. Duane Geruschat

Editor in Chief, JVIB

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550 North Broadway, 6th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21205

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Students' Learning Needs

Marilyn H. Gense and D. Jay Gense

Amid the current controversy around autism, this timely book focuses on the complex and varied effects on learning and behavior that result when a child with an autism spectrum disorder is also visually impaired. In this comprehensive look at how autism spectrum disorders interact with visual impairments, two exceptional educators condense their years of personal and professional experience into a one-of-a-kind handbook of effective ways to work with students.

July 2005

Paperback: 0-89128-880-5

352 pp.


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To order visit www.afb.org/store or call 800-232-3044

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