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February 2010

AFB Press Releases Second Edition of Foundations of Low Vision

Cover of Foundations of Low Vision On February 15, 2010, AFB Press released the second edition of Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives, the groundbreaking text that advanced the understanding of the functional reality of low vision. The second edition has been updated and expanded to further present the most effective methods for assessing and supporting children and adults with low vision. This edition also further illustrates the best methods for evaluating plan programs and services that are focused on optimizing functional vision and people's ability to lead productive lives.

First published in 1996, this major resource highlighted the importance of the functional, as well as the clinical, implications of low vision. The first edition ultimately contributed to the expansion of services that are based on the individual's actual abilities, rather than clinical measurements, which only convey one dimension of an individual's needs.

Edited by Anne L. Corn and Jane N. Erin, and written by experts in every area, Foundations of Low Vision provides information on the latest research, best practices and state-of-the-art technology. It includes five new chapters and has been reorganized to better examine the needs of individuals in different age categories.

Orders are being taken now at the AFB Press online bookstore.

News and Announcements

AFB Announces 2010 Migel Medal Recipients
AFB is pleased to announce the 2010 winners of the prestigious Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The 2010 Professional Award recipient is Tuck Tinsley III, President, American Printing House for the Blind, and the 2010 Migel Lay Award recipient is Deane B. Blazie, an electrical engineer and developer of the Braille 'n Speak. Deane Blazie was honored January 28, 2010, during the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Orlando, FL, and Tuck Tinsley will be honored during the 2010 APH conference taking place October 14-16 in Louisville, KY. Read the full announcement at the AFB Press Room.

AFB's West Virginia Office Has Moved
AFB's West Virginia office will be moving in mid February. The new address is:

1000 Fifth Ave., Suite 350
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: (304) 523-8651
Fax: (646) 478-9260

AccessWorld® Reviews Oratio
Darren Burton, National Program Associate for Technology, shares his initial thoughts on the Oratio, the first screen reader available for the popular Blackberry® line of cell phones and PDAs. He compares it to other screen readers and evaluates its compatibility to other Blackberry applications. Read the article in the February issue of AccessWorld.

Perkins School for the Blind is the Agency of the Month for AFB Senior Site®
Every month, AFB Senior Site features an agency or organization that is helping adults who are losing their vision continue to enjoy life. In addition to an overview of the agency's services, each agency shares an inspirational story featuring one of their clients. This month focuses on Anne Doherty, who was losing her vision and her hearing, and had recently lost her husband to cancer. "Through Perkins, Anne has gained self-confidence and learned adaptive techniques for daily living skills, and perhaps more importantly, she has become great friends with several women who are in similar situations." To read more about Anne Doherty and the Perkins School for the Blind, visit AFB Senior Site.

We Want to Hear Your Stories!
At AFB Press, we firmly believe that high-quality information has the potential to create amazing change. We often hear your stories about how the information in an AFB Press book or JVIB article helped to create success for a family, individual or organization. We would like to share those stories with our readers. Please e-mail us at with the name of the book or JVIB article you read and a brief description of how the knowledge you gained from that publication was used in your work. Your "a-ha moment" might help others learn and experience the same result!

Social Media
AFB is enhancing its social networking presence with the recent launch of the AFB, Helen Keller, and FamilyConnect Facebook fan pages. If you're on Facebook, become a fan by visiting,,, and

AFB can also be found on Twitter! Follow us on the official AFB Twitter page, as well as the AFB Consulting and AFB Senior Site Twitter pages.

AFB Blog
Check out AFB's blog to read about a New York Times Magazine article on a debate about the usefulness of braille during a time when audio books and text-to-speech technology are widely available, learn about a case in the Federal Court of Appeals regarding the rights of customers with disabilities to be provided with captioning or video description while at the movies, get exciting developments in smart phone technology, and more!

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