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AER and AFB Join Forces to Provide Access to Research in the Blindness Field

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness To Be Named Official Journal of AER

New York (July 5, 2012)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) today announced an agreement regarding the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), the international peer-reviewed journal of record in the blindness field. JVIB will become a membership benefit for AER members in January 2013 and will be designated the official journal of AER.

JVIB is the essential professional resource for information about visual impairment and blindness, delivering current research and best practice information, commentary from authoritative experts on critical topics, and a calendar of important events. For over a century, JVIB has served as the cornerstone of the field’s literature. Available online 24/7, the journal offers immediate access to information across the blindness field.

As a result of this new arrangement, JVIB will be expanding its subscriber community to the more than 4,000 professionals in AER, who provide services to people with visual impairments. AER members, many of whom already contribute to the journal as peer reviewers, authors, and Advisory Board members, will have the opportunity to strengthen their involvement with the journal through such activities as participation in special online events and by providing input to JVIB on news items, selection of special issue and other topics, and issues of concern that should be included in the journal.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with AER on this important initiative to deliver top-notch research and practical information into the hands of the professionals in our field," said Carl R. Augusto, CEO and president of AFB. "We look forward to collaborating with AER to provide even more exemplary research and practice, news and information, specifically geared to meet the needs of the largest group of service providers in the field of visual impairment."

"The agreement to provide JVIB as AER's official journal is a landmark agreement between AER and AFB," said Patricia Leader, AER Board of Directors President. "We are extremely happy to be able to provide the premier journal in the field of visual impairment and blindness to our members, offering articles with cutting edge research and practice. This is a step back to our roots with AFB, and a momentous step forward for AER."

"AER has always been about coordinating, cooperating and collaborating with others when it comes to new and improved AER member benefits," said Louis M. Tutt, AER Executive Director. "I believe this collaboration between AFB and AER on the co-branding of JVIB sets a professional example of how two major organizations in the field of blindness can collaborate."

The journal that will be received by AER members in January will reflect changes planned next year to bring JVIB to the forefront of today’s fast-moving information options:

  • The introduction of a JVIB e-book, readable on multiple hand-held devices, including the Kindle, Nook, iPhone and iPad, to replace the print issue; at the same time the journal will continue to be available online and in ASCII, PDF, and braille-ready formats;
  • A publication frequency of six times per year instead of monthly, incorporating the same number of peer-reviewed articles as in the past; and
  • An ongoing online newsfeed presenting the "Calendar of Events" and “News from the Field” features.

A forthcoming FAQ will be available on both AER and AFB’s websites to answer the questions of AER members and journal subscribers about JVIB, including how to sign up, how to access it, and more.


About AFB

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

About AER

The mission of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy. International in scope, AER's membership consists of a very diverse group, including administrators, vision rehabilitation therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, low vision therapists, itinerant teachers, and support personnel, who work with infants, children and teens, adults, seniors, and veterans. Whatever the specialty, all AER members are committed to the principle that people who are blind and visually impaired have unique needs which require specialized services delivered by trained individuals.


John Mackin
AFB Communications

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