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Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) Publishes Special Issue Outlining Need for Partnership Between Public Health Sector and Vision Loss Field

February 2, 2007 (New York, NY)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) recently released the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) Special Supplement on Vision Loss and Public Health. The goal of this special issue, in part supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding, is to bring attention to the public health aspects of vision loss since currently more than 6.5 million Americans age 55 and older are visually impaired and as baby boomers age this number is expected to double in the next thirty years. The articles in this issue cover a variety of topics ranging from diabetes management for people with vision loss to raising awareness of low vision through public health education to the revelation that older people with vision loss face a greater risk of experiencing chronic health conditions. All 12 articles provide strong arguments as to why the public health arena and the vision loss field should forge a groundbreaking collaboration to better meet the needs of people who are living with vision loss.

"We hope the JVIB Special Supplement motivates leaders in the vision loss field to re-examine our current approach to vision rehabilitation," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB President & CEO. "By partnering experts from the public health arena with rehabilitation professionals we can increase our knowledge base and strengthen efforts to enhance the overall health and well-being of people with vision loss."

"This special issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness will serve as a great resource for the public health and vision rehabilitation communities," said Alison Johnson, acting director of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. "We hope that it encourages future collaborations to promote the health of people experiencing vision loss."

The JVIB Special Supplement is available online to both subscribers and nonsubscribers. It is also available in hardcopy format to JVIB subscribers.

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Media Contact:
Abby Manishor
212-502-7615
amanishor@afb.net

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