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Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness 2019 Special Issue on Employment and Visual Impairment

Guest editor: Michele Capella McDonnall, Ph.D., research professor and director, The National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision, Mississippi State University

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2019

Projected publication date: November-December 2019

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites papers addressing a variety of topics related to employment and visual impairment. Innovative research, effective practice, and short reports are welcome. In addition, professional articles about staff development and public education programs that relate to the employment of individuals with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities, are also appropriate for this issue. International contributions are welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Blindness skills—i.e., orientation and mobility (O&M), ability to read braille or access technology—and their relationship to employment
  • Employment and job-retention issues and solutions for people who lose vision in mid- or later life
  • Connections between employment and outcomes for people with age-related vision loss: What role can employment or volunteer work play in reducing isolation?
  • Interventions or programs that improve employment outcomes for adults and transition-age youths
  • The effect of parents and families on employment outcomes for transition-age youths
  • Voluntary removal from the labor market: Reasons why people with visual impairments are not looking for work
  • Current barriers to employment for people with visual impairments and successful interventions or policies to overcome those barriers
  • The use of assistive technology in the workplace, including applications (apps) for smartphones and handheld devices
  • The relationship between health and employment and the effect of physical activity on employment
  • Employment outcomes for people with additional disabilities, including those who are deafblind
  • Use of customized employment for people who have additional disabilities

International contributions are also welcome. Practice papers, as well as conceptual and research papers, are also invited.

Submissions should be sent to: jvib@fsu.edu. Submitted manuscripts will undergo standard peer review. Guidelines for contributors are available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind; website: www.afb.org/afbpress/Section.aspx?FolderID=47; e-mail: jvib@afb.net.

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Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness 2018 Special Issue on Albinism and Vision

Guest editor: Kimberly Avila, Ph.D., COMS, assistant professor, George Mason University

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2018

Projected publication date: November-December 2018

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites papers addressing a variety of topics related to albinism and visual impairment. Innovative research, effective practice, and short reports are welcome; in addition, professional articles about staff development and public education programs that relate to individuals with albinism are also appropriate for this issue.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Unique learning needs of students with albinism in educational settings
  • Interventions, accommodations, and technologies used by persons with albinism
  • Transition and employment prospects for persons with albinism
  • Personnel preparation and standards related to albinism
  • Medical research in albinism that is relevant to the educational field
  • Rehabilitative services that are available to individuals with albinism
  • Genetics of albinism: new classifications and diagnosing albinism
  • Challenges faced by individuals with albinism in the United States and around the world (e.g., East Africa)
  • Implications of oculocutaneous albinism
  • Issues surrounding syndromes that involve albinism (e.g., Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, Chediak-Higashi syndrome)
  • Perceptions of people who have albinism, including individuals of color
  • Family and parental experiences with and perceptions of raising children who have albinism

International contributions are also welcome. Practice papers, as well as conceptual and research papers, are also invited.

Guidelines for contributors are available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind; website: www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines.asp; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: press@afb.net. The maximum length of full manuscripts is 5,000 words. Maximum length of Research Reports, Practice Reports, Practice Perspectives is 2,500 words.

Submissions should be sent to: jvib@fsu.edu. Submitted manuscripts will undergo standard peer review.

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Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness 2017 Special Issue on Personnel Preparation and Professional Development

Guest editor: Jane N. Erin, Ph.D., retired professor, The University of Arizona; editor emerita, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB); and practice editor, JVIB

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2017

Projected publication date: November-December 2017

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites papers addressing a variety of topics related to the preparation and professional development of individuals who work with people with visual impairments. Research about innovative and effective personnel preparation in universities is welcome. Professional writing about staff development and public education programs that develop understanding of learning processes of people with visual impairment is also appropriate for this issue.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Personnel preparation
  • Professional and staff development
  • Personnel qualification and certification
  • Internships and practica
  • Accreditation for preparation programs
  • Instructional standards for specialized skills areas such as assessment, technology, and daily living skills
  • The state of university curriculum

International contributions are also welcome. Practice papers, as well as conceptual and research papers, are also invited.

Guidelines for contributors are available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind: website: www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines.asp; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: press@afb.net. The maximum length of full manuscripts is 5,000 words. Maximum length of Research Reports, Practice Reports, Practice Perspectives is 2,500 words.

Submissions should be sent to: jvib@fsu.edu. Submitted manuscripts will undergo standard peer review.

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JVIB Practice Perspectives

Many professionals in visual impairment like you have developed considerable skills, expertise, and insights related to the work they do. You, like them, may not consider yourself an expert, but you have valuable information to share. Do your colleagues call you when they need help with assistive technology? Are you the O&M specialist that others consult when they are encouraging a child with physical disabilities to travel? Have you been successful in teaching visually impaired adults to cook? Can you convince teenagers that low vision devices are useful and will interest their friends? "Practice Perspectives," Jane Erin's featured section in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) for professionals in practice, needs experts like you, who can share effective ways of meeting practice challenges. "Practice Perspectives" frequently includes contributions from several individuals on one topic to offer an exchange of ideas and information that practitioners can use in their daily work.

In the coming months, "Practice Perspectives" will explore topics of ongoing interest. Please tell us about your successful work in assisting children and adults in areas such as these:

  • Finding a job
  • Accepting and using low vision devices effectively
  • Providing services to children or adults with multiple disabilities
  • Documenting practice: showing how careful data collection can shape effective services

You don't need to be an experienced author to share your expertise. If you can describe how your efforts have supported the work and life successes of your students and clients, you have knowledge that is valuable to others in your field. Visit www.jvib.org and click on the link "For JVIB Authors" for suggestions on how to get started! Then submit your completed manuscript to Sandra Lewis, Ed.D., Editor in Chief, JVIB; e-mail: jvib@fsu.edu.

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Celebrating 100 Years...and Beyond!

For well over 100 years, the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) has been the primary journal of record for the field of visual impairment and is a critical forum for the discussion of significant research, practice, and trends. The journal seeks to provide readers with essential information to support and inform their professional thinking and practice. In addition to articles and reports on all aspects of the work of the field, from educational practice to low vision service delivery to rehabilitation issues, JVIB welcomes submissions on the following topics of great current concern:

  • Practice reports from teachers of students with visual impairments, including students with multiple disabilities
  • Discussions of low vision service delivery, focusing on models of team collaboration and service provider roles, funding and reimbursement issues, and patient need and service outcomes
  • Perspectives on the impact of federal No Child Left Behind legislation on programs for students with visual impairments and on teacher effectiveness
  • Experiences of participants in the national Medicare demonstration project examining reimbursement of services by certified orientation and mobility specialists, low vision therapists, and vision rehabilitation therapists
  • Examinations of different certification models and approaches in such areas as orientation and mobility

Guidelines for contributors are available online at the following web address: <www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines.asp>. For more information, contact: AFB Press; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <jvib@afb.net>.

E-mail submissions should be sent to: <jvib@fsu.edu>.

Questions should be sent to the editor in chief at the following e-mail address: jvib@fsu.edu.

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General Call for Papers

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) seeks research and practice articles for the peer-reviewed research and professional journal. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Aging
  • Children
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Cultural diversity
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Disability
  • Ethics
  • Early intervention
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Family (nontraditional and traditional)
  • Gender
  • Health care
  • Low vision
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Parental perspectives
  • Public schools
  • Residential schools
  • Special education
  • Specialized services
  • Teacher training
  • Transition
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