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1977-Present: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Volume 71 * Number 1

As of the January 1977 issue, the name of the journal changed to the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB). Along with the name change, JVIB announced the introduction of its first peer review system in this issue.

Volume 72 * Number 9

The November 1978 issue included a number of articles that focused on diabetes and visual impairment.

Volume 73 * Number 4

As of the April 1978 issue, the editor in chief of the journal was Mary Ellen Mulholland.

Volume 73 * Number 8

The October 1978 issue featured articles on a common theme, "Braille Then and Now—What Next?"

Volume 76 * Number 7

The September 1982 issue included an editorial with a 75th anniversary message to readers of the journal.

Volume 76 * Number 9

The November 1982 issue offered articles on the theme "Services to Blind and Visually Impaired Persons: Administrative Aspects."

Volume 77 * Number 6

In June 1983, the Special Issue on Being Blind: Being A Woman was published along with a special insert, entitled "Breaking Traditions: Education and Career Opportunities for Blind and Visually Impaired Women."

Volume 78 * Number 9

November 1984 marked the publication of the Special Issue on Microcomputers.

Volume 79 * Number 10

December 1985 featured the Special Issue on Career Development.

Volume 80 * Number 5

The Special Issue on Fitness was published in May 1986.

Volume 83 * Number 1

January 1989 marked the publication of the Special Issue on Education Around the World.

Volume 83 * Number 6

June 1989 featured the Special Issue on Print, Braille, and Literacy.

Volume 83 * Number 9

The Special Issue on Orientation and Mobility appeared in November 1989.

Volume 84 * Number 6

The June 1990 issue was the Special Issue on Adult Services Around the World.

Volume 84 * Number 10

The December 1990 Special Issue on Technology was entitled, "Danger and Opportunities: A Special Issue on Technological Issues for the 1990s."

Volume 86 * Number 1

The Special Issue on Low Vision was published in January 1992.

Volume 86 * Number 7

The September 1992 issue featured a special supplement entitled, "The State of the Blindness System Today."

Volume 88 * Number 1

January 1994 saw a change in the format of JVIB with the introduction of the JVIB News Service, which was published bi-monthly for the purpose of providing readers a "succinct and timely digest" of information and emerging issues pertaining to the field of visual impairment and blindness.

Volume 89 * Number 2

Dennis Brookshire was listed as editor in chief of the journal in the masthead of the March-April 1995 issue.

Volume 89 * Number 3

The Special Issue on Deafblindness appeared in the May-June 1995 issue.

Volume 90 * Number 3

The Special Issue on Literacy was published in the May-June 1996 issue.

Volume 91 * Number 1

The editorial of the January-February 1997 issue of the journal noted that a letter contained in the issue was the first historical document to be reprinted in the journal, in order to offer a unique perspective of the current state of the field of blindness and visual impairment. The letter, written by Tyrell T. Gilb in 1969 and addressed to Paul Bach-y-Rita of the Center for Neuroscience and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, describes Mr. Gilb's unpublished research on a device he created in 1941 that presented visual images on the skin of its user.

Volume 91 * Number 3

The Special Issue on Adolescence and Early Adulthood appeared in the May-June 1997 issue.

Volume 92 * Number 1

The January 1998 issue was the first to be offered to subscribers in ASCII disk format. The cost of this alternate version was the same as the cost of the print edition.

Volume 92 * Number 9

Jane N. Erin of the University of Arizona was listed in the masthead of the September 1998 issue as editor in chief of the journal. Dr. Erin was the first editor in chief to be based at an academic institution.

Volume 93 * Number 1

As of the January 1999 issue of the journal, JVIB discontinued the News Service in favor of publishing 12 issues per year that contained research and practice.

Volume 93 * Number 5

The Special Issue on Cultural Diversity and Visual Impairment was published in May 1999.

Volume 94 * Number 1

January 2000 marked the first issue of the journal that was published online. In 2000, JVIB was published in five formats: ASCII disk, braille, cassette, print, and online.

Volume 94 * Number 5

The Special Issue on Outcomes appeared in May 2000.

Volume 95 * Number 8

Alan J. Koenig of Texas Tech University replaced Dr. Erin as editor in chief of the journal in August 2001.

Volume 95 * Number 9

The September 2001 issue featured the Special Issue on Distance Education.

Volume 96 * Number 9

The Special Issue on Employment was published in September 2002.

Volume 96 * Number 10

The Speaker's Corner feature—an invited platform for leaders in the blindness field who are experts on a particular topic of concern—was introduced in the October 2002 issue with an essay entitled, "The Most Difficult Decision: How to Share Responsibility Between Local Schools and Schools for the Blind," by Phil Hatlen, superintendent of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Volume 97 * Number 10

The Special Issue on Technology was published in October 2003.

Volume 98 * Number 2

The Perspectives feature was introduced to readers in the February 2004 issue. The inaugural column featured the opinions of experts giving voice to their opinions on the question, "Should a unified braille code be adopted for use across English-speaking countries?" Contributors were Bill Gerrey of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute; Chris Gray of the American Council of the Blind; Marc Maurer of the National Federation of the Blind; Abraham Nemeth, retired professor of mathematics, University of Detroit, and creator of the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation; Sandy Ruconich of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind and the Teacher Training Program in Sensory Impairments of the University of Utah; and W. Aubrey Webson of the Africa and Caribbean Programs of Perkins School for the Blind and doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University.

Volume 98 * Number 7

Duane R. Geruschat of the Maryland School for the Blind was named acting editor in chief of the journal in July 2004.

Volume 98 * Number 10

The Special Issue on Low Vision was published in October 2004.

Volume 98 * Number 12

Dr. Geruschat was appointed editor in chief of the journal in December 2004.

Volume 99 * Number 3

The March 2005 issue of the journal included an In Memoriam page dedicated to former editor in chief, Dr. Koenig, who died on February 6, 2005, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Volume 99 * Number 10

The Special Issue on Orientation and Mobility appeared in October 2005.

Volume 100 * Number 1

The January 2006 issue marked the 100th anniversary of the journal with reprints of the editorials from the first issue of Outlook and the first issue of JVIB. These and other excerpts and essays commemorating the centennial of the journal are available online at: <www.afb.org/jvib/JVIBCentennial.asp>.

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