Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

March 2004 • Number 3

Contents

Articles

Wayfinding

Stated Preferences for Components of a Personal Guidance System for Nonvisual Navigation—Reginald G. Golledge, James R. Marston, Jack M. Loomis, and Roberta L. Klatzky, print edition page 135

Abstract: This article reports on a survey of the preferences of visually impaired persons for a possible personal navigation device. The results showed that the majority of participants preferred speech input and output interfaces, were willing to use such a product, thought that they would make more trips with such a device, and had some concerns about the cosmetic acceptability of a device and the use of a single or stereo headphone interface.

Low Vision

A Comparative Study of Reading Performance with a Head-mounted Laser Display and Conventional Low Vision Devices—Gregory L. Goodrich, Jennine Kirby, Patricia Wagstaff, Teri Oros, and Berenice McDevitt, print edition page 148

Abstract: This study compared the reading performance of subjects using a prototype, head-mounted laser display, a closed-circuit television (CCTV), and a prescribed optical reading device. The prototype yielded reading speeds that are comparable to optical devices but slower than a CCTV. The brightness and clarity of the laser display have potential for the development of future low vision devices.

Aging

A Writing Assessment for Persons with Age-related Vision Loss —Gale R. Watson, Valjean Wright, Erica Wyse, and William De l'Aune, print edition page 160

Abstract: This article describes the development and evaluation of a five-item writing assessment for persons with age-related vision loss. It provides a standard for measuring the baseline ability and the effectiveness of interventions to improve the writing ability of this population.

Research Reports

Hearing Problems of and the Need for Hearing Services by Consumers of Vision Rehabilitation Services—Robin Leonard and Amy Horowitz, print edition page 168

Use of a Structured Observation to Evaluate Visual Behavior in Young Children—Agneta Rydberg, Birgit Ericson, and Eva Lindstedt, print edition page 172

NEWS AND FEATURES

Editor's Page, print edition page 131

Letter to the Editor, print edition page 133

Comment, The Terminology Debate Continues—David Bolt, print edition page 133

JVIB Peer Reviewers, print edition page 180

From the Field, print edition page 183

News, print edition page 185

Calendar, print edition page 186

Classified, print edition page 191


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CALL FOR PAPERS

Special JVIB Theme Issue on Orientation and Mobility

Guest editors: Kathleen M. Huebner, Ph.D., associate dean, Graduate Studies in Vision Impairment, Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

William Wiener, Ph.D., dean, The Graduate College, Western Michigan University.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2005

Projected publication date: October 2005

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue on orientation and mobility (O&M). Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

The guest editors welcome your inquiries and ideas for this issue. Contact the editors by e-mail: Kathleen M. Huebner, <KathyH@pco.edu>; William Wiener, <William.Wiener@wmich.edu>.

Guidelines for contributors are generally printed in each issue of JVIB, and are also available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind: web site: <www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines.asp>; phone: 212-502-7651; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <afbpress@afb.net>.

Manuscripts should be sent for peer review to:
Dr. Alan J. Koenig
Editor in Chief, JVIB
College of Education
Texas Tech University
Box 41071
Lubbock, TX 79409

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