Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

June 2004 • Number 6




The Impact of Early Exposure to Uncontracted Braille Reading on Students with Visual Impairments—Sunggye Hong and Jane N. Erin, print edition page 325

Abstract: This study compared the reading and spelling skills of students who were taught to read using uncontracted braille versus those who were taught to read using contracted braille. It found no descriptive differences between initial instruction in the two types of braille.

Student Data

Students with Visual Impairments in Texas: Description and Extrapolation of Data—Robert Wall and Anne L. Corn, print edition page 341

Abstract: This study found that between 2000 and 2002, the percentage of students with visual impairments in the general student population of Texas was close to a previously quoted figure of 0.15%. In addition, the percentage of students with visual impairments who were identified as totally blind was found to be 4%–5% higher than the previous estimate of 20%. There was some indication that the prevalence or reporting of visual impairment in school-age children was different across different ethnic groups.


Effects of Visual Impairment, Gender, and Age on Self-determination —Barbara L. Robinson and Lauren J. Lieberman, print edition page 351

Abstract: This survey of 54 students with visual impairments (aged 8–23 years) who participated in a one-week summer sports camp examined the opportunities they were given for self-determination at home, at school, with friends, for health care, and in physical education classes. The participants at all levels of visual impairment scored low in self-determination across all the domains, which indicates that they were given few opportunities for self-determined behaviors.

Research Report

Student Satisfaction: A Distance Learning Model for Training Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments in New York State—Ellen Trief, Lisa M. Decker, and Daniel J. Ryan, print edition page 367


Editor's Page, print edition page 323

Technology Notes

A Review of E-Book Readers: The Book Port and the BookCourier—Jay Leventhal, print edition page 373

From the Field, print edition page 377

News, print edition page 379

Calendar, print edition page 380

Classified, print edition page 384



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, <>; William Wiener, <>.

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: <>; phone: 212-502-7651; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <>.

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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