Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

February 2007 • Volume 101Number 2




Exploring Assessment Processes in Specialized Schools for Students Who Are Visually Impaired--Cheryl Kamei Hannan, print edition pages 69-79

Abstract: In this qualitative study, various professionals in specialized schools for students who are visually impaired provided information on assessment tools; how information was used to plan Individualized Education Programs; and their opinions on the reliability, validity, and usefulness of various measurements. The implications of the findings for policy guidelines and high-stakes decisions are explored.

Early Intervention

Literacy in Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments: Insights from Individual Cases--Karen A. Erickson, Deborah Hatton, Vicky Roy, DanaLee Fox, and Diane Renne, print edition pages 80-95

Abstract: A qualitative case study design was used to investigate the ways in which two early interventionists supported emergent literacy development for infants and toddlers with visual impairment. Three themes are addressed: (1) the importance of a family-centered approach in addressing emergent literacy in early intervention; (2) the role of the early interventionist in language and concept development; and (3) the need to focus on the senses as they relate to literacy. The findings provide practical insights into the role of the early interventionist in supporting early literacy development.


Self-concept, Adjustment to Blindness, and Quality of Friendship Among Adolescents with Visual Impairments--Hefziba Lifshitz, Irit Hen, and Izhak Weisse, print edition pages 96-107

Abstract: The self-concept and quality of friendship of 40 adolescents with visual impairments (20 in public schools and 20 in a residential school) were compared to those of 41 sighted adolescents. The findings indicate a similar self-concept profile for sighted adolescents and adolescents with visual impairments, although the scores of the participants with visual impairments were higher in all domains except their fathers' concept of them. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Research Reports

Clinical Assessment of Functional Movement in Adults with Visual Impairments--Christopher T. Ray, Michael Horvat, Michael Williams, and Bruce B. Blasch, print edition pages 108-113

Primary Support Persons for Individuals Who Are Visually Impaired: Who They Are and the Support They Provide--Amy L. Silva-Smith, Thomas W. Theune, and Penny E. Spaid, print edition pages 113-118


Editor's Page, print edition page 67

This Mattered to Me--George J. Zimmerman, print edition pages 119-120

Web Special Feature

"Mental Processes Mediating Independent Travel: Implications for Orientation and Mobility"--John J. Reister, David A. Guth, and Everett W. Hill

From the Field, print edition pages 120-122

News, print edition pages 122-123

Calendar, print edition pages 123-128



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Live Large and Think Big at the 2007 JLTLI

The American Foundation for the Blind's 2007 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute is deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas, March 23-24

The 2007 JLTLI promises:

* A variety of networking opportunities;

* Discussions on critical factors affecting services to people with vision loss;

* Lively, interactive workshops on topics of interest to administrators, educators, and rehabilitation practitioners;

* Recognition of leaders in the blindness field;

* And lots, lots more!

Save the date and send yourself southwest.

March 23-24, 2007

For more information and updates, visit or email

AFB, American Foundation for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

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Families Connecting with Families in the Heartland of America
July 13-15, 2007 * Omaha, Nebraska

A national conference covering all aspects of raising and educating a child with a visual impairment, the 2007 FCF conference will include:

* Interactive sessions and panel discussions to address parents' most pressing interests: braille, social skills, college preparation, getting a first job, children with low vision or additional disabilities, & much more
* Networking with other families and professionals
* Daycare for children
* Activities designed especially for teens
* Fun for the whole family: a trip to Omaha's world-class Henry Doorly Zoo and a pioneer-style Family Cookout with campfires, music, and stories of the Wild West

The 2007 conference will be held at:
Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
American Foundation for the Blind
The Seeing Eye

Keep an eye on the following web sites for more information:

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Aging and Vision Loss

A Handbook for Families

Alberta L. Orr and Priscilla Rogers, Ph.D.

Aging and Vision Loss: A Handbook for Families provides supportive, reassuring, and practical advice for family members confronting vision loss in an elderly parent, other relative, or friend. Answers to common questions and suggestions on how to work toward adjustment are presented, along with tips on improving family communication, finding emotional support, using adaptive strategies for carrying out everyday activities, and organizing one's home and living environment. A comprehensive resource list is included. The handbook is 256 pages long and is $19.95; it is available in large-print paperback and on ASCII disk.

Order your copy at

AFB Press

American Foundation for the Blind

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