December 2003 • Volume 97Number 12

Editor's Page

As you receive this month’s issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), you will probably be planning for the upcoming holidays. The end of the year is a wonderful time to relax, reflect on the past year, and catch up on the important things in life. With unsettling events around the world, it may be difficult at times to stay focused on providing quality educational and rehabilitation services to individuals with visual impairments. One simple way to refocus on what is important is to take time over the holidays to catch up on your professional reading. This month’s issue of JVIB, which presents research and practice pieces on topics related to both children and adults, may provide the perfect opportunity to enrich your professional life.

In the lead article, Ek, Fellenius, and Jacobson present the findings of a longitudinal study of four school-age students with cerebral visual impairment (CVI). Collecting a variety of assessment data, these researchers studied the development of reading skills for these students, as well as their cognitive skills, visual skills, and self-esteem. This study is particularly noteworthy since the research on students with CVI in academic programs is extremely limited and because they followed the development of these students for such a long period of time. Through detailed descriptions of the four participants in the study, Ek and her colleagues share the complex factors that influence the development of students with CVI. While the results cannot be generalized to other students, teachers undoubtedly will see many of the characteristics described in this study within their own students.

Lieberman and MacVicar share the results of a study on the play and recreational habits of school-age students with deaf-blindness. Through a questionnaire completed by parents of children with deaf-blindness, data were collected on the level of parental satisfaction with the physical education and recreation experiences provided for their children, the most common recreational activities in which the children were engaged, the most frequent interaction partners during play and recreational activities, the common barriers to involving children with deaf-blindness in recreational activities, and the assistive devices used during recreational opportunities. The findings revealed that parents were not very satisfied with the recreational opportunities afforded to their children, that family members were the most common recreational partners, and that a lack of knowledge about deaf-blindness was the most common barrier to participation in recreational activities.

Two short reports are also included in this month’s issue of JVIB. In a Research Report, Miller and Skillman present the results of a survey of assessment personnel at specialized schools for children with visual impairments on the various measures used to assess the cognitive abilities of persons with visual impairments. In a Practice Report, Golub shares information gleaned from interviews of employers, employees, and service providers on the factors that contribute to successful employment experiences for adults with visual impairments.

With the approaching holidays, I want to take time to recognize and thank the various groups of talented people who make it possible for JVIB to arrive in your mailbox each month. First, our outstanding peer reviewers take time from their busy schedules to carefully read and critique each paper. Given that we have had a dramatic increase in the number of articles submitted this year, their behind-the-scenes work has been heavier than usual. Next, our wonderful Editorial Advisory Board provides valuable and ongoing input into many factors that influence the quality and scope of the journal. Of course, the authors who submit papers to JVIB have an indispensable role in the contents of JVIB. Finally, our team of devoted associate and contributing editors and the creative staff members at AFB Press work tirelessly to pull a mountain of details together to ensure that you receive your copy of JVIB each month. On behalf of the JVIB family, I would like to wish you a safe and relaxing holiday season.

Alan J. Koenig, Ed.D.

Editor in Chief


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JVIB Guidelines for Contributors

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is the international, interdisciplinary journal of record on blindness and visual impairment that publishes scholarship and information and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, airing of controversies, and discussion of issues.

JVIB invites submissions in the following categories

Article: Full-length manuscripts on research, theory, reviews of the literature, or practice-based activities. The topics may have far-reaching and broad impact. Articles are peer reviewed. Length: 2,500–5,000 words.

Research Report: A shorter format for presenting research results. The main difference between articles and Research Reports is length. In addition, Research Reports may have a more focused or narrower impact than articles and may report pilot studies, research in progress, or studies with a small number of subjects. Research Reports are peer reviewed. Length: 1,000–2,500 words.

Practice Report: An opportunity for teachers, rehabilitation specialists, and other practitioners to share information about innovative techniques, strategies, and service delivery. Practice Reports are shorter in length than practice-based articles and may provide more focused information and a less comprehensive discussion of the implications. Practice Reports are peer reviewed. Length: 1,000–2,500 words.

Around the World: A forum for reporting on research or programs that are specific to one culture or part of the world and that may not have broader relevance. Around the Worlds are peer reviewed. Length: 500–2,500 words.

Comment: A discussion of a timely topic, based on the author's experience or opinions. Comments are not peer reviewed. Length: 500–1,000 words.

Letter to the Editor: A direct response to a paper that was recently published in JVIB. The authors of the paper referred to are given a chance to respond to the letter in the same issue in which the letter appears. Note that letters may be edited for length and style. Letters are not peer reviewed. Length: Varies.

Submission information

Authors should send four paper copies and one disk copy (preferably in ASCII or Microsoft Word). Authors are required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement that gives AFB copyright to the paper once it is published. JVIB does not consider manuscripts that are simultaneously submitted elsewhere or previously published elsewhere.

Contact information

The full version of the JVIB Guidelines for Contributors can be found online, <www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines.asp>, or by contacting AFB Press, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001; phone: 212-502-7651; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <press@afb.net>. Manuscripts should be sent to: Alan Koenig, Ed.D., Editor in Chief, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, College of Education, Texas Tech University, Box 41071, Lubbock, TX 79409; e-mail: <jvib@ttu.edu>.

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