Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

February 2004 • Volume 98Number 2

Contents

ARTICLES

Low Vision

Reading by Children with Low Vision—Marjolein Gompel, Wim H. J. van Bon, and Robert Schreuder, print edition page 77

Abstract: This study of the reading of text found that despite their lower reading speed on a reading-comprehension task, the children with low vision comprehended texts at least as well as did the sighted children. Children with low vision need more time to read and comprehend a text, but they seem to use this time with enough efficiency to process the semantic, as well as the syntactic, information.

Support Groups

"Program for Partners": Support Groups for Partners of Adults with Visual Impairments—Verena R. Cimarolli, Carol J. Sussman-Skalka, and Caryn R. Goodman, print edition page 90

Abstract: This study of time-limited support groups attended by partners of individuals with visual impairments found that participation increased the attendees' knowledge of their visually impaired partners' situations, improved the quality of communication between the partners, and reduced the sighted partners' negative appraisal of their role.

Multiple Disabilities

Haptic Exploratory Strategies and Children Who Are Blind and Have Additional Disabilities—Mike McLinden, print edition page 99

Abstract: This study of the haptic exploratory strategies used by nine children with visual impairments and additional disabilities when interacting with portable and freely manipulable objects found that a broader approach to assessment and analysis is required than is used with typically developing children. An "adaptive-tasks" approach is proposed as a basis for developing a framework within which to account for sources of variance in the developing haptic abilities of these children.

Research Report

A Computer System Serving as a Microswitch for Vocal Utterances of Persons with Multiple Disabilities: Two Case Evaluations—Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O'Reilly, Doretta Oliva, and Gianluigi Montironi, print edition page 116

NEWS AND FEATURES

Editor's Page, print edition page 67

Perspectives

A Braille-Using Scientist Embraces the Unified English Braille Code—Bill Gerrey, print edition page 69

The Need for a Unified Braille Code—Chris Gray, print edition page 70

Politics and the Braille Code—Marc Maurer, print edition page 71

My Take on the Status of Braille—Abraham Nemeth, print edition page 71

Adopt the Code—Sandy Ruconich, print edition page 73

The Problem with Using English Braille Codes in Developing Countries —W. Aubrey Webson, print edition page 74

From the Field, print edition page 121

News, print edition page 124

Calendar, print edition page 125

Classified, print edition page 128

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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 Univesity.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2005

Projected publication date: October 2005

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