Description of Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) November-December 2014 Vol. 108., No. 6
In the November-December 2014 special issue of JVIB, Service Delivery Models in Education: Specialized Schools and Itinerant Programs, readers will find a wealth of information on a range of programs and models from across the United States that meet the unique educational needs of students with visual impairments, including students with additional disabilities. It was the intent of guest editors Eugene McMahon, Ed.D., executive director, Council of Schools & Services for the Blind, and Sharon Z. Sacks, Ph.D., acting superintendent, California School for the Blind, that the articles included in this issue would motivate professionals to reach beyond the status quo and consider innovative approaches and strategies for meeting the individualized educational needs of students with vision loss.
Articles discuss the role of specialized schools in the continuum of placement options, present the findings of a longitudinal study of students educated exclusively in general education settings, and describe educational strategies for including students with visual impairments in physical education. With the most practice articles ever submitted to a JVIB special issue, the issue's practice section includes information on how to meet, with limited resources, the needs of visually impaired students by diversifying service delivery, sharing expertise across disciplines, creating work opportunities at school and in the community, developing peer support networks, and promoting braille literacy by utilizing a distance-education model. JVIB's Practice Perspectives section is edited by Jane N. Erin, the journal's associate editor for practice and retired professor from the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology at the University of Arizona.
Commentaries on standardized testing and early intervention round out the issue, which concludes with a book review of the newest AFB Press title, ECC Essentials: Teaching the Expanded Core Curriculum to Students with Visual Impairments, edited by Carol B. Allman and Sandra Lewis, with Susan J. Spungin as consulting editor.