Description of Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Special Issue on Aging and Vision
finishes the year with the Special Issue on Aging and Vision, which "demonstrates the continuing commitment of leaders in vision rehabilitation to make a difference in the lives of older people with visual impairments." Guest edited by Bernard Steinman, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Wyoming, Laramie--with support from JVIB
Editorial Advisory Board Member John Crews, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--the Special Issue on Aging and Vision includes articles that range from a description of health outcomes, the detailed responses to a survey about the needs and challenges of seniors with combined vision and hearing loss, a look into the vision function goals and use of resources among older people with age-related macular degeneration and depression, and disaster preparedness tips from New Zealand derived from interviews with older Kiwis who survived the 2010-2011 earthquakes in the country's South Island.
The issue also includes a number of commentaries written by thinkers in the field of visual impairment who issue a call to action for a new national agenda for vision and aging; who ask whether visual impairment need be inevitable and provide a wake-up call about the importance of prevention, identification, and treatment; and who look to the future of wayfinding technologies for older adults with visual impairments.
Now that the 2016 special issue has been published, JVIB
reminds readers about the opportunity to submit your work to the upcoming 2017 special issue of JVIB
that will focus on personnel preparation and professional development, a topic that includes not only formal preparation through universities but also other ways of expanding the skills and knowledge of professionals, including staff development, online programs that address specialized topics, and professionals and mentoring. If your agency, school, or research team has successfully prepared professionals through an approach that may be useful to others, now is the time to begin your writing. Submissions must be received by February 28, 2017, to be considered for this special issue, which we hope will provide new perspectives on the diverse ways that professionals are prepared in an era of technology and innovative communication. For more information, please read the call for papers for the issue.
In addition to research, practice, and commentary, this issue of JVIB
also includes two CE opportunities for individuals needing to recertify with the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).