Description of Practice Perspectives: Building on Existing Resources to Create New Learning Options for Students with Visual Impairments
The theme of this special issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is “Service Delivery Models in Education: Specialized Schools and Itinerant Programs.” The idea of “service delivery models” at first seemed surprising to me since the idea of a model for teaching seems elusive in the field of visual impairment where school settings, needs, and experiences vary widely. However, the notion of a “model” is familiar to us all—think of model cars, fashion models, or model homes, to name just a few. The idea that professionals might create an educational concept that could be repeated, adapted, and generalized by others requires only one more step for application in the professional community of those who work with students who are visually impaired— the ability to adjust the model for the individual student's needs. And, since this month's special issue features the largest number of practice articles that has ever been submitted to JVIB on a specific topic, the idea of “service delivery models” has clearly sparked the interest of many professionals with ideas they believed would be useful for others to replicate.