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Celebrating 100 Years



Dual Media

Learning and Using Print and Braille: A Study of Dual-Media Learners, Part 2—Kelly E. Lusk and Anne L. Corn, print edition page(s) 653-665

Abstract: This is the second part of a two-part report of a study about the instruction of children who are learning or using both braille and print simultaneously (dual media). It explores the instructional methods and curricular decisions of teaching dual media to students with low vision and reports the students' current literacy levels and reading rates and their teachers' expectations for future levels of literacy.


Academic Achievement and Personality in University Students Who Are Visually Impaired—Waldemar Klinkosz, Andrzej Sekowski, and Michael Brambring, print edition page(s) 666-675

Abstract: This study compared academic achievement by sighted versus visually impaired students at Polish universities and analyzed potential between-group differences on various personality traits and their impact on academic grades. Although there was no main effect of visual status on academic achievement, there were some significant differences between the personality traits of the visually impaired and sighted groups.


Braille Literacy Skills: An Analysis of the Concept of Spelling—Vassilios S. Argyropoulos and Aineias C. Martos, print edition page(s) 676-686

Abstract: This article analyzes the braille spelling errors of 16 Greek students who are blind. More specifically, it explores the types of spelling errors, the students' attitudes toward spelling, and the relationship between spelling and reading strategies.

Research Report

Improving the Usability of a Mainstream Cell Phone for Individuals with Low Vision—Jennifer Wagner, Gregg C. Vanderheiden, and Mary E. Sesto, print edition page(s) 687-692


Editor's Page, print edition page(s) 643

This Mattered to Me --Amanda Hall Lueck, print edition page(s) 645

Web Special Feature

"Functional Vision Screening for Severely Handicapped Children"--Beth Langley and Rebecca F. DuBose

A Look Back

100 Years of Literature on Low Vision—Duane R. Geruschat and Anne L. Corn, print edition page(s) 646-693

Conference Review

"Achieving Equality in Education: New Challenges and Strategies for Change": The 12th World Conference and General Assembly of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment—Reviewed by Kathleen M. Huebner, print edition page(s) 693-696

From the Field, print edition page(s) 696-698

News, print edition page(s) 698-700

Calendar, print edition page(s) 700-703


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January 24-27, 2007
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* Educators
* Researchers and University Personnel
* Consumers, parents, advocates and anyone interested in AT
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Why Attend ATIA 2007?
* Network with nearly 2,000 individuals in the AT community
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Aging and Vision Loss

A Handbook for Families

Alberta L. Orr and Priscilla Rogers, Ph.D.

Aging and Vision Loss: A Handbook for Families provides supportive, reassuring, and practical advice for family members confronting vision loss in an elderly parent, other relative, or friend. Answers to common questions and suggestions on how to work toward adjustment are presented, along with tips on improving family communication, finding emotional support, using adaptive strategies for carrying out everyday activities, and organizing one's home and living environment. A comprehensive resource list is included. The handbook is 256 pages long and is $19.95; it is available in large-print paperback and on ASCII disk.

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Families Connecting with Families in the Heartland of America
July 13-15, 2007 * Omaha, Nebraska

A national conference covering all aspects of raising and educating a child with a visual impairment, the 2007 FCF conference will include:

* Interactive sessions and panel discussions to address parents' most pressing interests: braille, social skills, college preparation, getting a first job, children with low vision or additional disabilities, & much more
* Networking with other families and professionals
* Daycare for children
* Activities designed especially for teens
* Fun for the whole family: a trip to Omaha's world-class Henry Doorly Zoo and a pioneer-style Family Cookout with campfires, music, and stories of the Wild West

The 2007 conference will be held at:
Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
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Celebrating 100 Years ... and Beyond!

In its centennial volume year, the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness remains the primary journal of record for the field of visual impairment and is a critical forum for the discussion of significant research, practice, and trends. The journal seeks to provide readers with essential information to support and inform their professional thinking and practice. In addition to articles and reports on all aspects of the work of the field, from educational practice to low vision service delivery to rehabilitation issues, JVIB welcomes submissions on the following topics of great current concern:

* Practice reports from teachers of students with visual impairments, including students with multiple disabilities

* Discussions of low vision service delivery, focusing on models of team collaboration and service provider roles, funding and reimbursement issues, and patient need and service outcomes

* Perspectives on the impact of federal No Child Left Behind legislation on programs for students with visual impairments and on teacher effectiveness

* Experiences of participants in the national Medicare demonstration project examining reimbursement of services by certified orientation and mobility specialists, low vision therapists, and vision rehabilitation therapists

* Examinations of different certification models and approaches in such areas as orientation and mobility

Guidelines for contributors are generally printed in each issue of JVIB, and are also available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind: web site: <>; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <>.

Manuscripts should be sent for peer review to:

Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief, JVIB
Lions Vision Center
550 North Broadway
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21205

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Special JVIB Theme Issue:
Multiple Disabilities

Guest editor: Bernadette Kappen, Ph.D., director, Overbrook School for the Blind

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2007

Projected publication date: October 2007

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue, Multiple Disabilities. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Language and communication skills

* Career development and employment

* Social and emotional skills and sex education

* Orientation and mobility

* Leisure and recreation and community skills

* Self-determination

* Transition planning

* Special medical concerns and common etiologies

* Emergent literacy skills and functional literacy skills

* Social isolation

* Behavioral issues

* Motor development, including sensory integration

* Assessment, testing, and No Child Left Behind

* Personnel needs and preparations for pre-service and continuing education

* Technology and assistive technology

* Curriculum and effective Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

* Service delivery models and related services

Guidelines for contributors are generally printed in each issue of JVIB, and are also available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind: web site: <>; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <>.

Manuscripts should be sent for peer review to:

Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief, JVIB
Lions Vision Center
550 North Broadway
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21205

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Special JVIB Theme Issue
Macular Degeneration: The New Epidemic

Guest editors: Lylas Mogk, M.D., medical director, Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System. Gale Watson, M.Ed., blind rehabilitation specialist, Blind Rehabilitation Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and certified low vision therapist, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center on Aging Veterans with Vision Loss, Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2008

Projected publication date: October 2008

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue macular degeneration. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Pathology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), demographics, and risk factors
* Current medical and surgical treatments and those on the horizon
* The impact of AMD on visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and central visual field
* The functional impact of AMD: literacy, activities of daily living, community participation, and mobility and transportation
* The impact on function of co-morbidities common to aging
* The psychosocial impact of AMD
* Charles Bonnet Syndrome: prevalence, theories, and experience
* The impact of AMD on family and community interactions
* Personal stories of AMD
* The impact of AMD on society
* Rehabilitation of individuals with AMD: visual skills, activities of daily living, environmental adaptations, and counseling
* Service delivery systems and funding issues
* Outcome studies for rehabilitation services
* Future trends and expectations

The guest editors welcome your inquiries and ideas for this issue. Contact the editors by e-mail: Lylas Mogk, <>; and Gale Watson, <>.

Guidelines for contributors are generally printed in each issue of JVIB, and are also available from AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind; web site: <>; phone: 212-502-7651; e-mail: <>.

Manuscripts should be sent for peer review to:
Dr. Duane Geruschat,
Editor in Chief, JVIB
Lions Vision Center
550 North Broadway
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21205

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