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Social Skills

Play Behaviors and Social Interactions of a Child Who Is Blind: In Theory and Practice—Marie Celeste, print edition page(s) 75-90

Abstract: This case study describes the play behaviors and social interactions of a preschool-age girl who is blind and has no additional disabilities. The data obtained from the assessment protocol indicated that although the participant was developmentally at or above age level in most domains, she demonstrated limited play behaviors and compromised social interactions. The results reinforce the variability of social competence skills in young children with visual impairments.


Applying the Diagnostic Intervention Model for Fostering Harmonious Interactions Between Deaf-Blind Children and Their Educators: A Case Study—Marleen J. Janssen, J. Marianne Riksen-Walraven, and Jan P. M. van Dijk, print edition page(s) 91-105

Abstract: This article demonstrates the use of the Diagnostic Intervention Model in everyday practice and the effects of its application in a case study of Kris and his educator using individual coaching. The implications of the case for everyday practice are discussed.

Practice Report

Beyond the Borders: A Partnership Between U.S. and Mexican Schools for Students Who Are Visually Impaired—Jackie Wood and Elissa Wolfe Poel, print edition page(s) 106-110

Research Reports

Needs, Barriers, and Concerns Regarding HIV Prevention Among South Africans with Visual Impairments: A Key Informant Study—John H. Philander and Leslie Swartz , print edition page(s) 111-115

Acceptance of the Long Cane by Persons Who Are Blind in South India—Beula Christy and Praveen K. Nirmalan, print edition page(s) 115-119


Editor's Page, print edition page(s) 67

A Look Back

100 Years of History—Susan Jay Spungin, print edition page(s) 69-73

JVIB Peer Reviewers, print edition page(s) 120-122

From the Field, print edition page(s) 123-125

News, print edition page(s) 126

Calendar, print edition page(s) 126-128


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AFB's 2006 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute is "Gone With the Wind" to Atlanta, Georgia, March 3-5.

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March 3-5, 2006

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The AccessWorld 2006 Guide to Assistive Technology Products


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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, Central Office, Washington, D.C., 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, 2006

Projected publication date: October 2006

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue on 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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JVIB Guidelines for Contributors

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is the international, interdisciplinary journal of record on blindness and visual impairment that publishes scholarship and information and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, airing of controversies, and discussion of issues.

JVIB invites submissions in the following categories

Article: Full-length manuscripts on research, theory, reviews of the literature, or practice-based activities. The topics may have far-reaching and broad impact. Articles are peer reviewed. Length: 2,500-5,000 words.

Research Report: A shorter format for presenting research results. The main difference between articles and Research Reports is length. In addition, Research Reports may have a more focused or narrower impact than articles and may report pilot studies, research in progress, or studies with a small number of subjects. Research Reports are peer reviewed. Length: 1,000-2,500 words.

Practice Report: An opportunity for teachers, rehabilitation specialists, and other practitioners to share information about innovative techniques, strategies, and service delivery. Practice Reports are shorter in length than practice-based articles and may provide more focused information and a less comprehensive discussion of the implications. Practice Reports are peer reviewed. Length: 1,000-2,500 words.

Around the World: A forum for reporting on research or programs that are specific to one culture or part of the world and that may not have broader relevance. Around the Worlds are peer reviewed. Length: 500-2,500 words.

Comment: A discussion of a timely topic, based on the author s experience or opinions. Comments are not peer reviewed. Length: 500-1,000 words.

Letter to the Editor: A direct response to a paper that was recently published in JVIB. The authors of the paper referred to are given a chance to respond to the letter in the same issue in which the letter appears. Note that letters may be edited for length and style. Letters are not peer reviewed. Length: Varies.

Submission information

Authors should send one paper copy and one disk copy (preferably in ASCII or Microsoft Word). Authors are required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement that gives AFB copyright to the paper once it is published. JVIB does not consider manuscripts that are simultaneously submitted elsewhere or previously published elsewhere.

Contact information

The full version of the JVIB Guidelines for Contributors can be found online, <>, or by contacting AFB Press, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001; phone: 212-502-7651; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <>. Manuscripts should be sent to: Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Lions Vision Center, 550 North Broadway, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205; e-mail: <>.

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The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB)--the international, interdisciplinary journal of record on blindness and visual impairment that publishes research and practice
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