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Orientation and Mobility
Tai Chi for People with Visual Impairments: A Pilot Study —Tanya A. Miszko, Vincent K. Ramsey, and Bruce B. Blasch, print edition page(s) 5
Abstract: This pilot study assessed the physical and psychological outcomes of a tai chi exercise program for eight adults with visual impairments. It found that after eight weeks of orientation and mobility training and tai chi practice, the participants' single leg-stance time and total knee flexion work and power improved, as did their frequency of, independence in, and satisfaction with performing mobility tasks.
Visually Impaired Older Adults and Home-Based Leisure Activities: The Effects of Person-Environment Congruence—Regena Stevens-Ratchford and Airi Krause, print edition page(s) 14
Abstract: This qualitative study explored the effect of person-environment congruence on participation in home-based leisure activities by two legally blind older adults who lived independently in the community. The results indicated that visual impairment increased the time spent in home-based leisure activities and that the participants used various proactive behaviors to engage in these activities.
The Impact of a Modified Repeated-Reading Strategy Paired with Optical Character Recognition on the Reading Rates of Students with Visual Impairments—Suzan Trefry Pattillo, Kathryn Wolf Heller, and Maureen Smith, print edition page(s) 28
Abstract: The repeated-reading strategy and optical character recognition were paired to demonstrate a functional relationship between the combined strategies and two factors: the reading rates of students with visual impairments and the students' self-perceptions, or attitudes, toward reading. The results indicated that all five students increased their reading rates, and four students' attitudes toward reading improved.
Encouraging Problem Solving in Orientation and Mobility—Fabiana Perla and Betsy O'Donnell, print edition page(s) 47
NEWS AND FEATURES
Editor's Page, print page edition 3
The Braille Teacher's Pal: A Review of SAL,—by Frances Mary D'Andrea print edition page(s) 53
From the Field, print edition page 56
Calendar, print edition page(s) 59
Classified, print edition page(s) 62
AER-Action Equal Results—by Mark Richert, print edition page(s) 64
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Special JVIB Theme Issue on Orientation and Mobility
Guest editors: Kathleen M. Huebner, Ph.D., associate dean, Graduate Studies in Vision Impairment, Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
William Wiener, Ph.D., dean, The Graduate College, Western Michigan Univesity.
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2005
Projected publication date: October 2005
The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites submissions for a special theme issue on orientation and mobility (O&M). Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
The guest editors welcome your inquiries and ideas for this issue. Contact the editors by e-mail:
Kathleen M. Huebner,
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: <www.afb.org/jvib_guidelines>; phone: 212-502-7651; fax: 212-502-7774; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
Manuscripts should be sent for peer review to: Dr. Alan J. Koenig Editor in Chief, JVIB College of Education Texas Tech University Box 41071 Lubbock, TX 79409
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