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Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB)

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) JVIB is the journal of record on blindness and visual impairment, published by AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind. JVIB has been published continuously for over 100 years, and is available by subscription in print and online formats.

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JVIB is pleased to celebrate all of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) award winners, but most especially Pract...
04/28/2022
| American Foundation for the Blind

JVIB is pleased to celebrate all of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) award winners, but most especially Practice Editor Rona Pogrund, who is receiving the Kirchner Research Award, and former Guest Editor Gale Watson, who helped produce the Special Issue on Age-Related Macular Degeneration, who is receiving the Migel Medal. Congratulations to all!
https://www.afb.org/press-room/press-release-archive/presents-highest-honors-afblc2022-migel-gund-kirchner

Paying tribute to trailblazing advocates in the blindness field WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2022)—At the 2022 AFB Leadership Conference, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) will recognize individuals who have made superb contributions to improving the lives of people who are blind or visua...

Reminder: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (#JVIB) 2022 Special Issue on Disaster and Emergency Preparation, Res...
02/07/2022

Reminder: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (#JVIB) 2022 Special Issue on Disaster and Emergency Preparation, Response, and Recovery and People with Visual Impairments. Deadline: February 28, 2022. http://ow.ly/nunB50HOH5x

When asked, "Were you nervous the first time you had to use a Bunsen burner with an open flame during microbiology lab?"...
02/03/2022
Mentorship: The Key to Success and Personal Empowerment for Students Who Are Visually Impaired | American Foundation for the Blind

When asked, "Were you nervous the first time you had to use a Bunsen burner with an open flame during microbiology lab?" Maureen J. Hayden, a blind woman who is pursuing a doctoral degree in marine biology at Texas A&M University, replied, "Of course!"

This exchange begins a commentary featured in the recent Special Issue on Transition to a Meaningful Adult Life for Individuals With Visual Impairments of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), in which Ms. Hayden describes her experiences as a mentee and, later, as a mentor to students who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In her writing, she demonstrates "the value of these roles in the professional successes and personal growth of people who are blind."

Read the rest of Maureen's story: http://ow.ly/YbbK50HLvVw #Mentorship #STEM

02/01/2022 When asked, "Were you nervous the first time you had to use a Bunsen burner with an open flame during microbiology lab?" Maureen J. Hayden, a blind woman who is pursuing a doctoral degree in marine biology at Texas A&M University, replied, "Of course!" This exchange begins a commentary fe...

There is just over one month remaining for you to submit your work to the eagerly anticipated JVIB special issue on disa...
01/14/2022
Calls for Papers

There is just over one month remaining for you to submit your work to the eagerly anticipated JVIB special issue on disasters, which is being guest edited by Gretchen Good, School of Health Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. The deadline for submissions is February 28th. Read the call for papers and learn how to submit your paper here:
https://www.afb.org/publications/jvib/jvib-authors/calls-papers#SpecialIssue2022

Special Issue on Disaster and Emergency Preparation, Response, and Recovery and People with Visual Impairments 2022 Special Issue on Transition to a Meaningful Adult Life for Individuals with Visual Impairments 2021 Special Issue on Employment and Visual Impairment 2019 Special Issue on Albinism and...

01/11/2022
| American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the release of the Workplace Technology Study, a new report examining how technology in the #workplace influences the experiences of workers who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind.

“It is our hope that the Workplace Technology Study will provide a basis for understanding where many current workplace practices and protocols have not met their intended marks. The study can serve as a basis for identifying and addressing gaps to create a more fully #inclusive workplace.” Stephanie Enyart, AFB Chief Public Policy and Research Officer. http://ow.ly/2g0X50HrT70

Nearly one-third of participants reported accessibility challenges during the job application process, and over half reported problems with the onboarding process WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 11, 2022)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the release of the Workplace Technology...

Deadline extended! Take a moment today to nominate a researcher or research group for the 2022 Corinne Kirchner Research...
12/08/2021
Nominate Someone for the Corinne Kirchner Research Award

Deadline extended! Take a moment today to nominate a researcher or research group for the 2022 Corinne Kirchner Research Award.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-HnEXqHPKJ6VDNRmLgKPl5xNrB55ny6unc_yRZonEBt9SuA/viewform?fbzx=4098603302991990819

In 2007, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) established the Corinne Kirchner Research Award in honor of AFB's longtime staff member, Corinne Kirchner, Ph.D., whose tireless pursuit of excellence in research led AFB and the blindness field to a higher level of expectation concerning the inve...

12/02/2021
| American Foundation for the Blind

“It is discouraging to see major corporations creating healthcare portals that are not accessible to people with disabilities, including those of us who use screen reader software or have a hard time using a mouse. That’s why federal enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act is so critical.” -Stephanie Enyart, AFB Chief Public Policy and Research Officer http://ow.ly/y6z050H2iTz The United States Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 2, 2021)—Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a settlement agreement with Hy-Vee Inc.—a supermarket chain with more than 280 stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin—to ensure that people with disabilitie...

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced an invitation for nominations for the 2022 Migel Medals, the...
12/02/2021

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced an invitation for nominations for the 2022 Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field.

Nominees should be those whose life work affects services to people with vision loss on a national level. Prospective candidates include, but are not limited to, professionals with specific training and expertise in education, rehabilitation, technology, vision rehabilitation, personnel preparation, health, administration or related fields. http://ow.ly/mvTj50H2igN

As we know, lack of transportation is a leading barrier to #Employment, #Healthcare, and community #Inclusion for people...
11/23/2021
Four Exciting Developments in the Infrastructure Bill...and One Disappointment | American Foundation for the Blind

As we know, lack of transportation is a leading barrier to #Employment, #Healthcare, and community #Inclusion for people with disabilities, so AFB is working at the federal level to ensure that resources and policies address the need for reliable, affordable, convenient #Transportation options.

In honor of Thanksgiving, here are four things we were thankful to see included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and some thoughts about the work that still remains to be done. #BipartisanInfrastructureDeal #PWD
http://ow.ly/hGnN50GUpfG

11/22/2021 Last week, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a law investing $1.2 trillion in physical infrastructure and reauthorizing the surface transportation programs. We have been paying close attention to this legislation because the funding it authorizes impacts t...

The latest issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is now available on the Sage Publishing website....
11/04/2021

The latest issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is now available on the Sage Publishing website.

https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/jvba/current

In this issue, Editor in Chief Sandra Lewis asks in her editorial, "Is There Ableism in the Field of Visual Impairment?" With this question, she highlights the commentary by Lee Staub that seeks to explore this very question. Longtime readers of the journal know that JVIB serves the purpose of providing not only the latest research, practice, and scholarship on visual impairment, but also to serve "as a forum for the exchange of ideas, airing of controversies, and discussion of issues." The commentary in this issue does just that.

In addition, you will find compelling evidence that supports the vital importance of orientation and mobility (O&M) skills for people with visual impairments facing natural disasters, as well as a description of a groundbreaking O&M skills inventory for the youngest children with visual impairments. Other articles and short reports address physical education, psychosocial issues, personnel preparation, perception, vision rehabilitation, and the use of technology to study foreign languages in braille.

This issue also includes two CE opportunities for members of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER).

This season of #InformConnectAFB continues with Neva Fairchild, AFB’s National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist.Neva has...
11/04/2021
| American Foundation for the Blind

This season of #InformConnectAFB continues with Neva Fairchild, AFB’s National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist.

Neva has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of vision loss and a lifetime of experience living with low vision. She was diagnosed at an early age with Cone Rod Degeneration, a rare genetic eye condition.

Neva is a vital part of AFB's Aging Initiative team, which involves the research and public policy needs of people experiencing vision loss later in life. She currently oversees the Blind Leaders Development Program #BlindLeadersAFB.

In this episode, Neva discusses employment, leadership, and favorite books, among other topics.
http://ow.ly/Bhf850GGoiE

This season of Inform & Connect continues with Neva Fairchild, AFB’s National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist. Neva has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of vision loss and a lifetime of experience living with low vision. She was diagnosed at an early age with Cone Rod Degener...

10/18/2021
| American Foundation for the Blind

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2021)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the Centennial Cohort of the Blind Leaders Development Program, named as such as AFB celebrates 100 years advocating on behalf of those who are blind or visually impaired throughout 2021. Launched in 2019, the program is designed to increase upward mobility and create meaningful leadership experiences for individuals who are blind or have low vision, and in the early or middle stages of their careers. #BlindLeadersAFB #Leadership #Mentorship http://ow.ly/t7Qe50GtuOP

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2021)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the Centennial Cohort of the Blind Leaders Development Program, named as such as AFB celebrates 100 years advocating on behalf of those who are blind or visually impaired throughout 2021. Launched in 20...

“It’s a true honor to be part of today’s ceremony. We’re so very proud to be included in this sacred trust of honoring E...
10/13/2021
First-Ever Wreath-Laying in Honor of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Human Rights Legacy and Birthday | American Foundation for the Blind

“It’s a true honor to be part of today’s ceremony. We’re so very proud to be included in this sacred trust of honoring Eleanor Roosevelt and her legacy of tireless, tireless advocacy for justice and inclusion of people with disabilities.” Dr. Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
http://ow.ly/whDh50GqJKh #EleanorRoosevelt #HelenKeller #AFB

10/13/2021 On October 11, 2021, the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (FDR Committee) hosted a celebration to commemorate the 137th birthday of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with a wreath-laying ceremony at the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC. The wreath-laying coincides with the 75th anniversary o...

As swathes of the United States continue to recover from the aftermath of recent hurricanes Henri and Ida—and as the nat...
10/01/2021

As swathes of the United States continue to recover from the aftermath of recent hurricanes Henri and Ida—and as the nation tracks the movements of Hurricane Sam and Tropical Storm Victor—an article entitled, "The Value of Orientation and Mobility in the Preparation, Response, and Recovery of the 2017 Hurricane Season in Puerto Rico," by Kevin McCormack, in the upcoming September-October 2021 issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (#JVIB), offers some reflections on the skills that help people who are blind or have low vision have a better quality of life following such #NaturalDisasters. http://ow.ly/WC6s50GkoaI

Join us, September 23, 8:00 PM Eastern, for an encore presentation of the AFB 100 “Art of Inclusion” concert and celebra...
09/21/2021
Encore Presentation: Art of Inclusion Concert and Centennial Celebration | American Foundation for the Blind

Join us, September 23, 8:00 PM Eastern, for an encore presentation of the AFB 100 “Art of Inclusion” concert and celebration, co-hosted by Haben Girma, author of the best-selling memoir Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, and current AFB president and CEO Kirk Adams, Ph.D.—with performances by Grammy-nominated artists Amadou & Mariam and Marcus Roberts, jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker, Tony-nominated Sean Allan Krill, songwriter Jennah Bell, hip-hop artist Aloe Blacc, and students from the New York Institute of Special Education Choir. What a wonderful celebration of AFB's 100th anniversary!

http://ow.ly/2Xz050GdXZg

09/17/2021 Image Join us, September 23, 8:00 PM Eastern, for an encore presentation of the AFB 100 “Art of Inclusion” concert and celebration, co-hosted by Haben Girma, author of the best-selling memoir Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, and current AFB president and CEO Kirk ...

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JVIB is the foremost outlet for research in the field of visual impairment and blindness and provides both applied practice and comprehensive news coverage essential to practitioners in low vision, special education, and related areas. The journal serves an international community in a wide range of professions including teachers of students with visual impairments, low vision therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, rehabilitation specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, assistive living specialists, and more. An annual subscription to JVIB provides access to more than 10 years of archived JVIB articles via AFB's fully accessible, fully searchable website.

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JVIB is so proud that one of its own, Practice Editor Dr. Rona Pogrund, accepted the Corinne Kirchner Research Award today on behalf of her research team at the AFB Leadership Conference. Congratulations, Dr. Pogrund and team! Read more about their important work in the following press release: https://www.afb.org/press-room/press-release-archive/presents-highest-honors-afblc2022-migel-gund-kirchner
JVIB is pleased to celebrate all of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) award winners, but most especially Practice Editor Rona Pogrund, who is receiving the Kirchner Research Award, and former Guest Editor Gale Watson, who helped produce the Special Issue on Age-Related Macular Degeneration, who is receiving the Migel Medal. Congratulations to all! https://www.afb.org/press-room/press-release-archive/presents-highest-honors-afblc2022-migel-gund-kirchner
Dear JVIB Reader: The latest issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is now available on the Sage Publishing website. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/jvba/0/0 Readers who are interested in employment rates for people who are blind or have low vision in the United States are in for a treat with this issue. In her guest editorial, Michele C. McDonnall describes the five-year research study she and her team at Mississippi State University have undertaken to explore five large national datasets and the first of six articles that will be published in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) in 2022. She writes, "With this series, we will go beyond simple employment rates to determine the overall status of employment for people with visual impairments." Another article in this issue, written by Rebecca M. Sheffield and colleagues, seeks to dispel the oft-reported idea that there is a significant decline in braille readership and that only about 10 percent of children who are blind use braille. After conducting a systematic examination of the various published claims about the number of braille readers in the United States, Dr. Sheffield and colleagues found that "a limited number of misused or outdated primary sources have become the basis for decades of academic and mainstream media claims about literacy for people with visual impairments." Readers who are interested in braille literacy will not want to miss this article. The remainder of this packed issue of JVIB touches on a multitude of aspects of visual impairment, with authors from North America and around the globe sharing information that will be useful to readers regardless of their profession or occupation. This issue also includes two CE opportunities for members of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). The January-February 2022 issue of JVIB includes the following articles and features: Guest Editorial Beyond Employment Rates: Exploring Labor Force Statistics for People With Visual Impairments Michele C. McDonnall ARTICLES Beyond Employment Rates: Full-time Versus Part-time Employment for People With Visual Impairments Michele C. McDonnall, Jennifer L. Cmar, and Zhen S. McKnight How Many Braille Readers? Policy, Politics, and Perception Rebecca M. Sheffield, Frances M. D’Andrea, Valerie Morash, and Sarah Chatfield Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Teaching Technology: Association Between Their Age and the Frequency at Which Technology Job Tasks Are Performed Elyse M. Connors and Rachel C. Pavone Prevalence of Individuals With Deafblindness and Age-Related Dual-Sensory Loss Renu Minhas, Atul Jaiswal, Serena Chan, Jessica Trevisan, Abinethaa Paramasivam, and Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks Physical Activity and Quality of Life in People With Visual Impairments: A Systematic Review Eduardo L. Caputo, Rafael B. Porcellis da Silva, Larissa Leal da Cunha, Gabriele R. Krüger, and Felipe F. Reichert Prevalence and Factors Related to Visual Impairments in Children With Bilateral Cataract Following Surgery and the Potential Need for Education and Rehabilitation Services Claudia Yahalom, Moria Medezinsky Kochavi, Hadas Mechoulam, Evelyne Cohen, and Irene Anteby Non-24-Hour Sleep–Wake Disorder and Tasimelteon: A Review for Practitioners Who Work With Blind People Phillip T. Yuhas Protection or Restriction: An Analysis of the Blind Massage Policy for Employment Rights of Persons With Visual Impairments in China Xue Hui Li, Su Qiong Xu, and Luan Jiao Hu Research Reports What Voices Are We Listening to? Authors in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Robert Wall Emerson Examination of the Relationship Among Balance, Physical Activity, and Anthropometry in Athletes With Visual Impairments Ferhat Esatbeyoglu, Ayse Kin-Isler, and Leonardo A. Peyre-Tartaruga Practice Report Tailoring In-Home Lighting Preferences for Consumers With Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Using the LuxIQ Protocol Paula Jarrard FEATURES Comment A New Cohort of “Experienced” Blind Persons is Growing Older: How Will Their Needs Be Met? Anthony R. Candela Statistical Sidebar Weighting in Survey Data Robert Wall Emerson [Image: JVIB Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness journals.sagepub.com/home/jvb ISSN: 0145-482X Volume 116, Number 1, March-April 2022 Featured articles Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Teaching Technology: Association Between Their Age and the Frequency at Which Technology Job Tasks Are Performed Prevalence of Individuals With Deafblindness and Age-Related Dual-Sensory Loss Earn CEs in this issue AFB American Foundation for the Blind Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss Sage Publishing logo]
Reminder: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (#JVIB) 2022 Special Issue on Disaster and Emergency Preparation, Response, and Recovery and People with Visual Impairments. Deadline: February 28, 2022. http://ow.ly/nunB50HOH5x
When asked, "Were you nervous the first time you had to use a Bunsen burner with an open flame during microbiology lab?" Maureen J. Hayden, a blind woman who is pursuing a doctoral degree in marine biology at Texas A&M University, replied, "Of course!" This exchange begins a commentary featured in the recent Special Issue on Transition to a Meaningful Adult Life for Individuals With Visual Impairments of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), in which Ms. Hayden describes her experiences as a mentee and, later, as a mentor to students who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In her writing, she demonstrates "the value of these roles in the professional successes and personal growth of people who are blind." Read the rest of Maureen's story: http://ow.ly/YbbK50HLvVw #Mentorship #STEM
There is just over one month remaining for you to submit your work to the eagerly anticipated JVIB special issue on disasters, which is being guest edited by Gretchen Good, School of Health Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. The deadline for submissions is February 28th. Read the call for papers and learn how to submit your paper here: https://www.afb.org/publications/jvib/jvib-authors/calls-papers#SpecialIssue2022
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the release of the Workplace Technology Study, a new report examining how technology in the #workplace influences the experiences of workers who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind. “It is our hope that the Workplace Technology Study will provide a basis for understanding where many current workplace practices and protocols have not met their intended marks. The study can serve as a basis for identifying and addressing gaps to create a more fully #inclusive workplace.” Stephanie Enyart, AFB Chief Public Policy and Research Officer. http://ow.ly/2g0X50HrT70
Dear JVIB Reader: The latest issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is now available on the Sage Publishing website. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/jvba/current In the editorial for the Special Issue on Transition to a Meaningful Adult Life for Individuals With Visual Impairments, Guest Editor L. Penny Rosenblum talks frankly about the fact that half of students with visual impairments have additional disabilities. She writes, "A successful transition to adult life for a student with a visual impairment does not necessarily result in earning a college degree, living independently, and obtaining and maintaining a full-time, high-paying job. . . . To apply the same goal of obtaining a college degree and landing a high-paying job to all students with visual impairments would be to set many of these students up for failure. Family members and professionals need to help students set realistic goals and support them as they build their skills for posteducation life long before they reach transition age." In this issue, the articles and short reports cover a wide range of topics related to transition, including early employment experiences, parental and caregiver supports, student self-advocacy, vision rehabilitation and the expanded core curriculum, a pathway to independent living, and college preparatory programs. Commentaries discuss transition for students who are deafblind, the importance of mentorship, and a parent's perspective. This issue also includes two CE opportunities for members of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). The November-December 2021 issue of JVIB includes the following articles and features: Special Issue on Transition to a Meaningful Adult Life for Individuals With Visual Impairments Guest Editorial Preparing to “Adult”: Strategies That Prepare Youths With Visual Impairments for the Real World L. Penny Rosenblum ARTICLES Job-Search Activities, Job-Seeking Barriers, and Work Experiences of Transition-Age Youths With Visual Impairments Jennifer L. Cmar and Anne Steverson Development of 4to24, a Transition Application for Parents of Students With Visual Impairments Karla Antonelli, Jennifer L. Cmar, and Anne Steverson The Student Self-Accommodation Strategy for Students With Visual Impairments Allison C. Nannemann Accommodations Knowledge and Practice for Students With Visual Impairments Allison C. Nannemann Experiences Building Graphics Literacy Skills: Interviews With Teachers and Students L. Penny Rosenblum, Kim T. Zebehazy, Nicholas Gage, and Carole R. Beal Pre-Algebra Students’ Performance Locating and Interpreting Data in Graphs and Maps L. Penny Rosenblum, Kim T. Zebehazy, Nicholas A. Gage, and Carole R. Beal Practice Perspectives Pre-Employment Transition Services and the Expanded Core Curriculum: A Low Vision Rehabilitation Approach Emily Vasile, Kerry S. Lueders, Chad Killen, and Erin Kenny A Pathway to Independent Living: A Collaborative Approach Between Families, Education and Rehabilitation Professionals Lachelle Smith and Emily Vasile Practice Report College [email protected]: Design and Implementing a Program for Transition-Age Youths With Visual Impairments Leslie Thatcher and L. Penny Rosenblum FEATURES Comments Raising Expectations and Improving Transition Outcomes for Students Who Are Deafblind Brooke Barnhill The Importance of Mentorship When Pursuing a STEM Career as a Person With a Visual Impairment Maureen J. Hayden Navigating Our Way to Adulthood: A Parent’s Perspective Missy Garber [Image: JVIB Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness journals.sagepub.com/home/jvb ISSN: 0145-482X Volume 115, Number 6, November-December 2021 Special Issue on Transition to a Meaningful Adult Life for Individuals With Visual Impairments Featured articles Development of 4to24, a Transition Application for Parents of Students with Visual Impairments Pre-Algebra Students' Performance Locating and Interpreting Data in Graphs and Maps Earn CEs in this issue AFB American Foundation for the Blind Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss Sage Publishing logo]