Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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The cool, fresh breezes of November bring with them an issue packed with a great lineup of refreshing articles sure to make you want to cuddle up near the fireplace with the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB)! Two of the articles included in this month's issue address reading media issues. Argyropoulos and Martos report on a study of the spelling errors of 16 Greek students, offer a method for categorizing spelling errors, and discuss the possible effect of reading medium on the spelling errors of learners with visual impairments. The second of these articles, by Lusk and Corn, is the second of a two-part series, the first of which appeared in the October 2006 issue of the journal. This month's article reports the curricular decisions and instructional methods of the 95 teachers surveyed and the print and braille reading outcomes of their 105 students.

The November issue of JVIB also includes a Research Report by Wagner, Vanderheiden, and Sesto, in which the authors programmed a cell phone to enable users to enlarge its print display. Participants made fewer dialing errors in the enlarged mode than in regular print mode, which the authors propose may lead to a practical, inexpensive means of access to cell phones by people with low vision.

A second international article is also included in this issue of the journal. Researchers in Poland report on a study comparing college students with visual impairments to their sighted counterparts. The article, by Klinkosz, Sekowski, and Brambring, reports no significant differences between the academic grades of students with normal vision and those with visual impairments and, perhaps surprisingly, that certain positive personality traits are significantly more likely among some students with visual impairments than among their sighted counterparts. …

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