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 year 2007 marked the retirement of two professionals and the extended leave of another who have had--and we hope will continue to have--a major impact on our thinking, our practice, and our knowledge about children and adults with visual impairments. Anne Corn, Philip Hatlen, and Paul Ponchillia have each dedicated many years to our profession. All of them have at one time in their careers taught students or adults with visual impairments, worked in university personnel preparation programs, and increased our understanding of the effects of visual impairment through research. The three areas of service, teaching, and research are the standards by which the completeness of a career is evaluated. Clearly, these three leaders have had complete careers and have made substantive contributions in all of these areas.

I do not have sufficient command of the English language to fully express my personal appreciation, much less the appreciation of the readers of JVIB, for the many contributions of these individuals. I will simply say to all of them, thank you your exceptional contributions, and offer a personal comment on each. Throughout her career, Anne Corn has been a prolific presenter at conferences around the globe and has authored countless articles, book chapters, books, and standardized tests. The first experience I can recall with Anne's work was her wonderful book entitled Monocular Mac (Corn, 1977), a user-friendly guide to the handheld telescope for teachers, students, and parents. Phil Hatlen is well known for so many things, yet his primary motivation over 50 years has been quite straightforward: a desire to understand the process by which students who are blind learn. Most of his writings and presentations have been directed toward increasing our understanding while improving the quality of the services we provide to blind students. Although Paul is my senior, we were graduate students together at Western Michigan University. During the past 30-plus years, Paul has dedicated himself to the professionalism of re habilitation therapists. …

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