Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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I believe it was the former New York Yankees player and manager Yogi Berra who first coined the phrase "it's deja vu all over again." In preparing the materials for the March issue of JVIB, I could not help but think of this phrase for a variety of reasons. The lineup of this issue reminds me of the subject matter that was published during the first 10 years of the journal's history (1907-1917), as does the inclusion of a Conference Review of the October 2007 American Printing House for the Blind (APH) meeting. Not only were certain annual conferences described to the utmost degree in the early years of the journal, but the APH conference's keynote speech delivered by Phil Hatlen, entitled "Those Who Cannot Remember the Past are Doomed to Repeat It," reminds us that the history of the field is something we should carry with us always.

The first two articles this month are on the time-honored topics of literacy and employment. Murphy, Hatton, and Erickson explore the practices of teachers in fostering early literacy and the way in which they reinforce these practices with the family members of the children they teach. The authors update the consideration of this topic in their use of modern technology (an Internet survey), while reflecting on the progress that has been made in the knowledge base of the field, as demonstrated through the respondents' use of vocabulary that reflects a mature field of study on a defined population, in this case, young children with visual impairment. The authors of the second article, Lee and Park, explore the employment status of people with visual impairment in Korea. One of the interesting things about studies from around the world is the commonality of challenges across different cultures. …

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