Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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If it is true that the older you get, the quicker time flies, then I must be very old! It seems like yesterday that we were planning the Louis Braille Bicentennial Celebration, recruiting manuscripts for the 2009 Special Issue on Literacy, and generating the language for the call for papers for the 2010 Special Issue on Vision and the Brain. Since the end of the year is traditionally a time to slow down and reflect a bit on the year's activities, please bear with me as I reminisce.

The highlight of the year was the celebration of Louis Braille. Susan Spungin led this effort and, as usual, did a stellar job, even from the distance that is provided by retirement. Dr. Spungin recruited the authoritative voices of the field and, with the opportunity to write on a variety of interesting topics related to braille, she and her authors did a truly excellent job of both educating and entertaining the readers of the journal. Thank you, Susan, for your hard work.

Life would not be any fun if it did not include periodic challenges and roadblocks. Other than the untimely passing of my predecessor Alan Koenig, 2009 presented JVIB with its biggest challenge since I became editor in chief. The financial realities of the worldwide economic downturn became apparent when our biggest group of readers, members of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind or Visually Impaired (AER), found that AER's board had eliminated JVIB as a membership benefit. For the journal, this resulted in a substantial loss of readers. With every challenge comes the need to think creatively, and those of us who produce JVIB had to quickly devise a strategy to retain AER members as subscribers. We initiated a massive communications campaign and an unprecedented low individual subscription rate as part of these efforts. The journal's loyal readers have continued to benefit from the scholarship published in the pages of JVIB by becoming individual subscribers. I hope you are one of them. …

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