Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Editor's Page

Article excerpt

It is a new year, and we at the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) have entered the age of social media by joining the 600 million individuals around the world who connect everyday through Facebook. Visit to see the most modern face of the journal. Those readers who are already part of the Facebook community may simply type JVIB in the Facebook search box to locate our page and "like" us, thus becoming our "friend," and gaining access to exclusive information and contests and, of course, fellow readers. We promise not to overwhelm our friends with mundane status updates, but instead to provide readers a new way to interact with the journal and hear exciting and important information about their field. For anyone who has been wondering what Facebook is all about, this is a chance to find out it's easy to join and become a member of the JVIB community. Readers and nonreaders, subscribers and nonsubscribers, researchers, practitioners, teachers, parents, and students are all welcome to join us.

This month, JVIB fulfills its mission as a forum for the discussing of ideas and the airing of controversies with a series of Letters to the Editor. Stimulated by commentary included in the October 2010 Special Issue on Vision and the Brain, James Jan, a preeminent ophthalmologist and scientist, questions the use of the terms cerebral visual impairment and cortical visual impairment (CVI). He argues that the two terms are not interchangeable. The guest editors of the special issue, Greg Goodrich and Amanda Hall Lueck, and August Colenbrander, who wrote a Comment on terminology, offer responses to Jan's letter. Although this sort of dialogue may feel a bit disconnected for readers who work directly with children and adults with such conditions, the evolution of terminology is actually an important metric for evaluating the advancement of a profession. As more children and adults with brain damage-related vision loss enter our clinics and classrooms, will become more important to accurately characterize the conditions of these individuals and to define who among them are or are not eligible for rehabilitative services and what those services should encompass. …

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