Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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One of the constant challenges and primary purposes of the journal is to provide readers with high-quality research that includes useful information that informs practice. The manuscripts included in this particular issue of JVIB represent that balance. This issue includes another of Jane Erin's Practice Perspectives gems, which offers a description, by Jacko and colleagues, of the inception and outcomes of an early intervention program called Blind Babies Play. In addition, a Practice Report on sex education for youths with visual impairments, by Kapperman and Kelly, describes the need for equal access to sex education curriculum and provides a list of resources and teaching tools designed to help facilitate such instruction. These offerings are rounded out by a Research Report on teaching final-letter braille contractions, by Tallon and Herzberg, and an article by Trief, Cascella, and Bruce on the use of tangible symbols with children who are visually impaired with severe multiple disabilities. Overall, these contributions are representative of the journal's goal to publish the best thinking in the field of visual impairment, while also providing practical information that readers can use in their daily work.

When working with adults or children with visual impairments, it is important to remember to attend to the whole individual. Two articles in this issue of the journal serve as a reminder of this point. In an article on the physical and psychological health of individuals with Usher Syndrome Type II (USH2), Wahlqvist and colleagues report on a study they conducted with a large sample of individuals in Sweden whose deadflindness was caused by USH2. …

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