Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

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It is difficult to imagine that a year has gone by since I wrote my first editorial as the new editor in chief for the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB). In that editorial, I was concerned with continuing the journal's role in strengthening the research base for our field to assure that those of us who serve people who are blind or visually impaired continue to be effective practitioners. This September-October 2013 issue certainly provides that base in a number of ways.

In order for us to be effective practitioners, we need to be aware of changes in the population of individuals we serve. Hatton, Ivy, and Boyer's research into severe visual impairment in infants and toddlers in the United States provides a current picture of the causes of their visual conditions. The fact that close to 65% of the children being born today with visual impairments have additional disabilities, as evidenced by the authors' findings, serves as a reminder that personnel who work with these students need to have the ability to collaborate with a variety of other professionals. Collaboration is raised again in the article by Pogrund and Cowan, in which the authors discuss the need for mentors for new teachers of children with visual impairments and describe the mentorship program for new teachers developed in Texas. In examining the stressors that were named by new teachers, the authors identify collaboration as one of the top three.

Knowing the population of people with visual impairments also means understanding the cultural influences that affect their lives. An Around the World feature, written by Bevan-Brown and Walker, provides a fascinating look into Maori culture in New Zealand. The authors outline the difficulties faced by Maori who are blind or visually impaired when participating not only in mainstream New Zealand society, but also in the activities of their own culture. …

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