Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness is a medical journal focusing on Visual Impairment & Blindness

Articles from Vol. 103, No. 5, May

Accessible Voting Deemed Too Costly by Australian Committee
The Australian Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) recently released a report describing the results of its trial of electronically assisted voting for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as remote electronic voting...
A Parent's Perspective on the Importance of Braille for Success in Life
When my daughter, Cara, was 3-1/2 years old, she had some remaining vision in one of her eyes. However, her vision was unstable due to a partial retinal detachment and various treatments she had received for retinal cancer. Her prognosis for improved...
A Wheelchair User with Visual and Intellectual Disabilities Managing Simple Orientation Technology for Indoor Travel
Persons with profound visual impairments and other disabilities, such as neuromotor and intellectual disabilities, may encounter serious orientation and mobility problems even in familiar indoor environments, such as their homes (Joffee & Rikhye,...
Design of a Map and Bus Guide to Teach Transferable Public Transit Skills
In the field of orientation and mobility (O&M), we are presented with the task of teaching transferable skills. This task can be daunting at a state school for students who are blind, where the students are often far from home and unable to easily...
Diane P. Wormsley
Diane P. Wormsley was recently selected as the representative from the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) to the World Braille Council. The World Braille Council was created in the 1950s under the auspices...
Eccentric Viewing Training in the Home Environment: Can It Improve the Performance of Activities of Daily Living?
Abstract: Macular degeneration has a severe impact on a person's ability to perform activities of daily living. This study investigated the impact of in-home training in eccentric viewing on near acuity and performance of activities of daily living....
Editor's Page
In my role as editor in chief, I tend to use the Editor's Page to present an overview of important topics and features of the journal. This month, I will briefly diverge from the usual approach to tell readers that the Journal of Visual Impairment...
Emergent Literacy Supports for Students Who Are Deaf-Blind or Have Visual and Multiple Impairments: A Multiple-Case Study
Abstract: Seven classrooms of students with deaf-blindness or visual and multiple impairments were observed to document the emergent literacy supports that were present, including environmental characteristics, strategies, or activities. The findings...
Euclid Herie and Dean Tuttle Were Recently Selected to Join the 42 Existing Individuals of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, Located at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Euclid Herie and Dean Tuttle were recently selected to join the 42 existing individuals of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, located at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Selected by a nine-member governing...
Huseby Zoom Maps: A Design Methodology for Tactile Graphics
Zoom Maps are a recent design development from the Teaching Aides Department at Huseby Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired in Oslo, Norway (see Figures 1 and 2). The aim of Zoom graphics is to produce better maps for individuals with visual impairments...
Methods of Reading Information on Labels of Prescription Medications by Persons Who Are Visually Impaired
The prevalence of visual impairment (that is, blindness and low vision) is increasing in the United States, especially in persons aged 65 and older, with more than half of all people who are blind in this age demographic (Centers for Disease Control...
Traveling by Touch: How Useful Are Tactile Maps?
Many of you who are reading this article are itinerant professionals. To do your job, you make daily use of your own car, public transportation, or perhaps a contracted car and driver. If you drive your own car, you probably have caches of maps in...
Treatment Stabilizes Vision in Individuals with Dry AMD
An innovative technology that employs a tiny capsule implanted in the eye has been found to stabilize the vision of people with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness for older people in developed countries. Encapsulated...
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