Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fwd: News from AFB Press - September 2010

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News from AFB Press- September 2010

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Readers Praise JVIB CEU Partnership with ACVREP

On July 1, the American Foundation for the Blind and the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) began a historic new partnership through which readers of selected articles in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) can earn continuing education units necessary for professional certification. Many practitioners are taking advantage of the ground-breaking new opportunity to further their professional development in a way that is both convenient and cost effective. Here are some of their comments:

"During these times of travel and other cost restrictions, what a great way to obtain professional credit. Thanks to those who had this scathingly brilliant idea."

"I work part time as a CVRT/COMS and I have a 14 month old son at home. Being able to get some CEUs through JVIB is perfect for me!"

"The questions were right on – not too easy and not too hard. And it's great to have that immediate feedback to know you passed. I look forward to earning some more CEUs next month!"

"I'm not real high-tech but I had no problem accessing and navigating the system."

To subscribe to JVIB and learn more about earning CEUs, click here.


The Release of Foundations of Orientation and Mobility Celebrated at AER Conference

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) conference attendees got their first look at the highly anticipated new third edition of Foundations of Orientation & Mobility during the AER International Conference in July. Editors William R. Wiener and Richard L. Welsh signed bookplates one afternoon in the exhibit hall, surrounded by purchasers of this seminal text. A session describing the new edition was also part of the conference.

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility, Third Edition is now available in hardcover and ASCII formats. It was edited by Wiener, Welsh and Bruce Blasch. Volume 1, History and Theory is $79.95. Volume 2, Instructional Strategies and Practical Applications is $89.95. The 2-Volume set can be purchased for $145.00. To order call 1-800-232-3044 or visit the AFB Press online bookstore.

Click here to order Foundations of Orientation and Mobility

Editors of Foundations of Orientation and Mobility sign bookplates at the AER conference.
Natalie Hilzen, AFB Press Director and Editor-in-Chief

AFB Press Director and Editor-in-Chief, Natalie Hilzen, Presented with C. Warren Bledsoe Award

AFB Press Director and Editor-in-Chief Natalie Hilzen was recently honored with the prestigious C. Warren Bledsoe Award by AER-BVI. The award was given at the AER international conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 23, 2010.

The C. Warren Bledsoe Award typically acknowledges publications that have made significant contributions to literature related to blindness. Recognizing an editor with this award was a decision by the nominating committee to acknowledge Natalie for her "incredible contribution to literature used around the world to help practitioners who serve families with infants, children, youth, adults, and elderly persons who are blind and visually impaired."

"No one has done more to provide our field with high quality literature and to exemplify a professional standard of excellence that challenges us all to do our best," said Dr. Jane Erin, professor at the University of Arizona who has been an AFB Press author and who presented the award. "Natalie is the driving force behind much of the literature of our field, including a number of Bledsoe award winning publications."

View AER's list of previous Bledsoe recipients.


Popular Early Intervention Videos Now Available on DVD

AFB Press recently made available three of its most popular early intervention VHS titles in DVD format, complete with accessible DVD menus.

Making the Most of Early Communication: Strategies for Supporting Communication with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Whose Multiple Disabilities Include Vision and Hearing Loss
By Deborah Chen, Ph.D. and Pamela Haag Schachter
37 minutes
This DVD demonstrates selected interventions to assist infants and toddlers with multiple disabilities, including vision and hearing loss, in developing early communication and other skills. Discussion guide included.

Vision Tests for Infants
By Deborah Chen, Ph.D. and Deborah Orel-Bixler, Ph.D., O.D.
20 minutes
Designed as a resource for early interventionists and for certified teachers of students with visual impairments, this informational DVD gives a comprehensive overview and clear explanation of assessment tools ranging from those used to evaluate fixation and eye alignment to those measuring visual abilities, neurological function, and ocular health. Discussion guide included.

What Can Baby See? Vision Tests and Intervention Strategies for Infants with Multiple Disabilities
By Deborah Chen, Ph.D.
30 minutes
This DVD presents common vision tests and methods of gathering information that can be used with infants and very young children to help identify visual impairments that require early intervention services. Discussion guide included.

To order the DVDs, call 1-800-232-3044 or go to the AFB Press online bookstore.

Click here to order these popular early intervention DVDs!

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Call for Papers – JVIB 2011 Special Issue: A Celebration of Orientation and Mobility

As the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the first university preparation program for orientation and mobility (O&M) practitioners approaches, the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites papers that examine research and practice in the area of O&M. Guest editors for the issue, which will be published in October 2011, are Richard G. Long, Ph.D., COMS and Diane L. Fazzi, Ph.D., COMS.

As the world becomes increasingly fast-paced and the built environment more complicated, the practice of imparting O&M instruction to people who are blind or visually impaired becomes all the more challenging. Papers on topics on the profession and innovations and challenges for practitioners are invited for this special issue. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011.

For more information about the call for papers, click here.


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