Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 65.3 Summer 2020

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 65 Issue 3 Presidential Awards Presidents of the Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness (Dr. Nicole Johnson) and the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Emily Coleman) collaborated to recognize individuals who went above and beyond in the field of blindness during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Three presidential awards were given to very deserving individuals for their hard work and dedication to the field through trying times. The awards were given to Dr. Penny Rosenblum for research and collaboration, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) outreach program for "coffee hour", and to Virtual ExCEL Academy (Charlotte Cushman, Dr. Cheryl Hannan, & Leanne Grillot). Below are comments from the award winners on their projects that greatly aided the field over the past months. Comments from Dr. Penny Rosenblum In response to COVID-19, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) took the lead in designing, deploying, analyzing, and reporting on the results of two surveys. Flatten Inaccessibility examined how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of adults in the US. We had 1,921 usable responses and our report should be out in Spotlight: Recognition in the Field

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