Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 59(5)

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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Message from the Guest Editor There's No Place like Home: Growing a Professional Home for the Field of Deafblindness within DVIDB Amy T. Parker Coordinator of Professional Development & Products, National Center on Deafblindness parkera@wou.edu When Dorothy travels through the mythical Land of Oz, she meets colorful characters along the way who teach her about brains, heart and nerve (Baum, 1900). Throughout her journey, she is reminded of important lessons that she learned from Auntie Em and Uncle Henry back in Kansas, which help her face the challenges in Oz, and which eventually, enable her to make her way back home. A professional home is a place where one belongs; where one learns about what is important in research, practice, and policy; and where one contributes to ongoing efforts within a field. A professional home provides us with resources and supports from colleagues that are engaged in a field of practice. Like Dorothy, when we are challenged with 6

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