Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 60(4)

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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President's Message Diane Pevsner, University of Alabama at Birmingham dpevsner@uab.edu Change is difficult. Change can be painful. Change can deprive us of serenity. Change can bring about discouragement when the results we were hoping for do not happen immediately. The thing to remember while trudging through the process of change is that by making the first step, and the effort, progress is being made. Without change, we become stagnate and nothing improves. If Annie Sullivan didn't change the expectations Captain and Mrs. Keller had for Helen, the miracle may have never happened. The profession of visual impairments is currently going through a major change. In November of 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) voted to adopt the Unified English Braille (UED) literary code. This change will help braille readers and transcribers by eliminating multiple symbols with 7

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