Division on Visual Impairments


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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CEC Style Guide Mackenzie Savaiano, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, msavaiano2@unl.edu The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has a 30-page style guide used, "as a reference for all written materials produced by CEC, both externally and internally". This guide is used by CEC leadership, staff, editors and proofreaders to ensure consistency of terminology and acronym used across CEC materials. This guide is coming up for revision this year, and we have submitted three recommendations that will be incorporated in the new version. The existence of the Style Guide came to my attention when I submitted corrections to my page proofs for an article. CEC had capitalized all instances of the word "braille" and I submitted the correction of having "braille" in lowercase. I also submitted the position paper on capitalization style from the Braille Authority of North America (2006) to support my correction. The response I received was that, "per CEC guidelines, all instances of Braille in the article will be capitalized" (personal communication, March 9, 2016). I followed up regarding my concern with the Style Manual and was sent a copy and invited to share recommendations for the upcoming revision. When 41

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