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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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 2 looking through the guide there were three issues with terminology that I noticed. 1. The word "Braille" was always capitalized. So if you are like me, and you ever wondered why so many authors were capitalizing braille in CEC publications – it was probably not their doing. 2. The words "deaf-blind" and "deaf-blindness" were hyphenated. While there is less of a standard for these terms, we recently changed our division name to include deafblindness, unhyphenated. 3. Our division was still listed as "DVI". At the General Business Meeting on Thursday, April 14 at the CEC Convention in St. Louis I spoke to those present about these issues and primed everyone to expect a survey on these three items to see if there was division agreement on the terminology before sending the recommendation forward. We received 34 responses to our survey and there was majority agreement that these changes should be made (91.2% agreed for braille, 94.1% agreed for deafblind, and 94.1% agreed for DVIDB). With the feedback provided from the survey, I made the following recommendations for the CEC Style Guide. 42

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