Wednesday, August 31, 2011

JVIB 2012 Special Issue on Technology: Today's Game Changer

I'm very excited to be a guest editor with the awesome Donna McNear on next year's special technology issue of the Journal of Vision Impairment and Blindness. JVIB is the peer-reviewed journal of record in the field of vision loss, and a past tech issue in 2003 featured my article, In the Palm of Your Hand, a vision of what mobile devices would mean for blind people in the future (a future that has already happened, of course!).

Donna and I are looking for forward looking articles that will inform the field of what might happen in the future. Technology is advancing at such a pace that so many topics are possible, but to just name a few:
  • Mobile (what might happen next!?)
  • Web infrastructure and accessibility of/through the cloud
  • The power of free
  • New technology for giving blind people the ability to tackle tasks that used to require vision
  • Convergence between mainstream technology and assistive technology
  • Novel and/or innovative applications of technology for teaching and education
  • Novel and/or innovative applications of technology in the workplace
  • What technology advances mean for the future of Braille
  • And so many other possibilities!
Of course, this is a peer reviewed journal and being guest editors doesn't give us the power to decide what does and doesn't get published. But, we would so very much like technology innovators in the field of vision loss and blindness to propose exciting articles that will help the field move forward to maximize results for the people we all serve!

The deadline for submissions is in January 31, 2012,and the call for papers is here. Help us make this a terrific issue!

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