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The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research is a peer-reviewed, academically-focused review that was “launched in 2010 to stimulate greater participation in the development, testing, and evaluation of innovative practices in the field of work with the blind.” In the most recent issue, you will find the results of research conducted by the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University upon developing a standardized, research-based assessment to determine the proper reading medium or media for blind and low-vision students.

Abstract
This manuscript documents the need for, pilot testing, and validation of the National Reading Media Assessment (NRMA). The NRMA is an assessment of the visual reading efficiency of youth ages Pre-K through 12th grade who are visually impaired. The tool is designed to measure the extent to which large print materials are sufficient to complete academic tasks, whether Braille should be introduced, or whether the youth should be given primary instruction in Braille. Findings support the efficacy of this tool in making the decision to recommend print, Braille, or dual media for prereading youth and those in kindergarten through 12th grade.
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Edward Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC

Edward Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC

Dr. Bell is the Director of the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University.

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