Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research

The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research is the first scholarly journal created by blind people designed to address the real problems of blindness.

Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research logo.An open-access, online-only publication, JBIR is interdisciplinary and international in scope. Its primary research, reports, scholarly reviews, and opinion pieces are meant to broaden and deepen our understanding of best practices for increasing the independence, self-respect, self-determination, and potential of the blind.

JBIR is not a medical journal and does not intend to publish information related to the medical aspects of blindness. Relevant topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Education and rehabilitation of the blind
  • Innovations related to Braille and the use of Braille
  • Techniques and tools for independent movement and travel by the blind
  • Development of innovative technological approaches
  • Findings that can affect advocacy-related efforts
  • Analysis of data sets providing descriptive information about the blind
  • Innovative practices in preparing professionals and paraprofessionals to work with the blind

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Editorial Team

Associate Editors

  • Edward C. Bell, PhD, Director, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness, Louisiana Tech University, United States
  • Nazanin M. Heydarian, PhD, Assistant Professor,  University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Kate Herndon, Sr. Dir., Product Operations and Analytics, American Printing House for the Blind 

Managing Editor

  • Lou Ann Blake, JD, National Federation of the Blind, United States

More Information

JBIR is available online and through our NFB-NEWSLINE® program. Read back issues online by visiting the JBIR archive. Questions about JBIR should be directed to Lou Ann Blake, JBIR managing editor, at [email protected]. To learn more about JBIR editorial policies, the article submission process, or to create a reader account, please visit

(The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research is copyright (c) 2018 to the National Federation of the Blind. ISSN: 2155-2894.)