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Leaders and Legends: Durward K. McDaniel

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Durward K. McDaniel
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldDurward McDaniel (1915-1994) was born in Oklahoma and lost his sight at the age of 14 as the result of an oil field accident. He attended the Oklahoma School for the Blind, the University of Oklahoma and its law school. He opened a law office in Oklahoma City and qualified to practice before the Supreme Court. He was married to Aileen and they had one daughter. In 1949 he co-founded the Oklahoma League for the Blind and served as president of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind from 1947 to 1950.Durwood McDaniel has been credited with being one of the primary forces in the movement to found the American Council of the Blind. Notwithstanding the status of a fledgling organization with limited resources, he persuaded ACB's National Board to create the office of a national representative to provide a presence on Capitol Hill. He served as its first national representative in Washington (occasiona…

Leaders and Legends: Anne Sullivan Macy

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Anne Sullivan Macy
Inducted 2006
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldAnne Sullivan Macy (1866 - 1936) was born in Massachusetts and although she was called Anne or Annie from the very beginning, her baptismal certificate identifies her as Johanna Mansfield Sullivan. Her parents were poor, illiterate Irish immigrants. By age seven she was unschooled, hot tempered, and nearly blind from untreated trachoma. Her mother was frail and died of tuberculosis when Anne was eight years old and her abusive, alcoholic father abandoned his family when Anne was ten years old. She and her brother were sent to the state almshouse in Tewksbury, Massachusetts where Jimmie died a short time later. Anne spent four unhappy years at Tewksbury, grieving over her brother's death and the disappointment of two unsuccessful eye operations.As a result of her direct plea to a state official who had come to inspect the Tewksbury almshouse, she was allowed to leave and enroll in the Perkins …

Leaders and Legends: Berthold Lowenfeld

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Berthold Lowenfeld
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldBerthold Lowenfeld (1901-1994) was born in Linz, Austria. He graduated from the University of Vienna in 1927 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. In 1922, while still a student, he began teaching at the Jewish School for the Blind, Hohe Warte, in Vienna where he worked until 1930, when he was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship to study the education of blind children in the United States. Prior to leaving for the U.S., he married his beloved Greta, and they often referred to their year abroad as their "honeymoon."In 1938, the Lowenfelds move permanently to the United States with Kathryn Maxfield, an educator working for the American Foundation for the Blind, as their sponsor. They settled in New York, and soon both the Lowenfelds were working part-time for the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind, a residential school in the Bronx.Shortly thereafter, Robert Irwin, the Director of the …

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Leaders and Legends: Roy Kumpe

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Roy Kumpe
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldRoy Kumpe (1910-1987) was born in Arkansas. After the onset of blindness at the age of eight, he attended the Arkansas School for the Blind. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock completing his law degree in 1938.Soon thereafter, he started a job placement service called Arkansas Employment Services which linked federal vending stand sites with competent operators who were blind. The realization that not enough people were independent enough to be successfully employed kindled his dream to create a training center for people who are blind or visually impaired. One of the first steps toward the fulfillment of Roy Kumpe's dream was to persuade a statewide convention of Lions Clubs to sponsor a civilian rehabilitation center and to raise $10,000 for its first quarters. Thus, the first rehabilitation center to open under non-governmental auspices in the country was incorporated in 19…

Leaders and Legends: Ruth Kaarlela

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Ruth Kaarlela
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldRuth Kaarlela was born in Michigan in 1919. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in social work (1947) from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in gerontology (1978). She took courses at Syracuse University and Columbia University Teachers College which resulted in certification in special education to teach blind children. She is currently living in Michigan. Ruth Kaarlela was employed as a social worker in the Family Service Agency in Lansing for five years and then at the University of Michigan hospital for 4 years. During a three year period at the Industrial Home for the Blind at the Mineola campus, she developed plans for integration of blind children into public schools. For two years she was an itinerant teacher of blind children in a Long Island school system. She was then asked to take charge of a Nassau County day school for emotionally disturbed chi…

Leaders and Legends: Kenneth Jernigan

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Kenneth Jernigan
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldKenneth Jernigan (1926-1998) grew up on a farm in central Tennessee. He graduated with honors from Tennessee Technological University in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in social science. In 1949 he received a master's degree in English from Peabody College in Nashville, where he subsequently completed additional graduate study. He received the Captain Charles W. Browne Award presented by the American Foundation for the Blind to the nation's outstanding blind student. He was married to Mary Ellen who was also active in NFB activities. Kenneth Jernigan then spent four years as a teacher of English at the Tennessee School for the Blind. In 1953 he was appointed to the faculty of the California Orientation Center for the Blind in Oakland, where he played a major role in program development.From 1958 until 1978, he served as Director of the Iowa State Commission for the Blind. In this capacit…

Leaders and Legends: Robert B. Irwin

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Robert B. Irwin
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldRobert Irwin (1883-1951) was born in Iowa. When he was five years old he became blind as a result of an eye inflammation. He attended and graduated from a "School for Defective Youth" which was later renamed the Washington State School for the Blind. After graduating from the University of Washington, he attended graduate school at Harvard University where he received an M.A. in 1907 and stayed for two more years to concentrate on the education and welfare of the blind as well as on government and history. Robert Irwin began his career in 1910 as supervisor of the classes for the blind in the Cleveland Public Schools, where he also organized classes for partially seeing children in 1913. Assisted by Dr. Goddard in 1914, he was the first to adapt Binet intelligence tests so that they "might be used more appropriately with the blind." In 1923, Robert Irwin was called to New York to…

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Hello Fred's Head, I am interested in providing encouragement to our veterans and the soldiers who have been wounded while protecting our great country. Additionally, I am interested in providing practical information and insight to assist their families. My name is Craig J. Phillips. I am an alumnus of Oral Robert's University Class of 1985, an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling Class of 1990, and a traumatic brain injury survivor. I sustained an open skull fracture with right frontal lobe damage and remained in a coma for 3 weeks at the age of 10 in August of 1967. I underwent brain and skull surgery after waking from the coma. Follow-up cognitive and psyche / social testing revealed that I would not be able to succeed academically beyond high school. In 1967 Neurological Rehabilitation was not available to me, so I had to teach myself how to walk, talk…

Leaders and Legends: Douglas Inkster

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Douglas Inkster
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldDoug Inkster (1925-1993) was born in Michigan. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL and a masters in counseling, testing and guidance and a doctorate from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI in rehabilitation administration. He was wounded in World War II. Doug was married and they had two daughters and a son, all of whom were married before his death in 1993.Doug Inkster has served with a number of agencies throughout his illustrious career. Early in his career, he served from 1950 to 1960 as the Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Lansing. Then in 1960 he assumed the position of Assistant Regional Representative for the US Department of Health Education and Welfare, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Region V. He was Superintendent of the Illinois Visually Handicapped Institute from 1963 to 1967…

Leaders and Legends: Samuel Gridley Howe

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Samuel Gridley Howe
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldSamuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876) was born in Boston. He graduated from Brown University in 1821 and from the Harvard Medical School in 1824. After serving as a soldier and doctor in the Greek War of Independence, he returned to Boston in 1831. He married Julia Ward and they had six children.One day, shortly after his return, Samuel Howe met an old friend from Brown University, Dr. John Dix Fisher. Fisher was the principal founder in 1829 of what at that time was known as The New England Asylum for the Blind. Fisher offered him the directorship and even though the school had no students and no buildings, he accepted.Since there were no schools for the blind in America, Samuel Howe was directed by the trustees to visit schools for the blind in Europe to observe their programs and to obtain educational aids and appliances. He was also instructed to hire two teachers to assist him. After his trip he…

Leaders and Legends: Everett "Butch" Hill

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Everett "Butch" Hill
Inducted 2007
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldEverett W. Hill, Jr. (1943-1994) grew up in Pine City, Minnesota. He was a gifted drummer and basketball player, lettering in high school and at Northland College in Wisconsin, where he did his first two years of undergraduate work. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1966. He had three children with his wife Joan. After his divorce Butch and Mary Maureen were married in 1979.Butch Hill contributed significantly in a variety of ways to the field of Orientation and Mobility. In 1966 at the age of 23, he accepted a job teaching mobility at the Minneapolis Society for the Blind. Realizing that very little about the field of O&M had been documented at that time, he pursued his formal education in O&M at Western Michigan University. After graduation he returned to the Minneapolis Society for the Blind as director of O&M and then to…

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Do you ever get tired of hearing the sound of yourself typing? Honestly, it's never really bothered me, but I'm sure that if you work near other people, they might get annoyed with it after some time. Next time you go shopping for a new keyboard, you might look for one that's a bit quieter than the rest. Take this one from Thanko which is not only silent, but works on two PCs. While it's pretty obvious what it means for a keyboard to be silent, I don't often hear of one that boasts the ability to work on two computers at the same time. I guess that it's really not the same time, but a flip of a switch just above your arrow keys will allow you to operate on a second computer. Click this link to purchase the Silent Keyboard from the geekstuff4u website.

Leaders and Legends: William Allen Hadley

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William Allen Hadley
Inducted 2005
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldWilliam Hadley (1860-1941) was born in Indiana and graduated from Earlham College in 1881. He was married to Jessie and they had two daughters. After receiving a masters degree from the University of Minnesota he taught in Minnesota, was Superintendent of Schools in Wilmar, MN. For one year he was a student at the University of Berlin, then taught at Marietta College in Ohio. Later he taught in Peoria, IL and at a Chicago High School for 15 years.His favorite hobby was reading books in English, German, Latin and Greek. He was described as a devout Quaker, a strong, quiet man with a capacity for courage, able to stand up to problems and adversities and enjoying intellectual adventures and possessing a deep concern for human beings.In 1915 at the age of 55 he suddenly went blind from a detached retina. His ophthalmologist and friend, Dr. E.V.L. Brown, suggested that he teach himself Braille, whic…

Leaders and Legends: Kathern Frances Gruber

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Kathern Frances Gruber
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldKathern Frances Gruber (1905-1998) was born in Minnesota, a descendant of Franz Gruber, the composer of "Silent Night." She graduated from the University of Minnesota in education of blind children. As a resource teacher for blind children in Minneapolis and New York she introduced innovative teaching methods especially in the areas of independence and self-reliance. In her retirement she moved to California where she lived until her death in 1998. In 1945 Kay Gruber was appointed the Director of War Blind Veteran Services for the American Foundation for the Blind and in 1949 as Assistant Director for Professional Services of AFB, positions she held simultaneously until her retirement in 1963. Much of her life was dedicated to providing maximum independence for the blind and rebuilding the pride, dignity and self-esteem of blinded veterans. Kay Gruber was instrumental in working wit…

Leaders and Legends: Eleanor E. Faye, MD

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Eleanor E. Faye, MD
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldEleanor E. Faye is the Ophthalmological Advisor to the Lighthouse Center for Education. She was born and raised in Hawaii. She was awarded her BA degree from Stanford University and her MD degree in 1950 from Stanford University School of Medicine.From 1965-1993 Eleanor Faye served as the Director of the Lighthouse Low Vision Services. A founder and lead instructor with the Lighthouse Continuing Education Program in low vision care, Eleanor Faye also lectures at universities, hospitals and agencies for the blind and visually impaired. She is an emeritus ophthalmic surgeon with the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and with the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.Eleanor Faye was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for the Blind, Chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Low Vision Standing Committee (now the Vision Rehabilitation Committ…

Leaders and Legends: William H. "Bill" English

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William H. "Bill" English
Inducted 2005
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldBill English was born in 1929 in Chicago. He received his Bachelors from Cornell in Iowa and his Masters from Iowa State University. He is married to Janet and they have one daughter and two grandchildren.Mr. English's entire career was devoted to the education of blind and visually impaired children and youth. From 1952-1954 he was at the Kentucky School for the Blind as a teacher and coach and, from 1954-1957, at the Ohio State School for the Blind as Principal, teacher and wrestling coach. He and his family then moved to Virginia where he served as Principal of the Virginia School for the Blind from 1957 until 1970. Sensing the need for a teacher preparation program within the state, he initiated preparations for and later helped to establish the vision program at the University of Virginia. In 1970 he moved to the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped, where he wa…

Leaders and Legends: Cleo Dolan

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Cleo Dolan
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldCleo Dolan was born in 1918 in Ohio, was awarded a bachelors degree in 1941 and masters degree in Social Administration in 1945 from Ohio State University. He also attended Franklin Law School and did post graduate work at Ohio State University. He and his wife Elinore have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.From 1952 to 1956 Cleo Dolan served as Social Service Supervisor and then as Assistant Superintendent for the Boys Industrial School in Lancaster, Ohio. He was the Director of State Services for the Blind from 1957 to 1958.Cleo Dolan served 30 years (1958-87) as Executive Director of the Cleveland Society for the Blind. Under his dynamic and capable leadership this agency became the third largest private multi-purpose agency in the nation serving blind persons. He was an innovative thinker, a man ahead of his time. The following serve to illustrate this point: in 1959 a low vision clinic was established;…

Leaders and Legends: Father Thomas Carroll

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Father Thomas Carroll
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldThomas Carroll, Jr. was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1909 and studied Greek, Latin, and Philosophy at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, graduating in 1932. Deciding to become a priest, he attended St. John's Seminary, and was ordained in 1938. He died suddenly in 1971. Father Carroll's first assignment was to the Catholic Guild for all the Blind as Assistant Director. During World War II he worked extensively with blinded veterans, serving from 1944-1947 as auxiliary chaplain of Avon Old Farms Convalescent Hospital, the U.S. Army's Experimental Rehabilitation Center in Connecticut. He also held a similar post at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania from 1944-1949. Fr. Carroll became Director of the Catholic Guild for the Blind in 1947. In 1952 he brought the idea of safe cane travel skills to the Center in the form of the first mobility program. …

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Leaders and Legends: Charles F.F. Campbell

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Charles F.F. Campbell
Inducted 2007
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldCharles Campbell, known as Charlie, (1876-1935) grew up on the London campus of the Royal Normal College for the Blind (RNC), established in 1872 by his father, Sir Francis Campbell, who was an adventitiously blinded American. After completing his degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he returned briefly to the RNC to work on vocational training programs for the blind.He soon returned to Massachusetts and through his innovative work became a leader in the development of modern vocational rehabilitation for blind adults by demonstrating to blind people and the public the many and varied jobs that could be done without sight. In 1904 he established an "experiment station" to train and place blind workers in industry at the Massachusetts Association for the Adult Blind. This successful program was continued by the newly established Massachusetts Commission for the Blind in 1…

Leaders and Legends: C. Warren Bledsoe

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C. Warren Bledsoe
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldWarren Bledsoe (1912-2005) was born at the Maryland School for the Blind where his father was serving as superintendent. He and his wife Anne had two daughters. He graduated from Princeton University, the Harvard course for teachers of the blind and did graduate work at Johns Hopkins. He taught at the Maryland School for the Blind until he was drafted in World War II.In 1947 Warren Bledsoe was appointed by General Omar Bradley as the Coordinator of the Blinded Veterans Affairs and played an important role in setting up the program for blinded military personnel at Valley Forge. Because of his determination and development of a training curriculum, the long cane method of travel which was developed by Dr. Richard Hoover was implemented to prepare blinded veterans for return to civilian life. It is now used around the world to enable visually impaired people to travel independently. He was influenti…

Leaders and Legends: Donald Blasch

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Donald Blasch
Inducted 2002
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness FieldDonald Blasch (1914-1993) was born in Illinois, the seventh in a family of eight children whose parents emigrated from Lithuania. He graduated with a B.E. from Northern Illinois University in 1937 and from the University of Chicago with an M.A. in 1949 and postgraduate work at Ohio State University, University of Chicago and Northwestern University. In 1942 he married Virginia who currently lives outside of Chicago and they had two children.Donald Blasch worked as a psychologist at Illinois State Training School and a counselor at St. Charles School for Boys. He served in the army during World War II in Africa, Sicily and Italy, as a consultant in personnel and was promoted to Lieutenant. Prior to working at Hines he was employed as a child psychologist between 1948 and 1951.In 1951 Donald Blasch was hired by Russ Williams as a counselor at the Hines V. A. Center. While there he exhibited a wholesome…