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American Printing House for the Blind honors Dr. Josephine Stratton for innovative product idea

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, December 18, 2001

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is pleased to announce this year's winner of the Virgil Zickel Award. Dr. Josephine Stratton was honored for her work to produce the On the Way to Literacy handbook and her contributions to the On the Way to Literacy storybook series.

Dr. Stratton, of Norwich, New York, conducted research and worked with APH's Suzette Wright to produce the On the Way to Literacy handbook for caregivers and teachers. She also made significant contributions to the first two sets of the On the Way to Literacy storybook series.

Throughout her career in Special Education, Dr. Stratton has taught all ages of students-from kindergarten through college level. She has received numerous awards for her dedication and excellence in educating children who are blind or visually impaired. She is credited with many outstanding accomplishments that broaden educational opportunities for blind and visually impaired students, most notably in the areas of tactile graphics and literacy.

The Virgil Zickel Award is given, annually, to a person (or persons) who contributes an innovative idea for a new product that can be produced by APH. The award commemorates the service of Virgil Zickel, plant manager at APH for twenty-seven years.

Contact Roberta Williams, Public Relations Specialist, for more information. Telephone: 1 -800-223-1839 or (502) 895-2405; e-mail: rwilliams@aph.org

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