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"Master Teacher" of the Blind Receives National Award

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, July 8, 1998

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is pleased to announce that Mary Nelle McLennan, vice-president for Products and Services, has been selected to receive the 1998 Mary K. Bauman Award. Presented every other year by the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), the Mary K. Bauman Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to the education of children who are blind or visually impaired.

This national award will be presented to McLennan at AER's International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, July 9, 1998, at 12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree St.

McLennan is recognized as a national leader in the field of vision, having spent 30 years working to improve educational services and quality of life for people who are blind. For the first 15 years of her career, she taught children at the Tennessee School for the Blind, where she was distinguished by her enthusiastic commitment to her students. Understanding that most learning occurs through the sense of sight, McLennan's determination to "level the playing field" for blind students lead her to fill her classroom with unique and innovative "props," including a collection of costumes and hats illustrating cultural styles across the ages, and a dollhouse her students could explore with their hands to understand architectural structure.

A self-proclaimed "teacher turned bureaucrat," McLennan has worked at APH in Louisville since 1982. Utilizing her practical knowledge of how blind children learn best, she began as a text book editor, determining the format in which information should be transcribed from print into braille. In addition to her current duties on the APH Executive Committee, she now travels across the country educating professionals on issues related to vision loss.

McLennan serves on several national advisory boards, including the "National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youth with Visual Impairments" and the "Model Registry for Early childhood," and has produced three federal videos concerning issues in education and rehabilitation of persons with vision loss. McLennan has also served as President of the Kentucky Chapter of AER, and was inducted into the AER Hall of Fame in 1997.

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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