[Nfbnet-members-list] Fw: National Federation of the Blind Names Janet Bernhardt 2016 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children
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National Federation of the Blind Names Janet Bernhardt
2016 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children
Orlando, Florida (July 2, 2016): The National Federation of the Blind
(NFB) has named Janet Bernhardt, an educational consultant at the
Louisiana Center for the Blind, as its 2016 Distinguished Educator of
Blind Children. Ms. Bernhardt was presented with the award at the
NFB's seventy-sixth annual National Convention, held at the Rosen
Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
Ms. Bernhardt started teaching blind preschoolers in 1977, and since
then has worked with children of all ages. In her current role at the
Louisiana Center for the Blind, her goal is to ensure that every
blind student in Louisiana receives the quality education they
deserve. She divides her time between helping blind students learn
techniques for greater independence, and working with their teachers
to encourage and develop a course curriculum suited to the needs of
those blind students. Ms. Bernhardt also spends a significant amount
of her time helping students and their teachers learn Braille because
she believes it is an important skill to acquire on the path to independence.
Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind,
said, "Ms. Bernhardt has dedicated her career to ensuring that blind
students are given the tools for independence and academic success,
while also ensuring that their teachers possess the necessary methods
for effective instruction. Ms. Bernhardt's dedication is exemplified
in her advocacy for Braille instruction and her willingness to go
above and beyond so that blind students all over the state of
Louisiana are given the opportunity to succeed. The National
Federation of the Blind commends Ms. Bernhardt for her unwavering
commitment to the highest quality of education for blind children."
Ms. Bernhardt received a certification in education of the visually
impaired from Florida State University, and a bachelor's in
elementary education from Louisiana State University. She has also
served internships at the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation
Center at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Lions Low
Vision Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The Distinguished Educator Award carries with it a $1,000 prize and a
trip to the 2016 NFB National Convention in Orlando. While in
Orlando, Ms. Bernhardt will address several hundred parents and
educators of blind children and have an opportunity to share her
experience and insights with many people interested in improving the
education of blind students.
About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise
the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create
obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life
you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
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