Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Death

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Death

Article excerpt

A recipient of the 1996 AFB Migel Medal and past president of the National Braille Association Helen G. Levine died on March 13, 2012, at age 96. Before she became a Cincinnati, Ohio, wife and mother and, later, an advocate for people who are blind, Mrs. Levine made her debut on Broadway in 1937 in the ensemble of Having a Wonderful Time, which starred Ginger Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Mrs. Levine's interest in blindness was sparked over 60 years ago when, while pregnant with her third child, a close friend gave birth to a son who was blind. In 1951, in Cincinnati, she founded and served as the first chairperson of Aid to the Visually Handicapped, a service of the National Council of Jewish Women. For that project, she recruited, trained, and supervised volunteers who served blind and visually impaired children by making accessible textbooks in audio, braille, and large print format. From 1959 to 1967, she spent her time teaching professionals and the public about the education and mobility needs of people who are visually impaired by holding seminars in Ohio and across the United States. …

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