The Alabama Institute For Deaf And Blind

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The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind serves as an educational resource for individuals who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind, and multi-disabled. I chose this agency because it has been mentioned in my communicative disorders classes. As a future speech language pathologist I want to learn about this agency and discover the programs it offers to help me with my future clients. The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is relative to this course because as mentioned in the textbook and other course material, resources and programs that offer assistance to individuals with disabilities are essential to their successful futures. This agency is a means in which people who are deaf and blind can seek assistance to improve their skills of communication and this is ultimately my goal as a speech language pathologist. Joseph Henry Johnson, a young medical doctor, was inspired by his younger deaf brother to establish the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in 1858. The Johnson family remained involved with the school for years to come. For instance, Joseph Henry Johnson was the school’s first president, his sister was the first teacher, and his son, Joseph Henry Johnson Jr., succeeded him as president. Johnson’s brother-in-law, Reuben R. Asbury was visually impaired during the Civil War, and founded the Alabama School for the Blind. This family’s commitment to helping the deaf and blind has forged the campus to grow from Talladega to eight regional centers across the state of

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