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The Career As A Medical Doctor And A Guerilla Fighter

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Howe graduated from Harvard thereafter he joined the Greek Revolutionist as a medical doctor and a guerilla fighter (Kleege, 2002). After the war Howe was offered the opportunity to open a New England asylum for the Blind in Boston (Wittenstein, 2013), which later became the Perkins School for the Blind (Hatlen, 2000). With no background in education, Samuel G. Howe began his career as an educator of the blind, including people who were deaf/blind, in 1829 (Ajuwon & Oyinlade, 2008; Kleege, 2002). Howe based his school, the Perkins School for the Blind, on the European models of schools for the Blind (Ajuwon & Oyinlade, 2008; Hatlen, 2000). However, he only picked the most suitable methods that he thought would be able to benefit his students the most (Kleege, 2002). He did not only educate the students who were blind. Laura Bridgman was Howe’s first deaf/blind student. She is also known as his first miracle (Smith & Anton, 1997). One of Howe’s first contribution to the field of visual impairments, was his efforts to teach blind veterans, adults and enslaved people, who did not have access to schools where blind children were taught while still in the military (Wittenstein, 2013). Further, his encouragement to other states in the U.S. to start their own schools for the visually impaired was another contribution to the field of education of the visually impaired (Wittenstein, 2013). Further, he was seen as a leader in the field of education of blind and deaf/blind
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