Euclid Herie and Dean Tuttle were recently selected to join the 42 existing individuals of the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the blindness field, located at the American Printing house for the Blind (APH).
In the course of his career in the field of visual impairment and blindness, Dr. Herie served as president of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and president of the World Blind Union. An advocate for braille, upon his retirement, Dr. Herie established a foundation to help implement braille literacy programs in developing countries. He has received many honors for his work, including an appointment in 2001 as CNIB president emeritus. In 2002, he received the Ambrose M. Shotwell Award, which honors an individual who has made significant outstanding contributions to the personal adjustment or rehabilitation of adults who are blind or visually impaired, from AER. Dr. Herie also received the Queen's 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal, and the Member of the Order of Canada, which is given by the Canadian government to individuals whose sustained personal achievement have made a difference for Canada or humanity.
Before joining the special education faculty of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Dr. Tuttle studied under previous Hall of Fame inductee Georgie Lee Abel and went on to serve as principal of the California School for the Blind. While a professor at UNC, he created a highly regarded personnel preparation program for teachers of students with visual impairments. Dr. Tuttle retired after 20 years at UNC, receiving the title of professor emeritus. Among his 58 publications is the title Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness: The Process of Responding to Life's Demands, originally published in 1984 and now in its third edition. Among the honors and awards Dr. Tuttle has received over the course of his career are the 2004 Wings of Freedom award, from the American Printing House for the Blind; the 2000 professional Migel Medal, from AFB; the 1992 C. Warren Bledsoe award for outstanding publication, from AER; and the 1991 Distinguished Service Award, from the Division on Visual Impairments (DVI) of the Council for Exceptional Children. When interviewed in 2003 by Stuart Wittenstein for the D.V.L Quarterly series entitled "People You Should Know," Dr. Tuttle was invited to share "words of wisdom" with the members of his field. In response, he said:
... If someone wants a career in which he or she can make a difference, ... if someone wants to commit themselves to a profession where significant personal contributions can be made, then special education is worth considering. In my opinion, ours is the greatest profession of all.
The full text of the interview is available online at: <www.cecdvi.org/DVIIQ/2003/dviq%20dean%20tuttle.word.doc>. For more information, contact: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206-0085; phone: 800-223-1839 or 502-895-2405; e-mail: <email@example.com>; web site: <www.aph.org/hall_fame/index.html>.