Division on Visual Impairments


A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 2 Image 3: Drawing of the original Tennessee School for the Blind Building (mansion). Technology at TSB TSB has come a long way from its humble beginnings. James Champlin, blind from birth, was inspired to launch a small private school for the blind in Nashville in 1844. His service to the visually impaired was so successful that the Tennessee Legislature voted to underwrite the establishment of a "state" school for the blind. In the 1860s, the school struggled to maintain its existence through two deadly influenza epidemics and the ravages of the Civil War. During the latter, the school was appropriated by the northern army as a military hospital. Victorious Federal troops later destroyed it by fire. During the Reconstruction Years, 1865-1877, students reconvened in Nashville homes and rented facilities until a wealthy philanthropist donated a large mansion to house the school. The institution flourished at this location for some 80 years. During the 19 th and early 20 th centuries, students received some academic training, but the majority of their day was spent in musical and vocational training, including broom and mattress making, chair caning, rug 64

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