[Nfbk] FW: National Federation of the Blind Names Laurel Hudson 2010 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children

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Subject: National Federation of the Blind Names Laurel Hudson 2010
Distinguished Educator of Blind Children



Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

cdanielsen at nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind Names Laurel Hudson
2010 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children

Baltimore, Maryland (June 21, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind
(NFB) has named Laurel Hudson, a teacher of blind students at the Coralwood
Diagnostic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, as its 2010 Distinguished Educator of
Blind Children.  Hudson will be presented with the award at the NFB's
seventieth annual national convention, to be held July 3-8, 2010, at the
Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Hudson has taught blind students for more than thirty-nine years.  She began
working with blind children at the Perkins School for the Blind in
Watertown, Massachusetts, and then switched to working in mainstream
settings within public schools.  She has taught as both a teacher of
students with visual impairments and an orientation and mobility specialist.
In her current role at the Coralwood Diagnostic Center, Hudson teaches
orientation and mobility, Braille literacy, and technology skills to
students aged four to fourteen.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
"Laurel Hudson's dedication to blind students is unparalleled.  As an
orientation and mobility specialist and a teacher of Braille, Hudson gives
her students the tools for independence and academic success.  With only one
out of ten blind children learning Braille today, it is clear that many
teachers of blind students are simply not teaching Braille.  Hudson's
conviction in the importance of Braille literacy sets her apart and makes
her an obvious choice to be the NFB's Distinguished Educator of the year.
The National Federation of the Blind commends Hudson for her commitment to
the education of blind students."

Hudson received her master of education in orientation and mobility and her
doctorate in visual impairments and blindness from Boston College.  She was
previously honored with the Georgia Distinguished Educator of Blind Children
Award in 2009.

The Distinguished Educator Award carries with it a $1,000 prize and an
all-expense-paid trip to the 2010 NFB National Convention in Dallas.  While
in Dallas, Hudson will address several hundred parents and educators of
blind children and have an opportunity to share her experience and insights
with many people interested in improving the education of blind students.

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About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the
largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the
United States.   The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy,
education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and
self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and
the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and
training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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