[Ohio-talk] Kudos to JW.
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Mon Mar 2 15:27:41 UTC 2015
The following information is lifted from the Workforce Integration Task Force
Final Report to Governor John R. Kasich. Notice that JW made sure that his involvement and leadership in the Federation got included. This is the way we should all do it.
Be proud of the fact that you are a part of the National Federation of the Blind.
Again, kudos to the Dr.
Appendix A: Workforce Integration Task Force Members
J. Webster Smith
J. Webster Smith (J.W.) was born blind on March 9, 1959, in Chicago. Dr. Smith is a professor of speech
communication in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received his
Bachelor of Arts degree in history and speech communication from Indiana University, his Master of Arts degree
in speech communication from Purdue University, and his PhD from Wayne State University. He is a member of
the National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, National Federation of the
Blind, National Federation of the Blind of Ohio (where he served as president from 2008 to 2012), and the
National Association of Blind Educators. In addition, Dr. Smith has served as a member of the Ohio State Library
Consumer Advisory Committee, the State Consumer Advisory Committee of Opportunities for Ohioans with
Disabilities (formerly known as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission), and the Ohio Governorís Council
on People with Disabilities.
Sherill K. Williams
Deborah Keefer Kendrick is an award-winning journalist, poet and technologist. Her newspaper column on
disability rights has appeared in numerous newspapers since 1986, including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus
Dispatch and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Kendrick also serves as senior features editor for
AccessWorld, a technology news magazine for individuals who are blind or visually impaired published by the
American Foundation for the Blind. Deborah has written the Jobs That Matter series of books for AFB Press, a
series profiling a wide variety of blind and visually impaired individuals and the jobs they do. Her features,
editorials and reviews have also appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including Womanís
Day, Parenting, Marriage and Family, St. Anthony Messenger, and many others. She serves on a number of
boards and councils, has three grown children, and lives in Cincinnati.
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