Samuel Ashcroft

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Samuel C. Ashcroft (born June 14, 1921 , † January 30, 2006 ) was an American Braille pioneer and uncle of John Ashcroft .


Sam Ashcroft was interested in Braille all his life. His career began as a teacher in an integrated class for the visually impaired.

In 1949 he assumed responsibility as the director of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School . He was the founder and director of Educational Research (APH), professor in the Department of Specialized Education at the University of Maryland, and the director of The National Center on Educational Media and Materials for the Handicapped at Ohio State University .

Most of his time, however, he spent at George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (1957–1971, 1978–1985), where he developed a regional program for teachers to prepare them for working with the blind.

Sam Ashcroft was an active member of the Exceptional Children organization , which he headed as president from 1970 to 1971. He was called as a delegate to the White House Conference on Children in 1970 and was chairman of the International Children's Year committee . He also attended the Pan Pacific Children's Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was also internationally known and committed and conducted numerous seminars in Europe.

He leaves behind his wife and 2 daughters.


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