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FSU Program Inducted Into Florida Division Of Blind Services Awards Program


A Florida State University program is one of several recognized for its continued advancement of independence for blind and visually impaired Floridians.

During a recent ceremony celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Florida Division of Blind Services, Director Robert Doyle inducted the FSU College of Education’s Visual Disabilities program into its “Successful 75.”

“As the only Visual Disabilities program in the Southeast, FSU offers one of the most respected and longest standing programs with an elite nationally recognized faculty, who have blindness experience in all majors,” he said. “The overall mission and curriculum instruction of the Visual Disabilities program is to prepare highly qualified individuals, again who have a personal and professional commitment to advancing the lives of individuals who are blind and impaired.”   

Nan McMillan is the President of the Student chapter of the Florida Association of Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She’s also a student of FSU’s Visual Disabilities program.

“In our program, our professor prepare students to work with all types of people who have visual impairments as teachers and as orientation mobility specialist,” she said. “There is a critical shortage for these professionals not just in Florida, but all across our nation.”

Meanwhile, Lighthouse of the Big Bend and Tallahassee Community College were also inducted into the Division of Blind Services’ “Successful 75” awards program—recognizing individuals, organizations, and businesses for their continued contributions to the blind and visually impaired community.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.