News From 1932

The Cedar Valley Daily times
Saturday, January 23, 1932.


(Editor's   Note:   Following Is the first national publicity matter is­sued from the office of Eber L. Palmer, assistant director of  the American Foundation for the Blind at New York. Mr. Palmer, until recently superintendent of the Vin­ton public schools, is  the  son of Superintendent and Mrs. F. E. Palmer of the Iowa School for the Blind here. The accompanying article by Mr. Palmer was dispatched from New York to editors throughout the country.) 

New York, Jan.— Over   nine hundred activities are carried on at the present time in behalf of the Blind of the United States. This information is given in "The Directory of Activities for the Blind in the United States and Canada," the publication of which is announced today by Robert B. Irwin, executive director of the American Foundation for the Blind. 

Of the nine hundred three activities listed 10 are listed from Iowa. Of these five are credited to Vinton. Every activity about which usable information was received is included and the life of the blind individual from infancy to old age is touched by some phase of the work reported. The directory includes information on nurseries, homes, local and state associations, publishing houses, educational institutions, day schools, sight-saving classes, state commissions, charitable relief, workshops, vocational rehabilitation, scholarships, light­ houses, libraries with departments for the blind, councils of Jewish women, clubs, camps, homes for the deaf-blind, Lions clubs active in work for the blind, private and public organizations, and laws pertaining to the blind in the various states. Concise information is given about each individual activity.  

Mr. Irwin stated that the purpose of the book is to furnish an authentic source of information as to the activities carried on in behalf of the blind. "Where, can a homeless blind baby be taken care of? What can be done for a penniless, helpless, aged blind man or woman? Where can the blind be educated? What associations and groups of people are interested in the blind? These," said Mr. Irwin "are some of the questions this book helps to answer."

The following activities are in­cluded from Vinton: Iowa School for the Blind, Sight-saving classes at Iowa School for the Blind, summer school for adult blind, Iowa State Association for the Blind, and Lions club.



The Cedar Valley Daily Times
Saturday, January 30, 1932



In the second edition of the "Directory of Activities of the Blind in the United States and Canada," which is just off the press, recognition is given to the Lions club of Vinton for the part they have played in blind work. The book is published by the American Foundation for the Blind, Inc., and gives the following history concerning the blind activities of the Vinton club.

"The Lions club of Vinton, Iowa started their program of blind work in 1925. The main, purpose   of the activity was to put products of adult blind on the market and help with the sale of merchandise. To furnish recreation and transportation for the students of the Stale School for the Blind. Mr. F. E. Palmer is the chairman of the committee on Blind Work." 

Work for the blind is the major activity of the international asso­ciation of Lions, clubs, and the   Influence which the association exerts in behalf of the blind is seen in the report of the American Foundation, which states: 

     "The history of Lions work for the blind started with the inception of Lionism in 1917. The purpose of the association is to intelligently assist the blind in surmounting their handicap and to lead the public to a more wholesome attitude toward the blind. To assist in the promotion of, and   locations of business Interests of blind persons. To provide, when possible, typewriters, radios, etc. To furnish the blind with white canes. The association issues monthly "The Lions Juvenile Braille Magazine" embossed in braille grade 1 1-2. This publication was started in 1925 and is distributed gratis." Seven thousand copies of the Ju­venile Braille Magazine are issued yearly.”