FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Names Amy Lund 2017 Distinguished Educator of Blind Students

Baltimore, Maryland (August 1, 2017): The National Federation of the Blind has presented its annual Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award to Amy Lund of Springfield, Illinois. Ms. Lund, a teacher of blind students since 2001, currently teaches blind and low-vision students throughout the Springfield, Illinois public school system. She became involved with the National Federation of the Blind in 2009 and has served as coordinator and lead instructor of the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academies conducted by the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois in both Springfield and Chicago. She holds a B.S. in Special Education, Low-vision/Blindness and a Master of Special Education, Behavior Interventionist and Material Adaptation, both from Illinois State University.

“Ms. Lund has shown an admirable commitment to teaching blind students the Braille code,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, “as well as to ensuring that they have the independent travel and living skills they will need to live the lives they want from an early age. Parents of blind students throughout her home state testify not only to her excellence as a teacher, but to her warmth, friendliness, and lifelong commitment to her students. We are delighted to present her with our highest honor for educators of blind students.”

The Distinguished Educator award carries with it a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the National Federation of the Blind National Convention in Orlando. While at the convention, which took place July 10-15, Ms. Lund addressed hundreds of parents of blind students and networked with other blind individuals and teachers of blind students.