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American Foundation for the Blind Names 2012 Corinne Kirchner Research Award Recipient

New York (April 26, 2012)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced that Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D. has received the esteemed the 2012 Corinne Kirchner Research Award, which honors individuals whose leadership and dedication illuminate the most pressing needs of people with vision loss through timely, innovative, and authoritative research.

An outstanding and internationally recognized researcher, educator, author, and expert on low vision and orientation and mobility, Dr. Geruschat has conducted groundbreaking studies on eye tracking during street crossings and the emerging area of prosthetic vision. He has written extensively on these topics and his work has appeared in many of the field's top journals. As editor-in-chief of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) since 2005, Dr. Geruschat's length of tenure and his support of the journal are unsurpassed. During his time as editor, Dr. Geruschat has overseen publication of manuscripts of the highest quality and strengthened JVIB as a world-class journal of international repute. His exceptional efforts to grow the research literature and his own investigations have illuminated the most critical needs of people with vision loss for service providers everywhere.

"AFB is honored to recognize Dr. Geruschat for his vast contributions to the field of blindness and low vision," said Carl R. Augusto, president and CEO of AFB. "We are very proud of his accomplishments and the strides he has taken in paving the way for people with vision loss to live more independent lives."

The Corinne Kirchner Research Award will be presented on May 4, 2012 at the AFB Leadership Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL.

About the Corinne Kirchner Award

Corinne Kirchner was the national leader of demographic, evaluation, and other research in the blindness field during her tenure at AFB. Her work addressed education, employment, health, "livable communities," computer usage, and the area for which she is perhaps best known: the demographics of vision loss.

Past recipients include Dr. Kay Ferrell, who was recognized for her work toward strengthening the link between sound research and sensible public policy to meet the most critical needs of people who are blind or visually impaired.

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About AFB

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

Contact:

John Mackin
AFB Communications
212-502-7617
jmackin@afb.net

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