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John Crews Selected Corinne Kirchner Research Award Recipient

NEW YORK (March 4, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced that John E. Crews, D.P.A., will receive the esteemed the 2015 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.

Dr. Crews is a health scientist with the Vision Health Initiative in the Division of Diabetes Translation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. His specialties are vision impairment and aging, caregiving and disability, and his research interests include health disparities among people with disabilities and aging with a disability. Dr. Crews has almost 40 years of experience in vision rehabilitation, disability and vision research, having worked for the Michigan Commission for the Blind and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Rehabilitation Research and Development Center on Aging in Atlanta, among others.  He joined the CDC in 1998.

Dr. Crews is the author or co-author of over 100 publications and two books: Vision Loss in an Aging Society, published by AFB Press and The Multiple Dimensions of Caregiving and Disability. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, and the Board of the College of Health Sciences at Salus University. He is also chair of the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Crews has received Outstanding Alumni Awards from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University, where he received his doctorate. Most recently, Dr. Crews and his colleagues were nominated for the 63rd Annual CDC Honor Award “Excellence in Surveillance and Health Monitoring—Domestic.”

"We are so pleased to recognize Dr. Crews and his accomplishments. He has dedicated his professional career to ensuring adults with vision loss have the care and rehabilitation services needed to lead healthy, independent lives." said Carl R. Augusto, president and CEO of AFB.

The Corinne Kirchner Research Award, named for Dr. Corinne Kirchner, a national leader of demographic, evaluation and other research in the blindness field during her tenure at AFB, will be presented on April 11, 2015, at the AFB Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.


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.


Amanda Kolling, AFB

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