George Abbott joined AFB in 2012 as the director of the eLearning Center, and later, as director of AFB Press and professional development. In this role he oversaw the development of textbooks used in over 40 university programs to prepare personnel to work with blind children and adults, as well as the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, the lead peer-reviewed journal on blindness and low vision. In 2017 George was promoted to Chief Knowledge Advancement Officer, responsible for developing and implementing employment initiatives to improve job opportunities and career advancement for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as coordinating the annual AFB Leadership Conference.
Prior to joining AFB, George was a program and management specialist for the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, helping to ensure eLearning and other electronic content disseminated throughout the VA met Section 508 accessibility requirements. He also taught distance education courses for the Hadley School for the Blind.
George was a staff member at Hadley for over a decade, as an access technology specialist supporting blind staff, while also teaching courses on technology. In 2001 George became the dean of educational programs and instruction, overseeing the school’s 34 faculty members and more than 10,000 students. George remained at Hadley through 2011, eventually becoming vice president of development and communications and vice president of education.
George was born blind due to under-developed optic nerves. He holds a bachelor’s in finance with a minor in economics, and a master’s in education in rehabilitation teaching of blind adults, from Northern Illinois University. He also earned a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Expertise: Education, Employment (professional development)
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