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Photo courtesy of American Foundation for the Blind

Child in a Strange Country' Opens at CF Webber Gallery

Sept. 10, 2013

The College of Central Florida will open the exhibit “Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired” Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Webber Center Gallery, CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

The exhibit uses Helen Keller’s educational path as a lens through which it chronicles the history of education for the blind or visually impaired. The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Ky.

“CF remains very interested in finding ways to make art accessible to everyone who may walk through the gallery doors,” said Dr. Jennifer Fryns, associate dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences. “In our search for innovative ways to create access to art, we discovered this exhibit.

“The faculty here appreciated that the exhibit looks at how access to education really began for those who are blind or live with a visual impairment. What I love most is the interactive elements of the exhibits found in ‘touch tables’ which feature braille, talking maps and other teaching tools,” said Fryns.

The CF Teacher Education program participated in planning the exhibit and will sponsor a condensed, staged reading of “The Miracle Worker” during the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4-6 p.m. in the Webber Center.

“This exhibit brings a new level to our discussion of diversity,” said Dr. Heidi Maier, program manager and associate professor, Teacher Education. “This presents a unique opportunity for the learner to experience the unknown and to make life connections which benefit us all.”

There is no fee to visit the exhibit or the opening reception. The exhibit continues through Nov. 1. Please note the new gallery hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 352-873-5809.

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