Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

Interview with Gary Mudd

Date of Interview: 

Thu, 05/24/2007

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American Printing House for the Blind, Employees, Public relations, Government relations

Call Number: 

2006.13.29

Gary Mudd, Vice President of Public Affairs, talks about his career at the American Printing House for the Blind, which began in 1986 in the Marketing Department. He later worked in Customer Relations and traveled throughout the country providing product training to teachers for the PocketBraille. In 1992, he became the director of Public Affairs and, in 2000, was promoted to the newly created position of Vice President of Public Affairs, overseeing both government and public relations efforts, as well as the APH Museum. He talks about the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind; explains Federal Quota funding; describes how APH keeps members of Congress informed about its products and services and the educational needs of blind and visually impaired students; and discusses the prison braille transcription program established through APH in 2000 at the Pewee Valley Women's Correctional Institution in Kentucky. Mudd, who lost his sight at the age of twelve, also talks about some of the educational aids that he used as a student.

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