What is it about?
The first blind rehabilitation center for veterans and adults in the United States was created during World War 1 on an estate near Baltimore, Maryland that was known as Evergreen. We describe the events leading up to the founding of the center by the United States Army and the rehabilitation program that evolved to me the vocational rehabilitation needs of blind veterans. We also discuss the unique aspects of this program and its place in the history of blind rehabilitation services.
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Why is it important?
The history of any field is inherently important. Evergreen was unique in that it provided vocational rehabilitation to blind adults and pioneered many developments that are now common place including scientific studies of vocational rehabilitation, family training programs, and others. Understanding the forces that shaped this program and its development offer insights that help us understand the professions involved in blind rehabilitation and may offer insights relevant to the evolving needs of this field.
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This page is a summary of: Evergreen: The First U.S. Veterans’ Blind Rehabilitation Center, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, April 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0145482x19845706.
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