The blind and visually impaired advocates have prevailed in this field, trying to make the world accessible to everyone, including blind and deaf-blind students. The goal of many educators throughout our history has been to make sure that students have every opportunity to succeed in life. In the display in the museum, we have heroes in the form of group staff photos, photos of previous beloved administrators and the likes of Natalie Barraga.
Phil Hatlen, probably the most prominent of TSBVI's administrators, was a leader in getting national attention for curriculum designed to aid the blind and visually impaired to succeed.
Below are others that have had a remarkable impact in the field.
- A sample of Dr. Hatlen's articles
- His life and notoriety (written by Kay Ferrell)
- His book: THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE EQUAL, THE RIGHT TO BE DIFFERENT
- The museum exhibit (Includes Phil's famous Birkenstocks)
- Her life and career (on APH's newsletter site, upon her induction into the hall of fame, 2002)
- Her book and bio: IF ANYONE CAN, YOU CAN
- Her importance in the field of vision and how she affected residential schools for the blind and 'sight-saving' institutes.
- 1954 letter from WE Allen notifying Natalie that she will be teaching Homemaking at TSB.
- 1954 letter from W.E. Allen (superintendent) welcoming Natalie Barraga - with a pay increase.
- 1969 letter from John P Best (superintendent) recommending a 'traineeship' for a potential teacher to Natalie when she was Director of Special Education at UT Austin.