HHS alumna Dede Ackerman honored
June 19, 2001
CINCINNATI -- Denise "Dede" Ackerman, a 1994 alumna of the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services, received the first Dixie Harmon Memorial Award for her "tireless efforts to improve conditions of accessibility for individuals who are blind, visually impaired or have multiple disabilities."
Ackerman is an orientation and mobility teacher and low vision specialist at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind. The award was presented at a dinner sponsored by the Center for Independent Living Options, and is given in memory of Dixie Harmon, an advocate for accessibility in the Cincinnati area.
Ginny Backscheider, program services director at CAB, said, "We are proud of Dede and her work and her commitment to accessibility for all persons who are disabled."
In her acceptance speech, Ackerman said, "Accessibility
is more than the wheelchair lifts, the construction of ramps
and curb cuts.to allow equal and independent access to today's
changing world. Access requires changing perspective to understand
and appreciate the need for change."
Established in 1911, CAB is a private, not-for-profit organization offering counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people who are blind, visually impaired or print impaired in the Greater Cincinnati area.