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Peter J. Salmon

1917

Peter J. SalmonEducated at Perkins School for the Blind as a partially sighted student, Peter J. Salmon later earned a graduate degree focused on teaching people who are blind and deaf. In 1917, he took a position with the Industrial Home for the Blind in Brooklyn, New York, and was appointed Executive Director in 1945. There, Salmon established the first vocational placement service for people who are blind as well as a program to put children who are blind into classes with sighted children. He played a key role in promoting the Wagner-O'Day legislation that paved the way for the formation of National Industries for the Blind (NIB).