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After Graduation


THOSE graduates whose trained minds, and hands and capabilities fit them for manual and mechanical pursuits will take their places in industry. The blind workers are at their best in the photographic darkroom where hands must work without light, in the operation of semi-automatic machinery demanding above all else, a highly developed manual dexterity and sensitivity, on assembly lines where fingers are more adept than eyes in the detecting of imperfections, grading and separating of industrial parts and in a host of other industrial operations in the mastery of which, according to the blind themselves, "Sight is a distraction rather than a service."

Student working a drill press while watched by instructor. Caption: Instruction in drill press operation               Female student working at the switchboard. Caption: A blind switchboard operator at work.


Many of the women graduates will put to practical use their under-graduate training as typist and as operators of the Dictaphone and Braille switchboard. Hands skilled in the art weaving-, in the operation of power sewing machines, and in handicraft in general, will provide the means of economic independence for many others. But more than half of the girls who are graduated from the Institute will live normal lives wives and homemakers. The tasks of homemaking and of home management will n t be entirely new to them for the Institute's course of training in practical home economics will have prepared them for most of these problems.


Aiding the graduates in charting their course for the future art' the Institute's Diagnostic Clinic, operated to scientifically measure their aptitudes and industrial fitness, and its Vocational Counseling and Placement Service available to both undergraduates and graduates alike.

The Alumni Fund, a part of the program of the Institute's alumni, is a source of financial help through loans and grants to the graduate who needs funds to initiate or expand his business undertaking.

If the Institute has helped these men and women in the attainment of their greatest ambition of all to become self-supporting members of society, it has served its purpose well, not alone to those blind.



Walter K. Earle, President of the Institute's Board of Managers presents Dorothy Wright, 17, Elmont, NY Valedictorian her diploma

Graduation sitting a his work bench. Caption: Felix Mattei, on assembly line at Sperry Gyroscope Company. Woman at her desk with a typewriter wearing headset. Caption: A dictaphone operator at her desk.