Lynne Luxton, CVRT
Lynne Luxton graduated from the Western Michigan University (WMU) Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies in 1978 with a Master's degree as a Rehabilitation Teacher (now called a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, or VRT). After graduation, she began working as an itinerant VRT in Elmira, NY.
Before beginning her career in VRT, she worked as a public health educator in Pennsylvania, and as an "on-the-job trained" rehabilitation teacher in Charlotte, NC.
In the early 1980s, Lynne was hired at WMU as an assistant professor for vision rehabilitation therapy and worked under the guidance of Dr. Ruth Kaarlela. An opportunity arose to work at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) as the National Consultant in VRT and Independent Living. Her sister was living in New York City, so it seemed like a good chance to try living in the "big city."
During her time at AFB, Lynne used federal grant monies and completed her Doctoral degree in Special Education, Blindness and Visual Impairment at Columbia University. Following AFB, she worked at the New York City Independent Living Center.
In 1996, Lynne joined the staff at Helen Keller Services for the Blind, where she is currently employed as an academic instructor and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. She has seen many wonderful advances in these 30+ years, and looks forward to many more.