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Memphis Resident Nominated for the Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award

Stephanie Jones has been named the Clovernook Center employee of the year, and is a nominee for the NIB (National Industries for the Blind) Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award. Established by the NIB Board of Directors in 1996 this award honors Milton J. Samuelson, former NIB board member, and past executive director of The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. Salmon was a leader in the blindness field and an advocate for upward mobility and placement programs benefiting people who are blind. The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates career advancement at an NIB associated agency or in the private sector. “For me the nomination is a little overwhelming. I don’t think what I do is any more than what anyone else does, so it was a shock, a surprise, a joy. And to me it gives me big shoes to fill,” says Stephanie Jones, a Braille Instructor in the Memphis division of Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually impaired. Although Stephanie began learning braille as an adult, she was the star student of Clovernook’s previous braille instructor, and is now lauded by students for her skill, patience, and dedication. Stephanie is a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes.She also participates in the Leadership Institute of Partners in Policy Making with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, and is a frequent advocate on issues of blindness before state government and legislative bodies in Nashville. Jones was recognized for her achievements during the 2014 NIB National Conference held October 6-9 in Arlington V.A.

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