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2013 Annual Meeting

2012 Annual Meeting
New Board Members elected, budget approved, and changes to Constitution and Bylaws approved.
President Eileen Akers recognized with Ambassador of Sight Award.

Newsmaker of the day: Norwich woman reappointed to state blind education and services board

Norwich Bulletin

Posted Apr 19, 2009 @ 11:08 PM

Last update Apr 19, 2009 @ 11:09 PM

In the news: Eileen Akers of Norwich has been reappointed to the state Board of Education and Services for the Blind by Gov. M. Jodi Rell for a term that expires Jan. 4, 2013.

Background: Akers was born in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School. She taught reading and language arts full time in Norwich public schools for 35 years, beginning at Kelly Middle School. She teaches part time now, working with visually impaired students in Norwich and Bozrah.

Activities: She is president of the state Braille Association, a member of the Ledyard Lions Club and a trustee of Norwich’s Otis Library. She has been married to Geoffrey Akers, a physicist, for 34 years. Fiona, a 5-year-old Belgian shepherd, is her guide dog.

Involvement with the state board: Being the first Braille-reading teacher in the Connecticut public school system, Akers was first appointed to the education and blind services board in the early 1970s by Gov. Thomas Meskill. She left the board for a time, but returned in the 1990s. The board has become a policy-making organ, which Akers said she has “mixed feelings” about. A new policy enables people to own equipment obtained through the board, but issues relating to maintenance and repair of the equipment, sometimes expensive, still need to be worked out, Akers said.

A busy life: Blind most of her life, Akers doesn’t let her disability stop her from enjoying a full life. She is an avid reader, enjoys cooking, and sings in the choir at Christ Episcopal Church in Norwich.

Quotable: “Everybody has talents. Why not use them? It’s like having a car. Just because one part doesn’t work, does that mean you let it sit there and rust?”

More to come.