Article Type: Obituary
Subject: Educators (Biography)
Pub Date: 02/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Foundation for the Blind ISSN: 0145-482X
Issue: Date: Feb, 2011 Source Volume: 105 Source Issue: 2
Persons: Biographee: Viet, Le Dan Bach
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States; Vietnam Geographic Code: 1USA United States; 9VIET Vietnam
Accession Number: 249684296
Full Text: Salus University alumnus Le Dan Bach Viet died January 2, 2011. Despite the challenges of being visually impaired and adjusting to a second language, Mr. Viet arrived in Philadelphia to pursue a master's degree in orientation and mobility (O&M) in 2004 as part of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program. He returned to Vietnam as the only U.S. credentialed O&M specialist in the country and began a busy career. He taught O&M at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind in Ho Chi Minh City, wrote articles for newspapers and magazines, appeared on television, attended conferences, and began to make inroads in personnel preparation by working with the Ho Chi Minh City Teacher Training University to develop an O&M course. In April 2010, Mr. Viet coordinated a meeting of 36 representatives of Vietnamese schools for blind students, universities, and students with visual impairments. When he became ill, he was developing a countrywide network for O&M training among teachers and students with visual impairments, and he did not let cancer stop his work. What turned out to be his final O&M workshop was held just before his death. "To the final week, Viet was still teaching ...," said Minh Kaufmann, director of the Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam, which administers the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, "He fought to the end to give others what he knew." For more information, contact: Salus University, 8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027; phone: 215-780-1300; web site: .
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