To the Editor:
Further comments on Bruce Blasch's guest editorial, Low Vision and Blindness, J Rehab Res Dev 36(4), October 1999.
In April, Dr. Robert W. Mann shared with me the guest article written by Dr. Blasch in the October 1999 issue—and he shared his comments. It has taken me these many months to take the time to add my own comments to those of Dr. Mann, who speaks with greater authority as past president of the Carroll Center and founder of MIT's Sensory Aids Evaluation and Development Center.
The October 1999 report was certainly well intentioned in wanting to highlight the important role the VA has played in the development of training and devices for an independent life and the methodology to achieve this.
I concur that the funding the VA provides for research has been instrumental in bringing prototypes to market on many levels. However, one should not neglect the important role of other key pioneers in the field.
Surely Carroll, Hoover, and the MIT played a significant role during the early days of development that should not be overlooked. I hope that you agree, and that mention will be made in future issues.
Rachel E. Rosenbaum
The Carroll Center
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