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Amy Ruell

I am the current president of the National Federation of the Blind and a national bopard member. I am a product of a public school education and obtained my Bachelor of Arts and my Master of Science degrees from Smith College and Simmons College School of Social Work respectively.

I have worked as a psychiatric clinician and supervisor specializing in trauma treatment for many years and currently authorize psychiatric emergency admission for several companies. I also and the director of low vision adjustment for the Massachusetts Association For the Blind and Visually Impaired. In addition, I worked for Baum USA, a company that produced and sold braille displays and screen magnification products. I also am an access technology trainer and consultant and have my certification from the Access Technology Institute.

I have been active in advocacy efforts to benefit the blind for many years. I am the immediate past president of VIBUG, the oldest group of blind computer users in the country. I currently serve on the Braille Literacy Advisory Council for Massachusetts, am a member of the advisory board for the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, and serve on the Attorney General's task force on disability. I worked for 7 years as the program manager for a literacy program at National Braille Press. I have also served on the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Council, the board of directors for People Making a Difference, and the WGBH advisory board in the past. I also work as a beta tester for several products and have participated in multiple efforts to improve the accessibility of multiple websites and products.

I am married to a wonderful and supportive husband and am the proud mother of two grown children. My hobbies include reading, spectator sports, attending live theater productions, music, and travel.

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