Great Communicators Award

Subject: Great Communicators Award
From: Joyce Flaherty <flahertj -at- SMTPGW -dot- LIEBERT -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 5 May 1996 09:34:35 EST

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This is a CompuServe press release.

joyce flaherty
flahertj -at- liebert -dot- com

General Colin Powell Gives Keynote Address

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29 -- She is both blind and deaf, yet she is one
of the most eloquent communicators in the online world. CompuServe
Forum Administrator Georgia Griffith uses technology to overcome her
disabilities and help others find their way in cyberspace. For her
work, Griffith will receive the 96 Great Communicators Award from the
Columbus Speech and Hearing Center at a luncheon featuring a keynote
address by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
Griffith began using CompuServe in the early 1980s and soon
recognized a need for a special online area targeted to handicapped
members. She became a Forum administrator in February, 1983, and
today administers not only the Handicapped Users Database and IBM
Special Needs Forum, but the Issues, Religion, Religious Issues,
Christian Fellowship, White House and Political Debate Forums as well.
CompuServe Forum(R) areas serve as online gathering places for users
who share common interests.
We join Columbus Speech and Hearing Center in congratulating
Griffith on receiving the Great Communicators Award. She is a
remarkable woman of courage and determination, said Bob Massey,
CompuServe s president and chief executive officer. She embodies the
true spirit of the online community, where intelligence, strength of
character, wit and compassion are the true measure of a person.
Blind from birth, Georgia Griffith was the first blind person
to attend Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated cum
laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1954 with a B.A. in music education, and
worked as a music instructor until 1970, when hearing loss halted her
career. Forced to seek other employment, Griffith launched a new
career as a Braille music proofreader for the Library of Congress.
With literary and music certifications, she became the only Class A
certified Braille music proofreader. In 1981, through the assistance
of music Braillists from around the country, Griffith received a
VersaBraille -- a tool that converts text into Braille -- which
launched her online association with CompuServe. Several equipment
upgrades later, Griffith is currently using TeleSensory s PowerBraille
40 screen reader which gives her virtually unlimited access to all of
CompuServe s 3000 databases plus the Internet.
General Powell is the keynote speaker at the awards luncheon
benefits the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, a nonprofit
organization that provides help to those in need of speech, language,
audiological, vocational and rehabilitation services.

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