Marc Maurer is the Immediate Past President of the National Federation of the Blind. Born in 1951, his blindness was caused by overexposure to oxygen after his premature birth. In the summer of 1969, after graduating from high school, Maurer enrolled as a student at the Orientation and Adjustment Center of the Iowa Commission for the Blind and attended his first convention of the NFB. Maurer graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1974. He then enrolled at the University of Indiana School of Law, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1977. In 1981 he went into private practice in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in civil litigation and property matters, but increasingly he concentrated on representing blind individuals and groups in the courts. He has now become one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in the country regarding the laws, precedents, and administrative rulings concerning civil rights and discrimination against the blind. Marc and his wife, Patricia, also blind, have raised two grown children, David and Dianna.
A knowledge of the meaning of blindness is not automatic; it must be learned–or, in many cases, unlearned. When childhood fears are added to the mix, the combination can lead to frustration and anxiety. With over thirty stories to learn from, The National Federation of the Blind’s Kernel Book Series, gets to the heart of […]