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Oral History Interview: Adrienne Asch

Identifier: 05-C2012.7

Scope and Contents

1 audio recording, 1:58:48 in length. An interview log with time stamps has been created, but the recording has not been transcribed. 0:00    Disclaimer / Introductory Statements 1:56    Upbringing / Family 6:22    Adrienne’s Blindness 7:29    Early Schooling 10:30    Did your parents attempt to learn Braille? 11:03    Break: Microphone Readjusting 11:48    Parents & Braille, contd. 13:18    Relationship with your parents 14:38    Identity Politics 17:33    Education Up Through College 19:50    Not seeing blindness as a hindrance 20:50    Small Liberal Arts College 21:30    College gave me the environment I always wanted 23:00    Debbie and I 24:43    Independent Mindset / Family 26:48    SPAC – Antiwar work 28:13    Graduated / Job Hunt / Discrimination 30:00    Working at the ADL 31:00    Mr. Jernigan sets a standard 32:38    Joining the NFB 36:13    Creating an NFB chapter and Planning the first NAC picket 37:52    On thin ice with the NFB 38:45    The NFB is conservative 41:04    The Metropolitan Chapter 41:35    Cross disability work 43:30    Reconciliation with Dr. Jernigan 46:00    What did you learn about Dr. Jernigan? 49:15    Diversity / Dr. Jernigan is Adaptable 52:20    Let’s make a deal – I can’t live that way 55:05    A Machiavelli move 56:36    Social work school 59:55    Job with the New York state division of human rights 1:01:55    Becoming a therapist 1:04:27    Becoming a Bioethicist, while working for the state, and getting a PhD 1:07:50    Problems in Bioethics 1:08:13    Phone message about  Bioethics meeting 1:10:13    Invitation to a Bioethics think tank / Reasonable people can disagree 1:11:35    Dissertation 1:13:48    Teaching Job at Boston University 1:15:00    Job at Wellesley 1:19:50    Dan Brock 1:25:50    Yeshiva University 1:28:48    Jernigan vs tenBroek / Politics 1:34:28    Who else in the NFB did you feel close to? 1:35:38    Off-topic story by Ed Morman (Explicit Language) 1:36:46    Who else in the NFB did you feel close to? Contd. 1:38:09    What do you think Dr. Maurer has accomplished for the NFB? 1:43:45    If we did a study of Scholarship winners / People leave or give up on dreams. 1:44:33    The NFB hasn’t figured out how to legitimize that there are many ways to help blind people. 1:46:09    Why don’t people like me? 1:47:32    Library exhibit of the white cane (Off-topic story by Ed Morman) 1:50:38    Model school for the blind; It’s a dangerous idea 1:56:04    Closing Remarks 1:57:33    Personal Reflections


  • Created: 2012
  • Other: Majority of material found in 2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/26/2012


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The Jacobus tenBroek Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Archives staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Jacobus tenBroek Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

[url=]Dr. Adrienne Asch Dies, Braille Monitor, January 2014[/url]

Note written by Marc Maurer


1.00 items

1 digital audio recording, 112MB other_unmapped

Language of Materials



Oral history interview with Adrienne Asch collected by Edward Morman on April 26, 2012, in the Recording Studio at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.

Source of Acquisition

Ed Morman

Method of Acquisition

Collected as part of the NFB Oral History Program.

Other Descriptive Information

Interview Log prepared by Alexander Lester, June 2016.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Anna Kresmer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Jacobus tenBroek Library, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Repository

200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore MD 21230 US
(410) 659-9314