Natalie Carter Barraga
Natalie Barraga was born in 1915 in Texas.
degrees included a B.A. from the University of North Texas
(1938); M.Ed. From The University of Texas
(1957); and the Ed.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
was married and had one daughter, Karen.
currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Natalie Barraga at the 2002 APH Annual Meeting
Natalie Barraga began her career in education by teaching home economics in the public schools.
While in New York for her
daughter's corrective orthopedic braces, she
taught kindergarten for two and a half years at the New York Institute for the Blind
When she returned to Texas, she took a position as home economics teacher at the Texas School for the Blind.
Beginning in 1963, she
accepted an appointment to the special education faculty at the University of Texas, Austin
In 1984, she retired from the University of Texas, but has remained very active by teaching, researching, and advising at the University; by consulting nationally and internationally; and by advocating for continued improvements inservices for blind children and their parents.
held memberships in a number of organizations and honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi; Alpha Chi; Kappa Delta Pi; Pi Lambda Theta; Delta Kappa Gamma; American Academy of Optometry; Council for Exceptional Children; AER; and the International Council for Education of Visually
Though Natalie Barraga
is probably best known for her
writings on low vision and visual efficiency, her
heart's first love was for blind and visually impaired preschoolers and their parents.
authored with Jane Erin the popular text Visual Handicaps and Learning, (3rd Edition, 1992).
numerous publications include four book chapters, three monographs, and 28 journal articles.
From 1968 to 1972, she served as the editor of the journal: Education of the Visually Handicapped.
Natalie Barraga and Samuel Ashcroft at the 2002 APH Annual Meeting
has received over 20 national and international honors and awards.
Among them are the Natalie Barraga Center for Studies and Research
in Low Vision, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1997; special recognition for 50 years of service for Low Vision around the world, Madrid, Spain, 1996; AFB's Migel Medal for Outstanding Service to Blind Persons, 1994; Distinguished Alumna Award, Peabody College
, 1988; NAPVI's Award for Distinguished Service to Parents and Children, 1986; and AER's Ambrose M. Shotwell Memorial Award for National and International Service to Visually Impaired Persons, 1984.
has been named in a number of Who's Who including Outstanding Educators of America, The International Authors and Writer's Who's Who, Who's Who in American Education, and World's Who's Who of Women.
Photo Captions: 1) Natalie Barraga
at the 2002 APH
Annual Meeting (© APH).
2) Natalie Barraga
and Samuel Ashcroft at the 2002 APH Annual Meeting (© Paul Lewis).
accepts 2008 APH Wings of Freedom Award.
See the acceptance speech video: Windows Media Player format; Quicktime format
Natalie Barraga's Hall of Fame Plaque