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the project, I learned quite a bit about the more advanced features of Word and Excel and how to execute those tasks using screen access technology. For our efforts, my teammates and I received cash awards. Feeling confident in my accomplishments with the Enterprise Architecture group, I accepted a rotational assignment with the Net-Enabled Command and Capabilities (NECC)


By Bill Reif

Those of us who have been in the Federation for a long time fondly remember Allen and Ruth Schaefer.  Ruth was the affiliate's secretary for a number of years, and Allen was briefly its president in the early 1970's.  He was also an officer in the old Kankakee Chapter and the Quad Cities chapters.  Although he was experiencing some age-related health problems, his death was indeed unexpected.  He takes with him some of the knowledge and appreciation of the affiliate's early history. In addition to Allen's Federation involvement, he was a fine example of how we as blind people have made a place for ourselves in the sighted world, even without some of the helpful accommodations now available. Below is the text of an obituary that appeared in the Moline Dispatch. From the Moline Dispatch, December 23, 2007 “Allen E. Schaefer, 72, of Moline, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

Allen was born Dec. 18, 1935, in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Harry Jacob and Myrtle Balmos Schaefer. He married Ruth Anne Finders Aug. 16, 1957, at Ascension Chapel, Augustana College. She preceded him in death Jan. 23, 2005. Allen was employed as a vocal and instrumental music teacher of grades 5-8 at Mazon-Verona-Kinsman Middle School in Mazon, Illinois. He graduated from Augustana College in 1957 where he majored in music education. He did advanced study at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Allen had served on State Music Committees for the Illinois Elementary School Association and Illinois High School Association since 1972, and his students have won first-place ratings in state competitions. He also served on MVK District Leadership Committee from 1990 to 1994. Allen was a member of the National Association of Blind Educators since 1970 and had served as the national treasurer; the NEA-IEA since 1968, where he served as local president of the MVK Education Association; the Music Educators National Conference since 1957; and the Illinois Music Educators Association since 1957. He was also a member of the Free Methodist Church of Mazon, where he served as trustee, organist and pianist; the National Federation of the Blind, where he served as state president; the Gleaner Life Insurance Society, where he received the outstanding service award; and the National Federation of the Blind, Prairie State Chapter, where he served as president and received the Miller Service Award. He was also nominated for National Blind Educator of the Year in 1990,

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