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Vision Across Texas (1959)

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Museum

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  •  NARRATOR: Vision is not of the eye alone. Boundaries of the will, horizons of the spirit may lie yet beyond the farthest reaches of the keenest sight. 
  •  Radio/Television, The University of Texas, in cooperation with the Texas Commission for the Blind, presents Vision Across Texas. 
  •  This is a map of Texas. its familiar outlines clean-edged, clearly defined. the names of its town printed sharp and plain. This is a picture of Texas to be traced easily with your eyes if your sight is normal. But if you are blind—and more than 20,000 Texans are blind—you cannot see this map or you cannot see it well. What is your picture of Texas then? Is it endless square miles of darkness, dependence, and self-doubt, or is it in lightning stretches of opportunity where those without sight can say with sure conviction there is light enough for what I’ve got to do.  
  •  This man cannot see the map of Texas at all, but he’s on his way to work. Time is not James Wilson’s enemy taunting him with idleness, it lies ahead in productive hours full of the skilled operations that make up his job every day. 
  •  Jimmy’s able hands perform the exacting tasks of a core maker here at the Smith Steel Casting Company of Marshall, Texas. His sensitive fingers are alive to the differing special sands which castors use to the varied shapes and sizes of steel core modes. There are real satisfactions for James Wilson in this job—real satisfactions, too, for his employers who have proof that a blind artisan in steel casting can be one of the best. 
  •  Four hundred miles Southwest now into another town and into The Citizen’s Memorial Hospital where vocational vision has found another field of opportunity for a sightless worker trained to his job. Against the mountainous, endless laundry demands of a modern hospital, Kenneth Bianchi matches efficiency and speed unloading the washers, loading the extractors.  
  •  Where rigid standards of hygiene and a rigorous work schedule put a premium on the sure and the swift, this 20-year-old employee works with practiced dispatch. 
  •  Hospital sheets by the thousands must be cool and crisp and smooth. With the certain ease of almost two years’ experience, Kenneth feeds them into the big iron Mango when to fumble would be folly. “A good man and fast as anyone in the shop,” that’s the way the laundry manager sees this valued employee who himself cannot see. 
  •  Vast as the lone star expands itself is the progress made by the Texas Commission for the Blind in rehabilitation of blind Texans during the last ten years. And in the expanding horizons of that progress, the skylines of cities loom large. Dallas, for one, where white-collar jobs reward personal aptitudes reinforced by training facilities. Fingers flying, Nanette Tyson sails into her eighth year as expert dictaphone typist for the State Department of Public Welfare, Dallas office. off with the old belt and on with the new. Enviable efficiency in this graduate of the State Commission’s Special Training Program which has placed fleet and proficient transcription typists in offices throughout the state. Accomplished, well-liked, independent—Nanette continues to set a pace her sighted co-workers find it hard to match. 
  •  Look to the top of Texas now to the Denison Plant of the Johns-Manville Company, then look to the top job in that plant’s cafeteria where Jim Rice proves that seeing is not essential to overseeing. For eleven hours a day, the cafeteria is host to all employees, directing its complicated hospitality from menus to money, from coffee urn to kitchen, is this capable, popular general manager.  
  •  The work is new to him but in all its aspects, rinsing cups behind the scenes or satisfying customers out front, Jim Rice appears without a doubt to have his top job well in hand. 
  •  As industry extends the dimensions of Fort Worth’s familiar profile. It extends also the dimensions of opportunity for the blind. Here at the A. Brandt Furniture Manufacturing Company, machines play their essential part, but for the careful craftsmanship of Arthur Corbitt, there is still imperative need. While quantities pressures are met by lacquer spray and conveyor belt, quality standards are still in the keeping of hands like Arthur’s, whose touch is schooled to the perfections of grain and texture.  
  •  Long-range vision can show us this sign 300 miles away, and it can reveal contributions to enriched community leaving by those who cannot see. Guided through the world of music by a teacher whose dog must guide her through the world of sight, this boy and the rest of Martha Sanders’ 50 pupils find these contributions near at hand. For five years at the Silverton High School, at her home in Floydada, or in nearby Lockney, this self-employed teacher has followed her guide dog, Rusty, and inspiration and instruction have followed her. Color, tone, and harmony come to Martha through her ears and finger tips. She passes them on in piano, violin, accordion, voice from a zest for teaching which knows no limitations. 
  •  Clear across the State of Texas now, a far-sighted training program leads us to another field of service in another place—to Houston and the manufacturer of sheet metal products. Here at one of the machines which he operates for the Snelling Manufacturing Company, Henry Carol feeds four sheets of 28-gauge metal into the ten-foot sheet metal sheer. Sheering steel, notching steel, rolling steel—Henry is a man who knows his job, assured effective performance by a valuable and valued employee.  
  •  Look away now to the Ada Petroleum Center in Houston, a far cry in duties if not distance, for Willie Booth, though blind, operates this whole health club—in the comfort and health of its members, the mechanics of time, the mechanics of temperature. In the whole specialized schedule of a full and busy place, no small detail, no particle of dust or dirt escapes Willie’s trained and scrupulous vigilance. Massaging away the fatigues and tensions of the business day, Willie works with a capable dexterity. “One of the best I’ve ever seen,” that’s Willie in the opinion of this member, of all the health club members. 
  •  Making parts for the equipment-hungry oil fields of Texas is no job for the slow and uncertain. Quick and sure is Henry Keiser’s approach to the machines he uses here at the Mission Manufacturing Company in Houston. Operating a Horizontal Milling Machine, Henry is milling slip cogs. Gumption, not guess work, that’s what it takes when bice and harmer must be guided by trained touch alone. Setting up his machines or checking them for efficient performance, he uses special micrometers and other tools which he can read with his fingers—fast and skillful on his job, Henry in his work mirrors none of the limitations that beset his sight. 
  •  In this Austin Hospital, James Duncan moves with accomplished ease through the specialized tasks of an x-ray dark room technician. From the pass box in the wall, James receives the exposed x-ray plates to be developed. Quicker than you can say vocational rehabilitation, James has each plate smooth and snug in its hanger. Bath time now and the plates in their hangers are carried to their developing tanks, a familiar route to this experienced technician after more than seven years of expert service.  
  •  Time is an essential factor in developing sensitive film, and time passes through this man’s fingers in carefully measured segments. It’s hours and minutes marked in raised characters on his special clock. Inside the Hospital dark room—thanks special training in an Institute of Radiology—and outside—thanks to his seeing eye Boxer, Helene—James Duncan, x-ray dark room technician knows his way around. 
  •  Eighty miles Southwest now in San Antonio, a corner rounding machine at the Universal Book Bindery, and putting that machine through its paces, Richard Bell, blind and deaf, who uses the abilities he has for efficient performance. It is perceptive placement like this, concentrating on the aptitudes left rather than those lost which has put Texas second in the nation in the number of blind workers rehabilitated. Richard underscores the soundness of the Commission’s vocational philosophy—Richard’s skills reach over into another specialized process, the operation of a giant hole punch. A work rhythm independent of hearing, a proficiency which scorns the loss of sight and speech; these are Richard Bell’s contributions to the enlightening vocational vision, growing across Texas for our working blind. 
  •  Good, better, best; superlatives that follow our blind workers wherever they go. These salesmanship trophies attest superior achievement in the outstanding, professional carrier of 23-year-old John Turner, the insurance salesman from Massachusetts Mutual. Shown here in his Denton Office, John during his first year on the job, though blind, was one of only four people in the nation to receive the million-dollar roundtable scholarship. Taking careful notes in Braille, deftly typing his own sales reports; these are the mechanics of John Turner’s spectacular sales record.  
  •  Salesmen, teachers, craftsmen, managers, typists, employees in business and industry, all over Texas they are at work. These competent Texans whose scope of service is as broad as the state itself—vocational rehabilitation has helped to put them there. And you’ve seen them with your own eyes—you’ve seen the doors which guidance, training, and placement have opened to Texans who are blind. Now test your vision farther still. Can you see as clearly other doors which can be opened to other sightless Texans as we strengthen and extend our rehabilitation services? Sight to see that blind people are working in Texas now, insight to see that many more can work. These are the elements of enlightened vocational vision, together they can mean all across Texas hope and self-reliance for Texans who cannot see. 
  •  Vision Across Texas was prepared and presented by Radio/ Television, The University of Texas. 
  •  Produced by the Texas State Commission for the Blind. For further information, write State Commission for the Blind, Austin 14, Texas.  
  •   Transcribed by Adept Word Management™, Inc.  
  •  James Wilson works as a core maker at the Smith Steel Casting Company in Marshall 
  •  Kenneth Bianchi works in the laundry room at the Citizen’s Memorial Hospital in Victoria 
  •  Nanette Tyson works as a Dictaphone typist for the State department of Public Welfare in Dallas 
  •  Jim Rice works in the Denison Plant cafeteria of the Johns-Manville Company in Denison 
  •  Arthur Corbitt works as a craftsman for the A. Brandt Furniture Manufacturing Company in Fort Worth 
  •  Martha Sanders teaches piano lessons at Silverton High School in Silverton, Briscoe County and at her home in Floydada 
  •  Henry Carol makes sheet metal for the Snelling Manufacturing Company in Houston 
  •  Willie Booth operates the health club at the ADA Petroleum Center 
  •  Henry Keiser operates a horizontal milling machine at the Mission Manufacturing Company 
  •  James Duncan works as an X-ray darkroom technician at a hospital in Austin 
  •  Richard Bell binds books at the Universal Bookbindery in San Antonio 
  •  John M. Turner works as an insurance salesman for Massachusetts Mutual in Denton 
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Produced in 1959 by the Radio and Television Department at the University of Texas at Austin, this educational film describes the importance of vocational rehabilitation for people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the state. The film follows individual workers in cities, such as Marshall, Houston, Dallas, and Austin, and describes the different jobs held by persons with visual handicaps. The jobs range from craftsman to teacher to salesman. The Texas Commission for the Blind, a vocational rehabilitation agency from 1932 to 2003, funded the project. Many members of the crew were notable public broadcasting figures in Austin. Director Harvey Herbst helped develop the College of Communications at the University of Texas in Austin and worked as Director of the Communication Center and General Manager of KLRU-TV and KUT-FM. Cinematographer Hal Stegman worked for the Petroleum Service Extension Service at UT Austin and the Texas Highway Department, making educational training films. Executive Producer Robert Schenkkan also helped found the College of Communications at UT Austin and served as General Manager of KLRU-TV and KUT-FM. Transcribed by Adept Word Management™, Inc.
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