Madesker, Michael
May 2006
Canadian Philatelist;2006, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p176
This article presents a historical background on the Ontario Institution for the Education of the Blind, as of May 2006. The Ontario Institute for the Blind opened its doors in Branford in March of 1872. Its first principal was E. Stone Wiggins, January 2, 1872. Its name was changed to Ontario School for the Blind in 1913 with H. F. Gardiner as principal and to the W. Ross MacDonald School with George C. Whetstone at its helm in 1974. The school came into being 26 years after Egerton Ryerson, the firs chief superintendent of education in Upper Canada, recommended to the Legislature the passing of the Common School Act in 1846 which, once enacted, entitled every child, including the deaf and blind, to a free education.


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