Continuing the Work

December 19, 2010 in 1920s-30s, Social history

As I have posted before, I come from a loving family comprised of successful individuals. Newspaper clipping of Tad Chapman and Sophia Alcorn I am proud of my mother and father as they have led a hardworking and fulfilling life. My father served in the Air Force while my mother took care of my older brothers, Sean and Nick, and myself back home in Omaha, Nebraska. I also have the pleasure of having the sweetest sister-in-law, Jennifer. My mother eventually began her teaching career and taught for over ten years in the elementary level. Jennifer graduated from the University of Kentucky and now teaches disabled students in Charlotte, North Carolina. Being surrounded by two incredible teachers, I have had the opportunity to gain a new respect towards a career in education.

Born in 1883, Sophia Alcorn, pledged a life to teach disabled children in Kentucky. A native from Stanford, Kentucky, she was “a foremost educator of the disabled, Sophia developed the Tad-Oma Method to teach deaf and blind children to speak through the sense of touch.” The innovation of the Tad-Oma Method has made an impact on all students, teachers, and families affected by disability. The Tad-Oma Method works by the student placing his or her hand on the teachers face and matching the vibrations with words. “This method enables a child to learn to speak clearly by copying the teacher’s vibration pattern,” which is a helpful tool to last in the world of today.

A toast and special thanks to all teachers and professors who challenge students in order to better themselves and others around them!
Resource: “Famous Kentucky Women,” Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, last revised, May 1997,

2 responses to Continuing the Work

  1. It was fun researching Alcorn – the little blurb in the Fayette County Homemakers’ pamphlet didn’t seem to do her justice, so I found more on her and put her bio in Wikipedia. Thanks for the tip! Check out the entry at

  2. read your post on Sophia Alcorn and her development of the Tad-Oma Method of teaching.I have a nephew with a disablitiy and several of my wifes relatives were born daef.I completely agree that a special thanks should go out those teachers and professors who challenge students.I was challenged by a professor to tackle my tech fears.I am 39 years old and have never posted or commented on anything on the web being technologiclly challenged.I wont mention names but thanks.The post on Alcorn was one very close to me.thanks for the challenge Mr.W.GO PACKERS!

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