Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

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Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

As Autism Awareness Month gets under way, it is an apt time to honor Louise Whitbeck Fraser, a pioneer in special education whose heart for children led to new initiatives and opportunities for individuals with special needs.

In the winter of 1985, Tom Balcom recounted the story of Louise Fraser in a Hennepin County Historical Society publication. When independent film producer Tim Moodie learned of the story recently he approached Fraser, the organization named for her in 2001, about developing it into a film. Once funding is secured, Twin Cities Public Television will collaborate with Moodie to develop a feature film highlighting Louise Fraser’s work with individuals with disabilities and its lasting impact on a local and national level.

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