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In Memory of Dr. Phil Hatlen

Dr. Phil HatlenDr. Phil Hatlen earned his Bachelor's degree in elementary education and a Master's degree in special education from San Francisco State College before being awarded a Doctorate in Education from University of California, Berkeley. He served as the Superintendent of Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired from 1990 to 2007.

While Superintendent, he realized the need to enhance the opportunity for Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility specialists to provide Expanded Core Curriculum activities to their local district students. To fill that gap, he created All Blind Children of Texas, a nonprofit that funds these activities by teacher request. He continued to serve on the board of ABCTX until his death.

Considered a visionary of change, Dr. Hatlen was an inspiration to countless professionals during his career as a teacher, university professor in teacher preparation programs, and in his many leadership roles in national and state organizations and committees. From the very first moment Phil Hatlen ventured into a classroom of blind kids, his curiosity about how they learned generated a lifetime of dedicated interest and fascination, leading to changes in the way the world educates blind children.

His hand in the creation of the Expanded Core Curriculum and the development of a National Agenda to provide guidelines on teaching beyond the basics has been a lifetime achievement and formed Phil’s fifty-plus year career as a world leader and game-changer in his profession. 

His broad, sweeping changes at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be remembered in our school's history as one of its greatest chapters. Changes from expanding our Orientation and Mobility resources to expanding our Outreach department so that curriculum going far beyond the 'normal' curriculum in classrooms is made available across the globe.

Donations may be made in memory of Phil to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired or All Blind Children of Texas, 1100 W. 45th St, Austin, TX 78756.

This page is dedicated to the work of Dr. Phil Hatlen. May he rest in peace.

Obituary for Dr. Phil Hatlen - A service to celebrate Phil's life will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr., Austin on February 6th, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Donations may be made in memory of Phil to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired or All Blind Children of Texas, 1100 W. 45th St, Austin, TX 78756.

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