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The Ontario School for the Blind

The Ontario School for the Blind

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Ontario School for the Blind

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Ontario School for the Blind

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2010

The Ontario School for the Blind

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Brantford
At MacDonald School For The Blind
at St Paul Avenue and Brant Avenue


Coordinates: N 43 08.912 W 80 16.805

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Plaque Text

In 1869, on the recommendation of the Rev. Egerton Ryerson, Superintendent of Education, funds were allocated to establish the first provincial school for blind children. The Ontario Institution for the Education of the Blind, which included the nearby gate-keepers lodge, opened on May 1, 1872, with eleven students. Under its first Principal, Dr. E. S. Wiggins, the residential institution combined elementary school subjects with manual and vocational training, and soon gained recognition for its contribution to the theory and practice of education the blind. By 1881 enrolment had risen to 201. Renamed the Ontario School for the Blind in 1913, it later introduced secondary school courses and in 1974 became The W. Ross Macdonald School in honour of Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Albert Baker 1893-1968

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