The Alabama School for the Blind was largely the dream of Reuben Rogers Asbury, brother-in-law of AIDB’s founder, Dr. Joseph Henry Johnson.
When Reuben R. Asbury left his work and his home to fight in the Civil War, he never dreamed what would follow. He was injured, imprisoned, and kept in a dark, and isolated cell for months. He emerged visually impaired, and keenly aware of the suffering caused by a loss of light and vision. When he returned to his work at the Alabama School for the Deaf, he was determined to establish a school for people who were blind and visually impaired.
Alabama School for the Blind (ASB) opened in 1867 with six students. Today, ASB serves K-12 students and stands as a fully accredited residential and day school which follows the Alabama Course of Study and requires graduates to complete the Alabama High School Graduation Examination, considered by many to be the most rigorous high school exit exam in America. ASB graduates, due in part to the emphasis on academics, are well rounded, independent, and confident.