Guide to the Katherine Schneider Papers, 2000-2022

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Reference Code: USGZE UHC381

Accession Number: 23-006

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 381

Creator: Katherine Schneider (Eau Claire, Wis.)

Title: Katherine Schneider Papers

Dates: 2000-2022

Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (1 archive box); Digital materials: 15 files, 1 folder, 23.4 MB

Location of Collection: B6/3e (Box 1); Digital Asset Preservation Storage: UHC381_Katherine Schneider Papers

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Katherine Schneider is an author and retired university clinical psychologist who has been featured in many books and articles focusing on life with a disability and accessibility issues. Includes books by Schneider (regular print and braille), pamphlets, thank you notes, an informational paper about Schneider, and her personal blog, 2012-2022.

Biographical/Historical Note

Katherine Schneider is an author and retired university clinical psychologist at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Schneider was born one month premature in 1949 with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. This resulted in her being blind from birth. She was the first blind student to graduate from the Kalamazoo, Michigan public school system in 1967 and was a valedictorian as well as a National Merit scholar. Three years later she graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a BS in psychology. After receiving her PhD in clinical psychology from Purdue University, she has worked at four universities: three of them public and one private. She worked at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire from 1990-2004, working her way up from Clinical Administrator to Senior Psychologist. She has taught psychology courses from freshman psychology to the graduate level and has counseled, supervised, and administered university counseling services. Kathie has presented papers at national professional meetings and authored articles and book chapters on such topics as counseling people with disabilities, religion, and visual impairment. She has won awards for her professional work from the Courage Center, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the University of Wisconsin System Regents, among others. She received the Academic Staff in Excellence Award through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, in 1995. 

She continues to meet with and educate a multitude of groups on both a state and national level. This allows Schneider to continue her legacy of education and accessibility information. She has spent her life advocating for those with disabilities and focusing on education as well as increasing accessibility for those who need it most.

As of 2022, an Access to Opportunity Internship Scholarship is available through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Recipients of this internship should have a documented disability or present evidence of a documented disability, must present evidence of being chosen for an internship, and must be in good academic standing and admitted with full standing. Recipients need to write a thank you letter addressed to Katherine Schneider in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Content Description

The materials from this collection are featured in both book form (regular print and braille), as well as papers, thank you notes, article printouts, and a digital copy of Schneider’s personal blog, 2012-2022. Series one ranges from 2000-2022, and consists of the previously mentioned materials. As this collection is small, all materials are featured in one archive box and are chronologically ordered.

Related Collections

  • To the left of inspiration: adventures in living with disabilities, by Katherine Schneider, 2005 (HV1792.S335 A3 2005 – located in archives)
  • Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold, by Katherine Schneider, 2010 (362.4 Sch584y 2010)
  • Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities, and Daily Life, by Katherine Schneider, 2013 (HV1598 .S3 2013)
  • Hope of the Crow: Tales of Occupying aging, by Katherine Schneider, 2020 (HV1598.S3 H67 2020)
  • Hope is the thing: Wisconsinites on perseverance in a pandemic, edited by B.J. Hollars, 2021 (HN.W6 H56 2021; p. 144 “Hope is a Cold Nose” by Katherine Schneider – located in archives)
  • AS137: University Foundation Records

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire by Katherine Schneider in May and September of 2022.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Processing Note: Processed by Jenna Schemenauer in August 2022.

Arrangement: Chronological.

OCLC #: 1380394495


Personal Names: 
Schneider, Katherine, 1949-

Subject Terms:
Blind—Life skills guides
Blind women—United States—Biography
Clinical psychologists—United States—Biography
Disabilities issues
Guide Dogs
People with disabilities—Life skills guides

Geographical Terms:
Eau Claire, Wis.

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: Scholarship

Series one consists of Katherine Schneider’s published books (regular print and braille), book and article printouts written by Schneider, pamphlets, thank you notes from her school visits, and an informational paper on Schneider. A digital copy of Schneider’s personal blog, 2012-2022, and color PDF copies of excerpts in folders 2-15, are located in the Digital Asset Preservation Storage: “UHC381_Katherine Schneider Papers” collection.

Dates: 2000-2022

Extent:  0.4 linear feet (1 archive box)






Pamphlets, thank you notes, informational sheet




Through Their Eyes: Stories of Success of People with Disabilities – Schneider chapter excerpt, p. 187-200




Small Victories: Conversations about Prematurity, Disability, Vision Loss, and Success – Schneider excerpt “Victories-Small and Large,” p. 162-171




Diversity and Visual Impairment: The Influence of Race, Gender, Religion, and Ethnicity on the Individual – Schneider and Sandra Ruconich chapter excerpt, p. 193




Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4 – Schneider essay “Disability and Academe: Views from Both Sides of the Teacher’s Desk”




Psychotherapy Networker magazine excerpt “How Blind Therapists See Clients,” p. 21

March/April 2006



Preach magazine excerpt – “Good News for All of Us,” p. 38

Jan./Feb. 2006



Disabled faculty and staff in a disabling society: multiple identities in higher education – Schneider excerpt “The Working World: Before and After the American with Disabilities Act of 1990,” p. 141




Library Journal – Schneider excerpt “I Love Libraries, and I’m Blind,” p. 43

July 2008



The voice: ALTA voice of America’s library trustees & advocates - p.8 excerpt

Winter 2008



Illness, Crisis & Loss, Vol. 1, No. 1, “Implications of Terrorist Attacks and other campus deaths for on-going student supports needs” by Schneider, Morse, Fennell, and Crothers




Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look – Schneider excerpt “Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities, and Daily Life,” p. 216




Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research, Vol. 3, No. 3 – Schneider excerpt “Living with Blindness and Fibromyalgia while Occupying Aging,” p. 216

Winter 2013



American Family Physician journal – Schneider excerpt “Caring Better for Patients who are blind or visually impaired,” p. 774

Dec. 1, 2013



Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic – Schneider excerpt “Hope is a Cold Nose,” p. 144





- To the left of inspiration: adventures in living with disabilities, 2005

- Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold, 2010 (Braille version)

-Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold, 2012

-Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities, and Daily Life, 2013

-Hope of the Crow: Tales of Occupying aging, 2020

-Project Bloom: Diverse Reflections on Surviving the Pandemic, 2021


Folder “Katherine Schneider Blog, 2012-2022”

Blog posts from Katherine Schneider’s personal blog

1 file, 1.97 MB

Folder “UHC381_Katherine Schneider Papers”

Color PDF copies of excerpts in folders 2-15

14 files