The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Austin, Douglas V., videotape


Size:  1 item  

Provenance: Mrs. Douglas (Gayle) Austin

Access: Open

Related Collections: The Disability History Archive.  The Canaday Center also has a large collection of Dr. Austin's published books and articles

Processing Note: 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Kim Brownlee, June 2005

Historical Sketch

            The Child Conservation League is a national, non-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization that was founded in 1918.  Its purpose is to promote more effective standards of family living and to establish closer communication between home and community.  Ohio formed its first CCL chapters in 1920, and the first meeting of the University Circle CCL was held on April 10, 1946. 
            Today, the CCL and its affiliate leagues, e.g., the Ohio CCL, strive to educate mothers on all aspects of parenthood.  It also attempts to organize efforts pertaining to childhood and its needs through education, philanthropy and legislation.  Each league also conducts fund raising events to support the Ohio Scholarship Loan Fund.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Austin has a Ph.D. in economics and finance, and is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Ohio.  He has authored numerous books and articles in the field of banking and finance.

Dr. Austin has a degenerative eye disease, Retinitosis Pigmentosis, and lost his sight in 1969.  At the time he was working for the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland.  Afterwards, he began teaching finance at Western Michigan University and started his own consulting business.  During his career he also taught at The University of Michigan, Indiana University and The University of Toledo, where he was chairman of the Finance department for 14 years.



O'Neil, J.  Nationally-recognized bank consultant Douglas Austin got his start here.  (1988, November).  Michigan Banking & Business News.

Roberts, A.  Blind entrepreneur takes bull by horns.  1988, July.  Dayton Daily.

Starkman, E.  Austin:  Blind consultant has also authored several books.  (1987, May 31).  Detroit News.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one VHS videotape of Dr. Austin delivering the keynote address at the Helen Keller Lecture Series, Troy State University, April 15, 2003, during which he talks about living with disability, particularly blindness.

Italso contains a copy of a brochure about Dr. Austin's consulting business, "Austin Financial Services, Inc.


Last Updated: 6/27/22