Remembering an Exceptional Volunteer

A tireless competitor in all aspects of her life, Sue Ammeter was a crucial champion for the blind community. As a young child, she quickly learned to advocate for her right to read. Because of a lack of readily-available braille, Sue’s mother took it upon herself to transcribe school assignments and books for her daughter.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Sue embarked on a 30-year career in state government, fighting for the employment rights of people with disabilities. She was the first blind person to work for the Human Rights Commission of Washington State and was instrumental in crafting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensuring legal protections against discrimination for those with disabilities.

Photo of Sue and Ruth Ann Hansen wearing nametags and smiling at the camera

National Braille Press was honored to have Sue serve on our board for the last five years. With her leadership, we were able to raise money to produce books on living with breast and prostate cancer, as well as ensuring access to information on symptoms, treatments, and side effects for blind individuals. From serving on committees to attending our gala to hosting one of our best-attended Because Braille Matters luncheons, Sue always strove to help. She and John, her husband of 46 years, even joined our Braille for Life Alliance legacy program to ensure braille access for all.

Sue’s legacy of advocacy, volunteerism, and paving the path for others will stand well into our future and it is with great pleasure that we announce that we are naming our Individual Volunteer of the Year award the Sue Ammeter Volunteer of the Year Award .

Room view of Sue's memorial, it is full of people, every table is full as they celebrate her life

NBP staff was honored to attend Sue’s memorial and celebration the life in Washington State. Sue was an amazing person, friend, and Trustee of NBP. Her passing leaves a big hole that we all must fill to support braille literacy and the ADA.

Sue, thank you for making our mission stronger and our lives better.