Bill Quain, PhD began to lose his eyesight to Stargardt Disease, at the age of 14. Today, he is almost totally blind. He grew up in Philadelphia but has lived all over the United States. Dr. Quain studied hotel management at Cornell University, and later, earned his Master’s Degree from Florida International University. He became a professor at the University of New Orleans and earned his PhD there.
Dr. Quain is the author of 27 books with over 2 million copies sold worldwide. He began speaking in 1980 and has traveled the world, speaking to groups of all sizes, ranging from the boardroom, to major audiences in stadiums and convention centers. Bill was the creator and Founding Chef for PBS Television’s cooking show for the blind called “Cooking Without Looking.” A few years later, he was invited to help Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin create an accessible kitchen for “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.”
Bill lives to serve. After graduating from Cornell in 1974,he became a V.I.S.T.A. Volunteer, serving as a consultant to minority businesses. Since 2005, He has served in the Department of Homeland Security, where he is currently the Public Education Staff Officer for Flotilla 8-1 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Bill married his college sweetheart Jeanne in 1984. Bill and Jeanne raised two daughters who often travelled with him. Today, Bill and Jeanne live in Ocean City, New Jersey. Bill is still working as a professor, at Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus.