Adele Crudden has been a researcher at the NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision since 1994 and is a social work professor in the Sociology Department at Mississippi State University. Crudden has published in health and disability related issues with a particular focus on employment among persons who are blind or visually impaired. Her work experience includes employment in hospitals and clinics, in non-profit agencies, as a private vocational rehabilitation counselor, and as the director of the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Jackson, MS. A state licensed social worker and counselor, Crudden is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Disability Management Specialist. The Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) of the Blind and Visually Impaired presented Crudden with the John H. McAulay Award in 2008 for her work regarding employment of persons who are blind/visually impaired; she was similarly recognized by the Employment Division of AER in 2012 with the Louis Viceceli Award. A reviewer for several professional journals and active in professional organizations, Crudden serves on the Board of Directors for Mississippi Industries for the Blind and the Advisory Council of the Mississippi Library Commission for the Blind and Print Handicapped.