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News and Resources from the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office

of Perkins International

We are pleased to share some ofthe developments of resources that can help to spread the theme of deafblindness and multiple disabilities through the Spanish speaking population.

This year we have developed specific publications on topics of interest to families, professionals and officer governments working with children and young people. We could reach this goal with the constant support of the regional governments and private organizations such as Fundación Once para América Latina (FOAL) and Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) .

We are proud to share our recent Documents:

1 Transition to Adult Life of Youth with Multiple Disabilities and Deafblindness1. This resource highlights the main aspects of the transition process and shares some best practices in Latin America.

2 Guide for Inclusion of Children and Young People with Deafblindness and Multiple Disabilities in Argentina2. This guide focuses on the best practices which need to be considered to guarantee successful inclusion.

3 Manual Physical Education3: This manual describes proper methods, materials and equipment to be used with our population involved in Physical Education. It has a chapter which focuses on health prevention. The manual is useful for teachers and families.

4 Manual Technology4. This guide provides strategies for teachers and parents to use technology in the daily life for a child.

Also from our website in Spanish, we have added a new section called 5 “Virtual Classroom”5, a place to share online courses, webinars and educational videos on specific topics. You can look up for new resources and e-learning at: http://l

All these resources are aligned to meet the goals for education in the twenty-first century through engaging and working collaboratively with professionals, family, educational authorities and the governments throughout the region.

For more information contact Perkins International Latin America at:

1 l Perkins Latin America is a small corporate member of DbI
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3 l CBM is a large corporate member of DbI
4 See article in DbI Review Edition 53, July 2014
5 See article in DbI Review Edition 53, July 2014

Michael Collins of Perkins named to Hall of Fame

for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field

The late Michael T. Collins was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 17, 2014.

Collins, who passed away in 2008, led education programs for children who are deafblind at Perkins School for the Blind1 for 30 years, including the supervision of Perkins’ renowned Deafblind Program. Most notably, he launched Hilton/Perkins International to expand deafblind education. Under his leadership, the program grew from serving a few hundred students to reaching tens of thousands of children, families and educators in 67 countries. He traveled the world championing education and government policies to improve opportunities for children who are deafblind and blind with additional disabilities.

“Mike Collins represented what is best about humankind,” says Dave Power, CEO & President of Perkins. “He saw a need and went about the difficult and quiet work of solving it for three decades. By making a positive difference in the lives of children who are deafblind in the developing world, he enriched the lives of all of us. This is a fitting honor and remembrance.”

In addition to his work with Perkins, Collins also led Deafblind International, served on the board of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment and founded the National Coalition on Deafblindness. He received the distinguished Perkins’ Annie Sullivan Award, Deafblind International’s Lifetime Achievement Award and their Distinguished Service Award. Collins studied theology at St. John’s Seminary in Boston and earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Boston College.

Collins will be most vividly remembered for the way he touched the lives of individual children. “His love for children with multiple disabilities and his deep understanding of their needs was evident when he visited programs and dangled children on his knee.” Nandini Rawal, project director of the Blind People’s Association in Gujarat, India.

The Hall of Fame2 is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. It is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, but belongs to all. Read more about Mike Collins in Perkins Perspectives3 magazine.

Perkins reaches nearly a million people each year in 67 countries providing education, services and products to help people who are blind or deafblind build more productive and meaningful lives. Founded in 1829 as the first U.S. school for the blind, Perkins advances its mission through its various divisions: School for the Blind, International, Library, eLearning, and Products. Learn more at l

1 l Perkins School for the Blind is a large corporate member of DbI.
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Dr. Walton Alfonso “Aubrey” Webson1, MD

Named Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Head of the Antigua and Barbuda Office in New York

Press Release: New York, NY, 28th September, 2014…

…Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has announced that Dr. Walton Alfonso “Aubrey” Webson has been appointed as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

In a letter to Secretary General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Browne said the Dr. Webson is an outstanding citizen of Antigua and Barbuda who has made significant contributions to the social development of people with disabilities around the world.

“As a visually impaired individual, Dr. Webson has worked extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, helping to shape educational services for children with disabilities. He has also supported governments and social workers in policy development. I am confident that he is very suitable for the responsibilities entrusted to him,” outlined Prime Minister Browne.

Prime Minister Browne also introduced Dr. Webson to Antiguans and Barbudans living in New York during a town hall meeting on Friday in the Bronx. He told the over three hundred nationals in attendance that Dr. Webson will be the Head of the Antigua and Barbuda Office in New York with the various department heads reporting to him under a new arrangement which sees the Tourist Office, the Consulate and the Mission to the UN being merged as a single unit.

During the town hall meeting, Prime Minister Browne also announced that an offer has been made to Dr. Dave Ray to be the Diaspora Liaison Officer creating a link between the Diaspora and the government. He said the move is designed to strengthen the relations with Antiguans and Barbudans in the Diaspora and to have them play and active role in the development of their homeland. He said the aim is to have Dr. Dave Ray, as Diaspora Liaison Officer, capture the issues of Antiguans and Barbudans in the Diaspora and he will then liaise with the Antigua Office in New York headed by Dr. Webson.

Dr. Webson’s appointment as Permanent Representative to the United Nations takes effect from 1st November, 2014.

1 Dr. Webson was a member of the DbI Board representing Perkins School for the Blind, a large corporate member of DbI.

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