Perkins' speakers bureau showcases the unique perspectives of the exceptional individuals who drive Perkins’ mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities around the globe. Speakers include an alumna who is deafblind, our executive team and internationally-renowned activists. All of them will inform, inspire and motivate your workplace or community.
Dave Power, President & CEO, leans into innovation and looks past today’s success to prepare for the next challenge. As a highly respected business strategist as well as the father of a Perkins graduate, Power speaks to both the global and the personal impact of Perkins work with clarity and compassion. He articulates the advantages gained when we value diversity, adapt nimbly, and utilize technology. Where others see problems, Power sees opportunities.
Corinne Grousbeck, Board of Trustees Chair is smart, passionate, and direct with a message that is both universal and personal. She has traveled the world to witness Perkins’ global reach in schools and orphanages. She, herself, has raised a son who is blind and experienced first-hand the misconceptions Perkins students face beyond the campus walls. Grousbeck is on a mission to shatter damaging myths about blindness and change society’s attitudes using the internet and interpersonal encounters with equal power and grace.
Ed Bosso, Superintendent and Executive Director of Educational Programs, focuses on collaborating with families, public schools and communities to meet each student’s unique learning needs. Humanity and warmth inform his approach to making systems that really work for children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities. Bosso’s thirty years of experience in special education and his newer role raising a daughter with low vision provide multi-faceted and keen perspectives on innovation and excellence in education. Learn more about Perkins Educational Programs.
Kim Charlson, Perkins Library Director and the American Council of the Blind’s first woman president, is a barrier-breaking activist and world-renowned expert on literacy. Charlson, who is blind, led the drive to make ATMs talk and advises policymakers on topics from quiet cars to accessible currency. Her rich trove of stories delivered with wit and humor illustrate the power of personal independence, literacy and equal access to the community. Learn more about Perkins Library.
Luiza Aguiar, Executive Director of Perkins Solutions, leverages mainstream and emerging technologies to solve challenges old and new. Businesses increasingly embrace diversity in the workplace and the marketplace and Aguiar is leading a charge to include people of all abilities. Addressing issues from building mobile apps to meeting government standards for web accessibility, she speaks to the ways that technology, strategic innovation and inclusive design can converge to create a world that truly works for everyone. Learn more about Perkins Solutions.
Michael Delaney, Executive Director of Perkins International, guides Perkins’ expanding global network. Driven by the imperative that education is a human right, Delaney seeks to dispel misperceptions about children who are blind or deafblind. Working with governments worldwide to build sustainable education systems, he is leading a global campaign to train one million teachers to educate the many millions of children with multiple disabilities to help them reach their full human potential. Learn more about Perkins International.
Jaimi Lard, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, loves adventure. This Perkins Deafblind Program alumna has windsurfed in California, swung from a trapeze and testified before Congress. Lard fiercely focuses on ability, not disability. Her talks at schools, universities, professional and civic groups show how communication to opens the door to common human experiences that breed mutual respect and genuine understanding. Audiences come away empowered to be inclusive. Learn more about Jaimi Lard.
JoAnn Becker, Assistive Technology Support, Training and Testing Specialist is hands-on, especially with the technology she uses to access information, transportation, entertainment and communication. Becker, who is blind, helps people with impaired vision find high-tech ways to adapt. Years in product development give her credibility. Life experience gives her insight. Ask her about her vision of how to make the world more accessible to people who are blind.