A century ago Helen Keller became the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college. In 2013, Haben Girma, the deaf-blind daughter of immigrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea, graduated from Harvard Law School, demonstrating again that disabilities need not limit one’s horizons.
Their achievements also are a testament to the skills of their teachers — in Keller’s case, her celebrated tutor Anne Sullivan, and for Girma the special education teachers in the regular public schools she attended in Oakland, California.
Not all children with multiple disabilities have the opportunity to learn from such skilled educators who can unlock their potential.
The Perkins School for the Blind — from which Sullivan graduated and where Keller spent four years — is setting out to change that with a global initiative to train 1 million special educators by 2030 …
The scope of the challenge is vast in developing countries with limited special education services for children who are deaf and blind or have other serious disabilities in addition to visual impairment.