San Isidro welcomes accessible initiative

Since its foundation in 1988, The Fatima Institute in San Isidro, Argentina, and Perkins have had a close relationship. The Perkins-trained professionals at the Fatima Institute have become trainers of trainers and so forth. Among those trainees (and now, trainer) is Nehuen Rodriguez-Picatto.

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Since its foundation in 1988, The Fatima Institute in San Isidro, Argentina, and Perkins have had a close relationship. The Perkins-trained professionals at the Fatima Institute have become trainers of trainers and so forth. Among those trainees (and now, trainer) is Nehuen Rodriguez-Picatto.

After graduating from the Educational Leadership Program in 2022, Nehuen returned to Argentina eager to share everything he had learned. Through his project titled “Behavior, Communication, and Connection,” he plans to train teachers and healthcare professionals in the San Isidro community on the importance of understanding behavior as a means of communication.

If we understand that people can communicate through their behavior, it will be easier to establish human connections and develop strong relationships.

Nehuen Rodriguez-Picatto

This project, supported by Perkins, will promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the municipality of San Isidro. For more than 30 years, Perkins has worked in Argentina by partnering with schools like Fatima and other non-profit organizations. These alliances have helped improve the quality of education of children with multiple disabilities and visual impairments (MDVI). 

The Fatima Institute and the San Isidro Community  

The Fatima Institute operates in San Isidro, a city in the greater Buenos Aires area. Since the school’s foundation in 1988, Perkins has trained Fatima’s educators to have the tools they need to teach children and youth with MDVI. 

As a result, Fatima is now an educational model program in Latin America and has served as inspiration to other prestigious organizations in the Latin American region, like Fundal in Guatemala. 

This year, Fatima is going beyond its campus and will start working with the local municipality of San Isidro. community that has supported them for many years. The alliance with the San Isidro community is possible thanks to the vision of Fatima’s leadership team and the work of Nehuen, one of their brightest teachers. 

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