This story appears in the Spring 2020 issue of In Focus.
Dick Carlson is an Honorary Trustee and, with his wife, Deborah, a member of the Perkins Corporation. He serves as co-chair of the Perkins International Educational Leadership Program’s centennial campaign.
What inspires you about international teacher training?
It’s a great example of how one person can multiply their impact to help more children with multiple disabilities. The education professionals we train on campus empower whole communities around the world, everyone from parents to governmental officials. I’m amazed at the change one person can make after completing the Educational Leadership Program.
What do you hope for the future of the Educational Leadership Program as a result of the increased support and awareness from this centennial campaign?
Looking at the global picture, there are over 6 million children with disabilities, including visual impairment. They are vulnerable and often overlooked. Perkins is committed to providing them with the education they deserve. By the end of the year, I hope we have the resources to help even more children, so we can continue for another century.
What would you say to someone considering supporting the work Perkins does around the world?
These professionals have a profound ripple effect when they return home. When you support participants in the Educational Leadership Program, you are helping children around the world to learn and reach their full potential.