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Marianne Riggio

Director, Educational Leadership Program


She is the co-author or editor of over 15 publications focusing on the education of children with deafblindness that are now used internationally as the basis of trainings for teachers, administrators and parents. Riggio was named coordinator of Perkins’ Educational Leadership Program in 2012. Prior to her current role, she served as an Educational Consultant for Perkins International, and as a regional coordinator for both the Africa and Asia & Pacific regions. Riggio earned a master’s degree in Multi-handicapped and Deafblind Education from Boston College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Special and Elementary Education. Over the years, Riggio has traveled to Israel, Ukraine, Jordan, Portugal, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Korea, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Haiti to provide technical assistance to local partners. Before she joined the Perkins International team, Riggio was the Project Director for the National Deafblind Training Project, which developed training institutes in deafblindess for teachers and parents.