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Larry Campbell

Dr. Larry Campbell, the Immediate Past President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), has worked in the field of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired persons since 1967. His interest in the field of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired persons grew from his own personal experience as a community development volunteer in a rural Jamaica in the mid-1960s. This experience led him to pursue Master’s and Doctoral level studies in the fields of special education and rehabilitation while teaching and serving as an administrator of programs for blind and visually impaired children and adults in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In 1973, Dr. Campbell became the Director of the Graduate Program for teaching students with severe needs at Boston College where he worked until 1978. He served as the Director of Education and Rehabilitation for Helen Keller International from 1977-1988, Director of the Hilton-Perkins International Program from 1988-1992 and from 1993-2009 as the Director of the Overbrook International Program. Dr. Campbell served as ICEVI’s Vice President from 1992-2000 and from 2000-2010 as its President. ICEVI is the global professional organization of persons working in the field of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired persons that is working to create equality of educational opportunity for blind persons throughout the world. ICEVI has consultative status with a number of agencies of the United Nations. He is an active member of a number of professional organizations and is a founding member and first president of the Vision Alliance. Dr. Campbell currently serves on both the Executive Committee and the Working Group of Employment of the World Blind Union. During his tenure as President of ICEVI, Dr. Campbell led the development of the “Global Campaign on Education for All Children with Visual Impairment” that now involves 11 international organizations working together on a coordinated global initiative to reach the 4.4 million blind children in the developing world who are currently denied access to education. Since retiring as ICEVI’s President in late 2010, Dr. Campbell has remained very active in a volunteer capacity as ICEVI’s Immediate Past President and has most recently been involved in initiatives in Haiti and with Ministry of Education of the Palestinian Authority.