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Dr. Larry Campbell Receives ICEVI Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Larry Campbell receives ICEVI Lifetime Achievement Award (photo)IDPP Executive Committee Member and ICEVI Immediate Past President Dr. Larry Campbell received the ICEVI Lifetime Achievement Award during the World Blind Union/ICEVI General Assemblies Gala Dinner on 18 November 2012.

The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), an outreach partner of the IDPP, is a global organization working toward the education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired persons with a mission of creating equal educational opportunities for these individuals.

Dr. Campbell received the lifetime achievement award for his 35 years of unyielding commitment to improving the rights of the blind, visually impaired, and disability communities around the world through education and rehabilitation. His interest in the education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired persons grew from his own personal experience as a community development volunteer in rural Jamaica in the mid-1960s.

Dr. Campbell proceeded to obtain a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in special education and rehabilitation, paving the way for successful tenures as Director of the Graduate program for teaching students with severe special needs at Boston College; Director of Education and Rehabilitation for Helen Keller International; Director of the Hilton-Perkins International Program; and Director of the Overbrook International Program. Dr. Campbell began his career at ICEVI in 1992 as Vice President, and subsequently served as President from 2000 to 2010.  

As President of ICEVI, Dr. Campbell led the development of the “Global Campaign on Education for All Children with Visual Impairment,” which now involves 11 international organizations working together on a coordinated global initiative to reach the 4.4 million blind children in developing countries who are currently denied access to education. Apart from his current advisory role as Immediate Past President, Dr. Campbell also participates in a number of other activities, including initiatives in Haiti and with Ministry of Education of the Palestinian Authority.

The gala dinner was co-hosted by the World Blind Union and ICEVI during the General Assemblies: Achieving Our Vision through Empowerment and Partnerships conference in Bangkok, Thailand from 8 -18 November 2012.

The IDPP congratulates Dr. Campbell on this distinguished and deserving recognition!