Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Award

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Award

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A longtime member of the field of visual impairment and blindness will be awarded the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor, which recognizes a lifetime of out standing achievement, dedication to community, and service to Canada. Patricia Ann MacCuspie will be among a group of 46 individuals honored by Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean on December 12, 2008. Dr. MacCuspie, an educator, researcher, and activist in the field is being honored for having a positive and strong influence on children and youths who are blind or visually impaired. A retired director of the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority in Canada, she established a national benchmark in Canada with the development of a curriculum for visually impaired children. She has also designed programs to help integrate children who are blind into mainstream schools and communities. Her expertise has been sought after by professional organizations, and she has taught the next generation of teachers of students with visual impairments. She is greatly respected for encouraging blind and visually impaired youths to embrace their abilities and to be their own advocates. John Martin, Canadian affairs consultant for the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), said of Dr. …

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