The Division on Visual Impairments (DVI) of the Council for Exceptional Children Recently Presented Its Highest Honors

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The Division on Visual Impairments (DVI) of the Council for Exceptional Children Recently Presented Its Highest Honors


The Division on Visual Impairments (DVI) of the Council for Exceptional Children recently presented its highest honors. The Exemplary Advocate Award was presented to Olegario D. Cantos, VII, for his advocacy work in influencing practice and policy to assure equal rights for all individuals with disabilities. The vice chair of the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and special counsel of the acting assistant attorney general for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Cantos previously served as associate director for Domestic Policy at the White House, where he led the implementation of the president's New Freedom Initiative, the agenda for advancing equality of opportunity for people with all types of disabilities in information and assistive technology, education, employment, and every aspect of community living. Mr. Cantos was also the first and only person to serve as general counsel and director of programs for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Cay Holbrook, who was honored for the outstanding contributions her research and teaching have made to improved outcomes for students with visual impairments. An associate professor in blindness and visual impairment for the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Holbrook received her doctoral degree from Florida State University in 1986. She prepared teachers of students with visual impairments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arkansas--Little Rock prior to accepting her position at the University of British Columbia. The Teacher of the Year Award, which honors a person who is dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled, was presented to Barbara Johnson, who teaches students with visual impairments in Alabama. …

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