We at Dicapta are proud to recognize the achievements of our devoted collaborators whenever they happen. This is why we are glad to announce that the Parents of Children With Impediments Association (known by its Spanish acronym APNI) dedicated their Annual Conference to Dr. Juanita Rodríguez, a member of our Advisory Group.
APNI is a non-profit, private organization founded in Puerto Rico in 1977. Its primary purpose is to guide and train parents so that they acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to participate in their children's education.
Dr. Rodriguez has worked with our team for more than 15 years, and she has an extensive educational background that makes her worthy of this recognition. She has degrees in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling, a Master's degree in Deaf Students Education and Rehabilitation from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Deaf Education Teaching from Pennsylvania State University. She was also Dean of the Education Department at the UPR-Rio Piedras from 2010 to 2014. She has more than 40 years of experience in special education. Currently, she is co-coordinator of technical assistance services to parents, teachers, and other service providers for deaf-blind students in Puerto Rico, under the direction of the NCDB. Needless to say, she has dedicated her life to helping students and children with disabilities.
"I feel very honored to receive this recognition. What I do in favor of the population with disabilities, I do it as my life's mission, to honor my brother who had multiple disabilities, but had no one to defend his right to appropriate education in his time," said Dr. Rodriguez regarding this achievement.
We join APNI in recognizing Dr. Juanita Rodiguez's dedication to improving the lives of people with disabilities. She has been our mentor and friend. We feel honored to receive her guidance all these years.