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Chief Executive of Sense and Sense International awarded the Anne Sullivan Macy Medal

31 May 2015

Gillian Morbey, Chief Executive of Sense and Sense International and President of Deafblind International has been awarded the Perkins International Anne Sullivan Macey Award at the 16th World Conference of Deafblind International (DbI) in Bucharest.

The award was presented by Perkins, a US based education organisation committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness, in partnership with The Industrial Home for the Blind in Brooklyn, New York. It aims to recognise individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the deafblind community.

The award was also presented to:

  • Martha Majors, Assistant Education Director at Perkins School for the Blind - USA
  • Irina Salomatina, Director of the Moscow charitable organization, Usher-forum - Russia

Commenting on the award, Gill said: "I am delighted and honoured to accept this award. It recognises the work my colleagues and I do to break down barriers facing people around the world  who are deafblind. We have come a long way since Anne Sullivan was working with Helen Keller, however, Sense believes there is much more still to be done to ensure deafblind people can be full and active members of society."

President and CEO at Perkins, Dave Power said: “Colleagues know Gillian for her authenticity, her natural rapport with deafblind people and 

Deafblind International is the world association promoting services for people who are deafblind. The DbI conference in Romania welcomed  over 400 people from around the world including specialists in the field of education, health, social services, people with deafblindness and their families, representatives of non-governmental organisations, and national and local authorities. The event took place on the 25 to 30 May 2015.her apparently instinctive ability to see into the heart of people and situations.”


First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019