PO Box 990464
Boston, MA 02199
Charlotte “Dee” Spinkston is the NE Regional Representative for the Helen Keller National Center. She comes to this works with many years of experience working with under-resourced culturally and linguistically diverse families of children with disabilities and transition-aged youth from urban and rural communities at the local and national level.
She is founded and led a federally funded Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) that provided direct family support to families through information dissemination, training, peer-leadership, family engagement and special education advocacy, to improve developmental and educational outcomes, equity, and inclusion for racially, culturally and linguistically diverse infants, toddlers, youth and young adults with disabilities.
Charlotte has worked at the national level on issues related to parent/family engagement and leadership development in under-resourced communities of people with disabilities and their families. She directed a 7-year action research project, organizing and providing TA to parents in underserved urban and rural communities in 25 states and three territories to envision, design, and implement family support efforts and advocacy that made sense for their diverse communities. This effort led to the expansion of legislative language in Part D of IDEA, funding the Community Parent Resource Center initiative during the 1997 Reauthorization of the Special Education law.
Charlotte has many years of experience as a special educator of students with deaf-blindness; a vocational counselor, supporting community-based work options for youth and de-institutionalized adults with deafness and deaf/blindness and, as a state consultant, providing TA to state vendors developing community-based independent living and employment options for people with deaf/blindness, across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Charlotte is a lifelong resident of the City of Boston.