Charlotte Cushman, MLS, M.Ed., is the manager of the Paths to Literacy and Active Learning Space websites, both of which are collaborative projects between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the United States. A former classroom teacher at Perkins, Ms. Cushman has worked in the field of visual impairment and special education for nearly 40 years. She has worked extensively overseas, including several years as a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer in Africa, as well as a consultant for Perkins International in Africa and Asia. Ms. Cushman has worked as an education consultant for the New England Center Deafblind project, and has been a co-author and editor of a number of books in the field, including “Functional Literacy” in Keys to Educational Success: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities (AFB Press, 2016) and Perkins Activity and Resource Guide: A Handbook for Teachers and Parents of Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities. In addition to her work as an educator and teacher trainer, Ms. Cushman has a degree in Library and Information Services, with a focus on archives and digital projects. She has worked at the Library of Congress, and has held positions as a librarian and archivist.
Ms. Cushman is passionate about the rights of all children to learn. She believes in the power of collaboration, and the importance of practical strategies to use in real world situations.