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Perkins Alumna Nominated to Obama's Administration

From left: Janet LaBreck and President Steven Rothstein speak at Perkins 2008 graduation ceremony

From left: Massachusetts Commissioner for the Blind Janet LaBreck and Perkins President Steven Rothstein speak at Perkins 2008 graduation ceremony.

Janet L. LaBreck, Massachusetts Commissioner for the Blind (MCB), has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education, under Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

MCB Commissioner and Perkins alumna Janet L. LaBreck

MCB Commissioner and Perkins alumna Janet L. LaBreck

"We wish Janet LaBreck well in her nomination as President Obama's Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education for the nation,” Perkins President Steven Rothstein said. “Her confirmation, if approved, would mean that people with disabilities, including those who are blind or deafblind, would have an impassioned voice and an inspiring advocate. We at Perkins are especially proud to have an alumna of Perkins School for the Blind considered for such a visible and influential role for the country. We also congratulate President Obama on this important selection."

Ms. LaBreck was named Commissioner of the MCB in 2007. She joined the MCB in 1985 as Consumer Advocate. She has served in a number of positions at the MCB since then, including Independent Living Coordinator, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Regional Director of Central Massachusetts.

Since 2005, LaBreck has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Assumption College, where she teaches courses in rehabilitation of the blind and case management in rehabilitation. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry. She received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Springfield College. She was a student at Perkins from 1970-1977.