My world changed forever when I met Professor Jan Van Dijk

Professor Jan Van Dijk

I was very sad to hear about the recent passing of Professor Jan Van Dijk, a pioneer in deafblindness research and practice.

I first met Jan in 1979 when we were searching for support for our four-year-old rubella son. At the time we couldn’t find much information on these wonderful, but complicated children.

I recall there was a distance support course run by the John Tracy clinic in the USA. This was established by the actor Spencer Tracy, and although primarily for deaf children, it gave useful hints and tips for children with the dual disability.

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