Get To Know Us

Founders

 

Edwin Blanton is a former Peace Corps who served in the Commonwealth of Dominica. He serves on various non-profit and community boards in San Antonio, including President Elect of the Mission Trail Rotary Club, Past President of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of San Antonio, and board member of KLRN the local PBS affiliate. Edwin is a Certified Volunteer Administrator and holds a Ph.D. in International Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of the Incarnate Word.  From 2008-2016 he oversaw the community service initiatives at Trinity University, leading the program to receive federal recognition for eight consecutive years. He currently serves as the inaugural Executive Director of the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In this role he and his team develop students into community-minded and career-ready
graduates.

Jennifer D. Catron graduated from St. Mary’s University with a bachelor of art in psychology (1997) and Trinity University with a master of art in school psychology (2000).  She returned from the United States Peace Corps in 2004 after serving as a Community and Youth Development Volunteer in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean.  Jennifer recently relocated to Austin, TX where she works as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology with the Leander ISD. Working with teachers, parents and other invested professionals, she plans educational programming for students with disabilities.  Jennifer is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and graduated from W. B. Ray High School. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, discovering new music, cooking, reading and being an Auntie to her 2 nieces and nephew.

 

Community Partners

 

Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities

When persons with disabilities founded the disability movement in Dominica in 1983, it was to give this minority group in the society the “voice” they never had, and to encourage personal development through self-representation and advocacy. The Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) as it is now known, serves as a resource and consultative agency in eliminating barriers to “equal opportunities” and a vehicle for the articulation of the concerns of people with disabilities.

Lifeline Ministries

Lifeline Ministries is a registered Non-Government Organization (NGO) whose objectives include accessing resources to assist disadvantaged groups in Dominica. These resources include funding for small projects, donations of goods and equipment, volunteers, expertise and consultation and training. Lifeline runs Dominica’s Dial-A-Ride system which provides transportation for people that need a little help getting around.

Alpha Center

The Alpha Center (a special school for children with mental disabilities) – aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to develop each child socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and cognately to his/her maximum potential, so that each may eventually be able to function independently in society to the highest level possible.

Special Olympics

The National Special Olympics Team of Dominica’s mission is to provide individuals with disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The goal is for all persons with disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.

Learning Achievement Centre

The Achievement Learning Centre was established in 2011 to fill a gap that existed for access of special education services for children whose needs were not met in the mainstream education system. ALC strives to become the center of excellence in Dominica where children and youth with disabilities can be empowered through education, vocational and skills training, ensuring that they are and can be functional members of society.