(1897–1958) Soledad Rodriguez Pastor was a pioneer in services for deaf and blind people, an active social reformer, and a leader in the development of professional social work in Puerto Rico. She was raised in a family of modest means by her father after the death of her mother. At the age of 17 she became a rural teacher, later working with the Insular Home for Girls and doing volunteer work with blind children. She studied at the Perkins Institute and became director of the Institute for Blind Children in 1936. In 1943 she organized and directed the Office of Services for the Handicapped for the Department of Health of Puerto Rico. She received a certificate in social work in 1946 from the University of Puerto Rico. Her wide range of activities included the organization of the first island-wide survey of the “feebleminded” and the creation of the first home-based classes for blind adults.
From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Social Work.