This website is intended primarily to train the staff that will work with Chimbo so that they can take care of her in the best positive way and help her succeed. It’s also a contribution to the staff that works with special needs children and young adults. I believe it’s a seed of love and hope to all parents who are raising a child/young adult with special needs or are getting ready to help their young adult’s transition to the next step: adult services. Please request authorization/password to access Chimbolin’s website.

First of all, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to become a mother. He gave me the love, faith, patience, and strength required to help my daughters be the best they can be. Being Chimbo’s mother helped me grow and value what really matters. I also thank my family: my mom, my dad, because they gave me the same love I am now giving to my daughters. I especially thank my lovely daughter Karla Isabel. Every time I look at her I see a strong, beautiful, smart young lady with solid values and a burning desire to succeed. Without her love and her ability to adapt to this country, my role would have been much more difficult. I also thank my sister, brothers, and my dear Aunt Ave, well, actually, all my family for their endless support. I am very grateful and will never forget The Perkins School for the Blind, the staff for the hard work, the love, patience, professionalism, and dedication which were key to the success of Chimbo. Additionally, the Watertown Public Schools, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Supporting Agencies, the PCA staff, and all the people that were instrumental in Chimbo’s education and transition to adult life. I thank all my friends especially those in Panama who were always there for me and my daughters. Last but not least, I would like to honor the memory of my daughters’ father, Dr. Carlos Mauricio Brandao Martinez, who came up with her nickname “Chimbolin”.

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