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Perkins School for the Blind

Rating: 4.84 stars   55 reviews 1,613

Address:

175 North Beacon St Watertown MA 02472 USA

Mission:

Perkins School for the Blind prepares children and young adults who are blind with the education, tools and skills they need to realize their potential.

Target demographics:

Children and young adults who are blind, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

1 ,120,923 people in 67 countries

Geographic areas served:

the US and internationally

Programs:

Early intervention services for babies with a visual impairment or deafblindness, a preschool and transitional kindergarten for children with a visually impairment, specialized educational programs designed to support students at every age and ability, itinerant services for students with a visual impairment, independence courses for public school students with a visual impairment, evaluations and assessments for communities, training for professionals and educators, assistive technology products and consulting services, and a Library, which circulates more than 530,000 items in braille, audio, electronic and large print formats to about 28,000 patrons in the U.S. .

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617-924-3434
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Reviews for Perkins School for the Blind

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

My son is at the Lower School at Perkins School for the Blind and he is blossoming! As a child with major visual impairments who is intellectually bright, he was frustrated by our local public school which is very highly rated in general - they simply didn't know how to work around his visual impairment and challenge him intellectually. Since transferring to Perkins, he has gone from a kid who spent every weekend dreading going to school on Monday, to a kid who couldn't wait for summer to end and school to start this year! He looks forward to going to Perkins every day, talks about having friends - actually using the word "friends" for the first time - and has actually said himself that the teachers "know just what I need." He is now making huge gains in both his academic, social, mobility, speech and other skills and our entire family sees the difference. Thank you, Perkins School for the Blind!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Seedlings is an organization that is committed to making braille materials affordable for early braille readers, and it would be difficult for me to expose my students to braille without them. Schools can purchase books far below the cost of production and families can afford to have a literature rich environment in the home. They provide two free books each year to each student throught their Angels program, and my students look forward every year to filling out their "Wish List". This is a great organization founded by a parent that has had a sustaining impact on the education of braille readers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Perkins is an incredible school where students are given and individualized program to become as successful and independent as they can. I volunteer in the Assistive Devices Center. It is an incredible department. Here the team come up with solutions that making learning more accessible for a child with multiple disabilities. We are so fortunate to have this school here in Massachusetts.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

the school has changed from student focused too money focused. They seem to be banking on the famous name to carry them instead of doing right by students and staff

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had a lot of experience with this nonprofit especially since i am a Perkins graduate. additionally, I strongly support the work that they do with respect to getting folks who are visually impaired into employment. The education that I received at Perkins was sufficient enough for me to attend college and graduate school.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

They perform great work for vision challenged people and continue the Helen Keller legacy with high integrity.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've driven past and heard the Perkins School for the Blind name for years and I know my family has donated over the years. There are billboards along certain routes I take, even out in the Worcester area. But I have to admit that for a longtime, I thought it was a really cool school for blind children. Then recently, I learned about teachers in Central Massachusetts being trained by Perkins staff to use the same teaching methods used in Watertown in our communities. These teachers are so thankful for the knowledge Perkins is bringing. The reach is huge, way outside Massachusetts. So I decided to write this review to simply let others know that what they do in Watertown is great but there reach is far greater, impacting kids all over. Keep up the good work, Perkins!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having grown up in the Greater Boston area, I knew of Perkins School for the Blind and was aware of their reputation. But after working with Perkins as a consultant, I gained a greater understanding of the organization’s work and the positive impact it has not only locally but across the country and throughout the world. As a result of my professional experience with Perkins, I was inspired earlier this year to participate in a fundraiser to raise money for their mission and ran a 5K blindfolded (guided by wife). I was proud to have raised over $1,200 to support their mission because I have seen firsthand what they are doing and want to be sure they can continue their important work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Perkins is amazing! They are so organized and helpful they really are doing great things. They host really amazing events and provide so much support to their faculty and students.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended a holiday concert at Perkins School this past year and was blown away with what is being done at the school. It was wonderful to see and there was a lot of opportunity to learn about the programs they are conducting. Bravo to Perkins for their amazing work and efforts.

 
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