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Causes: Education, Special Education

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. .

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Perkins School for the Blind and a social work educator. It truly is a pleasure and a privilege to be a volunteer at such a welcoming and valuable organization where the staff, programs, and projects exemplify the organization's important mission. Perkins is notable for the effective outreach it does to educate the larger community through its Samuel P. Hayes Research Library and Archives and in other ways. For example, this focus on educating the larger community has enabled me to bring my social work students to Perkins for a highly educational tour and lecture that Perkins staff so generously give us each year. As a volunteer, I also have been provided with an excellent American Sign Language course. Therefore, being involved with Perkins enriches my students' and my own learning in countless ways. I sincerely thank all the dedicated people at Perkins for whom I have volunteered or by whom my students and I have been educated over past years, and I look forward to future years.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I recently attended an event at Perkins, I was so impressed by the kindness of the staff and volunteers. The commitment Perkins has not only to serving the visually impaired, but also to educating the wider community of families and supporters, is truly one of a kind.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen firsthand the good Petkins does for both its students & the community. If I could pick a 2 non-profits to contribute to, one would be St Jude's & the other would be Perkins.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Perkins for over 8 years . There are so many great and varied opportunities that you be involved with and it all matters so much. Last spring, I worked on helping
the seniors get their class trip funded and they all had such a great time! !

Rebecca180

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a young parent, unprepared for parenthood to begin with, of a child with special needs, we were lost in how to raise our son until we found Perkins School for the Blind. The teachers, faculty, and community helped us learn how to teach, communicate with, and connect to our boy in ways we never imagined. If not for them, I don't know how we could be as successful now as we are almost ten years later.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Perkins for forty years.
Beginning in 1972 in the Secondary Education Program with students learning independent living skills.
The students receive focused academics, social activities, and athletics designed for their skills, talents, and interests.
Perkins provides a wide array of programs that bring a preschool student into adulthood.
Each volunteer experience a have had, taught me to appreciate the Perkins staff and their abilities to understand the students and give individual instruction.

I have enjoyed my time with the Perkins students and continue volunteering at the school

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Perkins does wonderful work. Every time I go to visit I cannot believe the work that is done. The respect that is shown to the client as well as the learning that goes on.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Perkins School for the Blind!! The minute you walk on campus you can feel the love and compassion! They are a dedicated team of professionals who truly love what they do. My grandson attended Perkins for 10+ years & flourished receiving physical, occupational, speech & music therapies. His life was enriched by the amazing staff at Perkins who helped him continuously progress & experience a joyful life, despite his multiple disabilities. Even after his passing, the staff showed our family a overwhelming presence of support & shared stories & fond remembrances of working with him. I will forever be grateful for this remarkable school & all they do to help their students with education, confidence & skills to realize their potential and lead full, happy lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter, Ellen, was a victim of the 1964 Rubella epidemic. She was blind, deaf, needed heart surgery and had learning obstacles. But she has always had a "can do" personality which has served her well. She was evaluated by staff at Perkins on her 4th birthday and admitted to their Deaf-Blind program. All of our dealings over more than 47 years with everyone at this fantastic school has far exceeded anything we could have dreamed of. Presently she lives independently (with much help from Perkins staff) and has been employed at the Marshall's for more than 20 years. We are forever indebted to this outstanding facility.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Perkins "Blind New World Campaign" has spread information and inspiration by their videos, educational questions and their Blog site for anyone effected by blindness.