Perkins School for the Blind

Rating: 4.88 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 175 North Beacon St Watertown MA 02172 USA

Mission: Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
Target demographics: children and adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, their families and the professionals who serve them.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 880,000 people in 67 countries
Geographic areas served: the US and internationally

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering at Perkins three years ago and have had an extraordinary experience...each and every member of the staff are truly gifted with great compassion, patience, kindness and knowledge...a beautiful facility filled to the brim with positive can-do energy

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent and thoughtful programming. Have expanded very intelligently from their original mission. We e have supported Perkins for many years. We support the school because of what they do and how they do it, we do not have family members or friends who have participated in their services and programs.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The education that Perkins School for the Blind offers is unique and transformative. My son is a student in the deaf-blind program and is thriving. His first accomplishment was to learn to communicate via a combination of sign language and speech technology. Now that he has access to communication, he is better able to tackle his academic work. Children also need to play. The staff at Perkins have encouraged my son to take risks, to learn to roller skate, to ride a bike and to navigate the greater world with confidence. My son is happy, he is learning and he is growing--all thanks to the wonderful programs at Perkins.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

I began volunteering at Perkins approximately 1 year ago and my experience has been nothing but positive and uplifting. The students and alumni that I've interacted with are truly inspirational; you walk away knowing that you met someone amazing and feeling that you can overcome most obstacles in life. The staff members also make volunteering at Perkins a gratifying experience, they are friendly, knowledgeable, and committed to the very special students that Perkins attracts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

At the Perkins School, students don't just learn how to survive in this huge, overwhelming world we live in, rather they learn how to become well-rounded, confident and productive members of their community. From their charismatic concerts to their achingly beautiful artwork to their amazing musical productions, the students at Perkins never cease to impress and inspire. Such is the standard of education set by the school's administration.

Perkins International does not sweep into countries with a short-term solution at hand. Instead, the international division at Perkins builds local capacity and empowers local communities to develop long term sustainable educational services. In this way, Perkins is able to have a meaningful impact in 98 countries across the globe. The dedicated staff at Perkins and the incredibly supportive Board are constantly developing creative solutions to impossible problems.

It is rare that one finds a non-profit that is so well run both at a domestic and international level.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not try to fix what isn't broken. Perkins has always stayed true to its core mission and philosophy and this has proved to be an effective strategy.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former student and later a former teacher at Perkins, I was impressed by the emphasis which the school has placed on the creation of educational programs which served specific and varied needs of each individual student. Now, as a current donor to Perkins, I am greatly impressed by the on-going efforts being made to keep up with and instruct students in current and upcoming technologies, as well as the current planning and execution of the job transition program for individual Perkins students and other young blind and deaf-blind people.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Perkins’ exemplary services and strategies impact more than 500,000 individuals each year in the United States and 67 countries across the globe. Perkins' experience, expertise and commitment are demonstrated through continuous expansion and improvement of research capacity and on-line and in person education, training and technical assistance programs, including:
• Early intervention services for infants and toddlers and
education services for school- age children;
• Teaching literacy through braille;
• Professional development and curricular resources;
• Parent training and instruction;
• Technology advancement and use of accessible
technologies;
• Community outreach and partnerships; and
• International programs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Perkins is one of the best managed nonprofits in the world. It has an excellent and dedicated staff, board and committed volunteers, innovative programming and most importantly, a sense of family and a big heart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their programs to serve more communities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a business leader in the Boston area, I am involved with many non-profits. While there are many important causes, seldom do you encounter one with such a history and such a solid institution. Perkins School for the Blind was home to Hellen Keller for a while but today that same kind of one on one care is reaching 1000's of blind and deaf blind individuals throughout the world. The school itself is a wonderful landmark in Watertown, Massachusetts with its histroric buildings and campus landscape. It is a perfect setting for the development of the lucky students that can actually live on campus or have access to its many services. Perkins, however, has moved onto much larger horizons. They are effectively leveraging their skills with blind and deaf blind individuals to help school districts across the US and reaching out all across the globe to help children and adults with vision handicaps. They do this with professionalism and compassion but it is their commitment and the commitment of their supporters that is truly remarkable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more resources to allow Perkins to extent their reach around the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a donor, but, more importantly, a parent. My son attended the Perkins Outreach Program for many years and it was so important for him to be with other students who were visually impaired. The staff is AMAZING and the people who direct the Outreach Program are totally invested in the students. My son is 22 and still talks about his experiences with Outreach.
My husband and I are also corporators and we have served on different committees over the years. Perkins is always thinking ahead and they have implemented a strategic plan that will help their students find jobs and live independently. The organization is solid and a truly wonderful place!!!!

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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