Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown Massachusetts 1 02472
Perkins 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 with or without other disabilities.
Ed Bosso,Superintendent and Executive Director of Educational Programs ,Ed.Bosso@Perkins.org,617 972 7866
Betsy McGinnity,Executive Director of Training & Educational Resources Program
W. David Power,President and CEO
- Assistive Products
- Perkins Products, a division of Howe Press manufactures and sells the Perkins Brailler and sells other products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Evaluation and training are provided. Perkins also produces publications in English and Spanish for families and professionals who work with people who are visually impaired.
- Offers adaptive solutions for greater independence of people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired or learning disabled.
- Provides consultation, technical assistance and training for the development of programs and services for children who are deaf-blind or multihandicapped blind in the United States and in developing countries through the Hilton/Perkins Program. Provides consultation services to professionals and agencies that provide direct services for children who are deaf-blind and their families throughout New England. Provides consultation to community-based early intervention programs.
- Perkins resources for older individuals include:Braille and Talking Book Library; Adaptive Technology, a Division of Perkins Products; and Scout Information Clearinghouse on Blindness & Visual Impairment.
- Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library provides free services in braille, audio and large print formats to 24,000 patrons. Samuel B. Hayes Research Library offers the most recent and complete sources of information on the non-medical aspects of blindness and deafblindness.
- The New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins provides clinical vision examinations, functional vision assessments and visual-skills training. Also provides optical or nonoptical and electronic vision devices. Works with individuals of all ages and specialized in working with individuals with multiple disabilities in making optimal use of their vision.
- Perkins Training Center supports conferences, professional development workshops, in-service training, and courses, for vision and early intervention professionals, school teachers, elder-care providers, medical professionals, community resources, parents, and family members. These programs are offered both on and off campus and topics are selected in collaboration with community partners.
- Supports day and evening parent groups. Works closely with NAPVI, whose headquaters are on campus. Outreach programs have parent training component.
- Educational Partnerships provide O&M, TVI, TDB itinerant based services within the community.