Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins Insight Issue VII


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Perkins International
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Friday, June 13 @ 11 am, Perkins Campus

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Erica Costa
Perkins Alumna & Bridgewater State Student

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During her Junior year, Erica Costa decided she wanted to go to college to become a social worker.

Because she is blind and hearing impaired, Erica’s path to college required strategic planning and special considerations.

Would she live on campus or commute? What would she do for transportation? How would she get the technology equipment and supports she needed to excel in her classes? How would she manage daily living skills while keeping up her studies?

Learn more.


School-to-Work: Developing Transitional Portfolios for Students with Significant Disabilities

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School-to-Work is a manual that provides both a framework for developing meaningful vocation activities as well as a template from which to develop transition portfolios for adolescent age students with significant disabilities.

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Information Clearinghouse on Blindness & Visual Impairment

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In making the transition from the school years to adult life, students who are blind or visually impaired need information and advice specific to their needs. Visit our website to find links to online resources for students, parents, families, and professionals.



School to work... and community... and culture

Photo. Student filling candy bin at a storeAs the summer approaches, high school seniors everywhere are anxiously awaiting their big day. 

But preparing for graduation day should start long before trying on caps and gowns. For students with visual impairments or multiple disabilities, the transition from school to adult life requires careful planning, skill building, and a support network of family, educators, and social service agencies.

Through transition planning, students and parents set goals and make sure their education prepares them with the academic, daily living, and social skills to attain them. Plans are made to coordinate the services each student will need to achieve his or her greatest level of independence.

Perkins’ Outreach Services to Students helps students advance their transition planning with programs like our Sampling the World of Work Summer Program and Vocational Exploration Weekend.

Click here for online transition planning resources or click here to view a reading list from the Perkins Outreach Institute on Transition


Advocate for increased federal funding for Deafblind

The National Coalition on Deafblindness is seeking a $2 million increase above the President's FY09 budget request to address the needs of children who are deafblind and their families.

The 46 state and regional project centers that support the deafblind community have not had a budget increase in over 20 years, despite a doubling of the population of children who are deafblind over that same time period.

At a time when remarkable advances in medicine and technology are enabling many more of these infants and children to survive and live longer, it is important for Congress to recognize the need for increased support. Because of the continuing budget shortfalls, however, these children are receiving fewer services, and programs providing the services increasingly have to operate with fewer well-trained personnel. Act today.

Perkins International

Where in the World is Perkins?

Photo. Spencer making cookies with his mother.Thanks to the skills he acquired at Escuela Helen Keller in Peru, a 17-year-old boy who is visually impaired with cerebral palsy is overcoming obstacles.

Spencer is getting ready to graduate from Escuela Helen Keller, a school offering educational opportunities to 110 children who are deafblind or blind with other disabilities. During his time there, he learned valuable cooking skills. Spencer developed confidence working in a pasta factory run by the school and now makes cookies in his home, which he sells to the community. Spencer’s mother has renewed hope for her son’s future.

Learn more.


Perkins hosts the first "Envision the Future... Transition from School to Adult Life" Conference

The all-day conference attracted over 150 students, family members, and professionals, and the valuable input of 40 presenters and 40 exhibitors.

Co-sponsored by Perkins, the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) and New England Center Deafblind Project (NEC) the event focused on a wide array of issues including living options, post secondary education, and employment.

Visit us online to download conference materials

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