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Canine Catering Class, Perkins Deafblind Program

Photo. Student rolling out dough to make dog biscuits.

Excited to make tasty treats for his dog Daisy, Win walks into the kitchen and goes straight for the sink to wash his hands.

He ties on an apron, puts on his baker’s hat, and chooses appropriately sized plastic gloves from one of the boxes on the wall. He’s ready to start mixing.

Win, 15, spends Wednesday mornings in Canine Catering class with friends in the Deafblind Program.

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Family Holiday Concerts
Dec. 11 at 7:30 pm
Dec. 14 at 3:00 pm

Photo. Student playing handbells

Enjoy the following groups:
The Music Makers
The Upper School Chorus
Chamber Singers
The Handbell Ensemble
Various vocal soloists

Dwight Hall
Howe Building
175 North Beacon Street Watertown

These concerts are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Clean to the Touch: Housekeeping for Teenagers and Young Adults with Visual Impairments

Book Cover. Clean to the Touch

This manual is designed to present easy-to-use, step-by-step techniques that enable people with visual impairments to undertake housecleaning tasks with ease and effectiveness. Though designed for adolescents, these techniques are helpful for people of all ages, including adults experiencing vision loss. Learn more.

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Information Clearinghouse on Blindness & Visual Impairment

Logo. Perkins Information Clearinghouse

The Cooking and Kitchen Safety section is full of practical tips to make cooking and meal preparation safe and easy for people with blindness or visual impairments. Information covers the full range of activities: grocery shopping, kitchen accommodations, selection of appliances, and techniques for measuring, pouring, and cooking. Learn more.


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Adapted Cooking: A Recipe for Independence

Photo. Young girl cutting a bannana.As we celebrate the holidays with families and friends, food is an important part of entertaining, socializing, honoring tradition and creating memories.

At this time of year, families spend quality time in the kitchen and at the dining room table. Cooking and mealtime present incredible learning opportunities particularly for children with disabilities not just during the holidays but all year round.

“Food is such a part of our culture,” says Cindy Coon, a teacher in Perkins’ Lower School.

For 20 years now Coon has been teaching techniques in food preparation and finding creative ways to make cooking fun and accessible for students with disabilities. “Food is part of a set of traditions and it’s important for our kids to understand the meanings,” she insists.

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Question 1 defeated in Massachusetts

In our last issue of Insight, we asked you to vote "no" on Question 1. The measure to cut state income tax was defeated by a 70% vote.

This issue we wanted to thank our many supporters and other concerned citizens who realized the devastating consequences this measure could have on educational opportunities for our children and other services we provide to babies, students, and older citizens throughout the Commonwealth.

Perkins International

Where in the World is Perkins?

Photo. Brian packing breadFrom their home in Kenya, Catherine and Joseph Shiroko run a life skills training center that is bringing newfound hope to young people who are deafblind and their families.

At the Brian Resource Center, named after the Shirokos’ son, young adults are learning valuable skills like baking, craft making, and tending to livestock. The project’s goal is empowering people who are deafblind to realize their full potential and to combat the social stigma and isolation faced by people with disabilities and their families.

“The goal for them is to create opportunities,” says Aubrey Webson of Perkins International.

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Perkins launches latest Webcast on Early Literacy

Deidre Leech presenting on Early LiteracyDeirdre Leech, M.Ed., presents our newest webcast, "Early Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities or Deafblindness," which focuses on techniques and adaptations that teachers and parents can employ to encourage literacy at an early age.

You can also view additional on demand webcasts, including "Meal-Time Skills," on our website and sign up for insider benefits. Learn more.

Webcasts are made possible with support from The Gibney Family Foundation.

Help Perkins Spread Holiday Cheer

Cover of 2009 Perkins CalendarLooking for meaningful, but inexpensive holiday gifts for your friends, family and colleagues? Consider the 2009 calendar and holiday cards featuring student artwork for sale online. Visit our website today

We also have a gallery of free holiday eCards, also featuring artwork from our students. Send one today

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Perkins School
for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
Phone 617-924-3434
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