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Kate Crohan
Perkins Technology Teacher

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When Kate Crohan went to school the assistive technologies she teaches to students in Perkins’ classrooms today did not exist.

Crohan, who was born blind, learned everything she needed to know without the aid of talking computers and high tech tools. But today, as a Perkins technology teacher, she merges old and new to enhance her own independence while empowering the next generation.

“I think technology is a bridge to independence,” says Crohan.

Learn more.


Free Technology Product Workshops

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AT, a Division of Perkins Products, offers adaptive solutions for people of all ages who are blind visually impaired or learning disabled. 

Visit our website for a listing of FREE upcoming workshops on such topics as, the National Library Service BARD Program, System Access screen reading software and reading machines.

Visit us online for more information. Space is limited.

You can also visit us online to see What's New at Perkins!


Talking Atomic Clock and Calendar

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Contemporary style clock has large text display and easy to understand female voice. One press of the top button will give you the time, two quick presses will give you the day and date. It is also an alarm clock. In addition to the time, it will announce the month, day of the week and number of the day. The large digital display shows you the time, day and date, in big, bold numbers and letters. Automatically sets the time according your location and time zone. $47.50.

Order online today.

To see additional product offerings, please visit Perkins Products.


Perkins Scout
formerly named the
Information Clearinghouse

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In this growing online database, you’ll find reliable, authoritative, and up-to-date resources covering a range of topics, including general information on blindness, help for families with relatives who are visually impaired, and resources for educators and other professionals.

Visit Scout and start searching today.


Adaptive Devices for Daily Living

Photo. Woman using magnification goggles to read the paper.From talking clocks to magnification tools to a talking handheld device that can tell you what color your shirt is - adaptive products for daily living offer a world of independence to people who are visually impaired.

Amy Halloran, a low vision specialist with Adaptive Technology, a Division of Perkins Products, introduces clients to adaptive products to help them accomplish everyday tasks. When a client with glaucoma thought he would never again be able to read, Halloran solved the problem with solar shields and lighting adaptations to eliminate glare.

“We can really help people come up with a lot of solutions and the goal is to keep them independent,” says Halloran.

Learn more about adaptive devices for daily living.


Perkins Library escapes devastating budget cuts

Thanks to your advocacy, Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library has escaped the devastating budget cuts facing many community programs and services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Your collective voices made a tremendous difference. Advocacy from borrowers and friends of the Perkins Library persuaded legislators not to cut our budget by $350,000 which would have forced drastic service cutbacks.

We are pleased to report that the library secured just over $2.2 million in the upcoming budget cycle. This is the same funding level we had in FY2009. In this unprecedented time of economic challenges, level funding is a triumph.

Please join us in thanking legislators for protecting accessible library services. Click here to send a thank you letter to the Massachusetts Senate President and Speaker of the House recognizing their support.

Perkins International

Where in the World is Perkins?

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Sergei Sorokin, Director of Perkins International holds hands with a young child in Armenia.

With the guidance of Perkins International the Gyumri Children’s Home in Armenia is growing into much more than an orphanage for the 120 children with disabilities who live there.

Perkins has provided teacher training, technical assistance, and support to expand the services offered at the children’s home beyond basic care and to facilitate the home’s transition from an orphanage to a comprehensive educational program.

To reach their fullest potential, children who are visually impaired with other disabilities must receive individualized instruction and support. This expansion from an orphanage-centered facility to an educational-centered program will help ensure children in Armenia receive these opportunities.

Learn more.


President Obama Signs UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

We wish to thank President Barack Obama for signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Friday, July 24, 2009. We celebrate the positive consequences this action will create for children all over the world who are blind, deafblind, or blind with multiple disabilities. Through the work of Perkins International in 63 countries, we have seen first hand the beneficial impact on people’s lives when governments work with blind and deafblind populations. Learn more.

Watch our newest webcast on CHARGE syndrome

In this webcast, Pamela Ryan, Perkins School Psychologist, offers an overview of the characteristic features of CHARGE Syndrome and discusses the very diverse ways these features may manifest themselves in children. She talks about some of the early medical complications that many children face and how these issues affect development and learning. Watch it now.

The future of Perkins Pond is full of POSSIBILITIES!

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that we are receiving a $60,000 Partners in Preservation grant to restore Perkins Pond. This generous grant will help us take the all-important first steps in making Perkins Pond safe, accessible and beautiful again.

Send free summer eCards to your colleagues, friends and family.
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Choose from four heartwarming designs featuring Perkins student artwork. Send an eCard 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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