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Dr. Amy Bower, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Amy Bower

When Amy Bower began losing her vision in graduate school, she feared her dream career would be out of reach.

“I knew no one who was blind or visually impaired. I just couldn’t imagine how oceanography could be done with less than normal vision,” Bower admits.

Today Bower is legally blind and works as a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. For young students who are visually impaired and interested in pursuing a science career, Bower is an inspiring role model. Learn more.


Two women particpating a wine taste test with blindfolds

Taste of Perkins
October 6, 2009
5:30 - 7:30 pm

This exciting evening  features blindfolded food and wine tastings, drawings, an auction, and more! Admission is $50 and drawing tickets are $25.

Tickets are still available online and our online auction is open until October 5.

Register for Discover Conference

Discover Conference
October 24, 2009
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This conference brings families & professionals from several states to our campus. Everyone leaves with new skills, strategies and, above all, hope for their children’s success. Register online today.

Additional Sponsors: National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, and the New England Center Deafblind Project.

Visit us online to see What's New at Perkins!


Topaz Desktop Video Magnifier

Topaz 19

Using a video magnifier brings independence into the lives of people who are visually impaired. Printed text, photos and crafts become part of the everyday life of a person who is feeling trapped by their low vision. The Topaz from Freedom scientific is a great example of this low vision solution. Perkins Products carries a large variety of similar products. Learn more.

To see additional product offerings, please visit Perkins Products.


Perkins Scout

Perkins Scout

In this growing online database, you’ll find reliable, authoritative, and up-to-date resources.  Our science education section provides advice, encouragement, and general teaching techniques. Visit Scout and start searching today.


Accessible Science

Teacher guiding a students hand over a 3D model of a cellEvery day in Kate Fraser’s science class students who are visually impaired explore the world around them through touch, sound, smell, movement and critical thinking.

“They are learning more about the world and the way things work … and understanding there are a lot of things in nature that nobody can see,” Fraser explains.

Fraser’s career is dedicated to making science fully accessible to students who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind - inspiring them to explore, experiment, and discover.

She is sharing her knowledge with other teachers to make sure every student, regardless of vision loss or other disabilities, has an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities. With the right adaptations and adjustments, no student needs to be excluded from the science lab. 

Learn more about accessible science

Visit our Accessible Science Website

Check out our website on teaching accessible science, featuring an educational webcast, downloadable activity sheets and a place for you to exchange ideas!

Perkins International

Where in the World is Perkins?

Female student standing in a greenhouse.At the Children’s House for Deafblind in Sergiev Posad, Russia, students with disabilities learn everything from science to the arts through hands-on practical experience.

Whether they are learning about botany in the school’s greenhouse or tending to animals in the horse stables during biology lessons, students acquire social and life skills at the same time they are studying academic subjects.

The Children’s House, a Perkins International partner, is home to 200 residential students with varying degrees of vision and hearing loss and sometimes with additional physical and cognitive disabilities.

Learn more about The Children's House and Perkins International.


Watch our newest webcast on Communications Portfolios

Susan DeCaluwe presents on the development of the Communications PortfolioSusan DeCaluwe presents on the development of the Communications Portfolio for learners with deafblindness and multiple disabilities. This tool is jointly developed by family members and professionals to create a very personalized view of the learner’s communication skills, abilities and challenges. Watch it now.

Perkins Chosen as Official Charity of 2010 B.A.A. Boston Marathon®

2009 Perkins Boston Marathon TeamFor the second consecutive year, we have been chosen as an official charity for the Boston Marathon. Last year’s team (pictured above) raised over $180,000 for Perkins! We're currently recruiting runners for our team. Visit us online for more information and to download an application. The deadline for submitting an application is October 30. 


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