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Timothy Poulsen, Perkins Assistive Device Center

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When he lays down in his “little room” or sensory play area, Timothy rocks back and forth as he reaches out for his favorite hanging objects, letting out excited yelps of satisfaction as he bangs together a bell and metal spoon.

“When he wants something, he’ll light up and reach for it,” exclaims his proud mother, Katherine Poulsen.

With the help of assistive devices, two-and-a-half-year-old Timothy, who has visual and hearing impairments, is making sense of his world. Learn more.

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Holiday Concerts

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Dec. 10th @ 7:30 pm
Dec. 13th @ 3:00 pm

Howe Building
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Come and be a part of a Perkins' holiday tradition. Our annual concerts are a great way to get into the holiday spirit with the harmonious sounds of the season.

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10% Off Assistive Devices

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Do you know someone who has difficulty reading or performing daily living tasks? Give the gift of independence to someone you love!

Shop our 10% sale on assistive technology devices. Restrictions apply. Click for details.

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Check out our extensive searchable database of online resources covering all topics related to blindness and visual impairment. Start searching today.

INSIDE STORY: Assistive Devices

Girl filling a container with bird seed with a cone device.Inside Perkins Assistive Device Center, staff and volunteers skillfully design and craft materials to empower individuals with disabilities to learn, explore, and accomplish tasks independently.

A young girl sits up and is alert at the dinner table thanks to a seat insert for her regular chair. A toddler who is visually impaired develops his curiosity by reaching for toys hanging down in a customized sensory play area. An older student with limited motor abilities practices vocational skills and packages candy with the help of a jig that holds open the plastic bag.

“We build the equipment the kids need to better access all aspects of their education,” explains Occupational Therapist Molly Campbell.

Learn more about customized materials made in Perkins Assistive Device Center.

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Where in the World is Perkins?

Teacher working with a student on an experience book.When Vula Maria Ikonomidis saw people making furniture out of corrugated cardboard at Perkins Assistive Device Center, she immediately knew this could be a valuable skill for teachers and parents of children with disabilities in Brazil.

After studying at Perkins, Iknonomidis returned to AHIMSA, a school for children who are deafblind or have multiple disabilities in Brazil where she works as a program coordinator. She and AHIMSA's team launched a project teaching parents and professionals how to make low cost adapted furniture and other assistive devices from cardboard.

At AHIMSA, families are learning to construct and use customized assistive devices that are affordable and help their children with disabilities develop skills and increase independence.

Learn more about AHIMSA and Perkins International.


Breaking Ground: Lower School Construction

A Lower School student gets to try out equipment with help from On November 2 Perkins broke ground on an exciting $30 million construction and renovation project to update the 100-year-old Lower School. A new schoolhouse will serve elementary- through middle-school-age students, and historic structures will be re-fit as students residences and administrative space. The project will be financed through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. Visit our website to learn more, read news coverage and to suggest items to include in our Lower School Time Capsule.

Student & Technology Center Launches New Era at Perkins

Student and teacher signing in front of a computer.A generous grant from the Grousbeck Family Foundation kicked off a fundraising effort to build, staff, and equip the Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology. The 17,000-square-foot center will vastly broaden Perkins’ ability to integrate technology into every phase of a Perkins education. Learn more.

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this holiday season

Register at OneCause, a free online shopping community, and save when you shop. A percentage of every eligible purchase is donated to Perkins.

Buy Perkins Holiday Cards! Show your support by sending holiday cards showcasing Perkins' student artwork to friends & family this year.

Start 2010 with a Perkins calendar. Images of students, teachers and families we serve mark the start of each month!


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