Founded in 1829, Perkins School for the Blind was America’s first school for children with visual impairments. Today, Perkins seeks to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, tools and skills they need to realize their potential.
At its historic campus in Watertown, Mass., Perkins School for the Blind offers accredited residential and day programs for students from 3 to 22 years who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities. Students engage in programs including academics, arts and music, athletics, physical therapy, prevocational training, independent living skills and more.
Perkins serves children who are blind or visually impaired at every stage of life through its Early Learning Center (ages 3-6), Lower School (ages 5-14) and Secondary Program (ages 14-22). The Perkins Deafblind Program provides academic classes and vocational readiness programs for students with multiple sensory disabilities. Many students choose to live on campus in one of 15 residential cottages where they learn independent living skills like cooking, cleaning and self-care.
Support services for all students include health services, physical and occupational therapy, speech language, counseling, music therapy and social services. Residential and day students also take advantage of adaptive physical education facilities, including a pool, two indoor tracks, an adaptive outdoor track and the Pappas Horticulture Center, where they participate in horticulture therapy and learn how to care for plants. The Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology features a student center with state-of-the-art technology, a music room and an accessible Internet radio studio where students produce programming for Radio Perkins. The Grousbeck Center is also home to Perk Café, a campus coffee shop where student employees practice vocational and customer-service skills.