At Perkins School for the Blind, we believe there is no challenge too big, or too small, to tackle.
Societal bias, unemployment, inaccessible systems, global teaching shortages – these are large-scale issues affecting people with visual impairment and disability around the world.
But what about the smaller issues that people with visual impairment encounter every day, like finding a seat in a crowded cafeteria or filling out paper medical forms at the doctor’s office?
We think these are problems worth solving, too.
This spring, we held our first-ever hackathon, where we asked college students from across the country to design tech-based solutions to some persistent problems of blindness. Their dedication and creativity was truly an inspiration, and proved to me how important it is for us to create these opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
Of course, our work to reduce the unemployment rate among adults who are blind continues, including making sure our students have the skills and experience to find a job when they graduate. This summer, we’re holding our World of Work program, which pairs teenagers who are blind with summer job opportunities at organizations like Boston University and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Let the resume-building begin!
None of our efforts would be possible without your support. Thank you for your partnership and helping us break down barriers – both big and small – for people who are blind everywhere.
W. David Power
President and CEO