Perkins student Laura Bridgman was the first person with deafblindness to learn to read and write.
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Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller dramatically changed the world's perception of individuals with disabilities.
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Helen Keller, who attended Perkins, is considered by many to be a leading figure of the 20th century.
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In 1786, Valentin Haüy, founder of the world’s first school for the blind in Paris, devised a printing system that could be read with the fingertips. His invention paved the way for future innovations in tactile reading materials, including braille.
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The Perkins Kindergarten, opened in 1887, drew pupils from all over the country.
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Deafblind education has evolved from the days of Laura Bridgman to the 21st century.
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Schedule a free guided tour through the Perkins Museum by filling out a tour request.
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The Hayes Research Library is a resource for researchers, the Perkins community, professionals, parents and the public.
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The Perkins Archives include collections related to the history of Perkins and the education of the blind and deafblind.
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The Perkins Museum works in partnership with the Hayes Research Library and Perkins Archives to preserve the history of Perkins and blindness education and share it with the world.
We welcome questions by email, phone or in person. Our Frequently Asked Questions has additional information about some common Research Library questions.
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Perkins has always been a leader in encouraging students who are blind to participate in sports and athletics.
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When she was just 10 years old, Helen Keller launched a fundraising drive to help a poor boy who was deafblind come to Perkins.