Secondary Featured Classes and Ongoing Projects
We believe that our students are just as capable of academic achievement as mainstream students. In addition to academics, we offer courses in the areas that students who are visually impaired typically need extra preparation. We offer key classes that prepare them for their lives as productive and happy members of the community.
- Adult Living: This course teaches students how to look for housing, how to access medical care, about general safety including Red Cross First Aid and explains electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. It also shows them how to pay bills, develop a support system, and more.
- Vocational Planning: This course teaches students how to prepare their resumes, create plans for after their graduation, visiting colleges or potential job sites, tackle the job application process, and more.
Ongoing projectsBecause of Perkins' history and reputation, many organizations want to partner with our program and our students. Here are just a few of the projects we are involved in to give our students rich educational experiences.
- Several field trips of Perkins students have gone down to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod to work with Dr. Amy S. Bower, an oceanographer who is blind. More information about the Collaboration between WHOI and Perkins School for the Blind is available online.
- We have partnered with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to show our students the world of art. Museum staff members have visited the Perkins campus to teach students about art, and students visit the museum on a regular basis. The MFA has also set up exhibits specifically for our students to give them access to fine art.