All children can learn – and thrive. That’s our global vision.
Every day millions of children with visual impairment around the world are denied the education they need to unlock their full potential. Perkins International works to break the isolation and neglect these children face, transforming their futures through the power of learning.
We are global leaders in the education of children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities, including deafblindness. Our mission is to ensure that all underserved children and young adults with visual impairment receive a high-quality education that enriches their lives and prepares them for an active role in their families, schools and communities.
More than 46 million children and young adults around the world have a visual impairment
Roughly half of this population has an additional disability
Fewer than one in 10 children with visual impairment goes to school
Building local partnerships.
We work with hundreds of local partners: schools, orphanages, daycare facilities, teacher training programs, government agencies, family advocacy groups and more. Powered by our expert training and strategic support, our partners help us transform the educational landscape in their regions. The end result is sustainable improvements to blindness education around the world.
Teaching the teachers.
It takes a complex set of skills to teach children with visual impairment. In many regions, educators often lack the training required to do the job. That’s why we’re committed to increasing the supply of qualified teachers of the visually impaired – and have been training teachers around the world since 1921.
It’s vital that the families of children with visual impairment have the support they need and a voice that can be heard. We equip families with the resources necessary to become effective caregivers and advocates. This helps ensure that the children we serve also have a reliable support network outside the classroom.
Advocating for change.
Advocacy helps us build a foundation of understanding, acceptance and support for individuals with disabilities. From community outreach efforts with our partners, to working with government officials to enact laws that promote access, inclusion and high-quality education programs, we’re doing our part to build a better world for people with visual impairment.
Every fall a select group of educators from across the globe is invited to Perkins School for the Blind’s historic campus. Every spring they emerge ready to change the world.
Learn more about the ELP
Francis Odongo is attending Perkins’ Educational Leadership Program to discover new ways to help his students in Uganda.
Marianne Riggio receives Perkins’ prestigious Anne Sullivan Macy Medal for service to deafblind community.
Asma Shilpi wants to use her Perkins training to support families in Bangladesh with children who are multiply disabled.