Perkins International

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.

The Global Challenge

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More than 46 million children and young adults around the world have a visual impairment

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Roughly half of this population has an additional disability

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Fewer than one in 10 children with visual impairment goes to school

Where We Work

Learn more about our worldwide partner network.

Latin America
& the Caribbean

& Eurasia


Middle East
& North Africa

Asia &
the Pacific
Latin America Latin America
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September 13

In East African nation, 43,000 students are benefiting from Perkins International’s teacher training efforts.

Agustina, 9, who is blind, smiles in front of her Perkins Brailler.
August 5

More children like Agustina attend class with their sighted peers, thanks to Perkins International’s partnerships in Argentina.

The Educational Leadership Program Class of 2016.
May 26

Commencement ceremony honors the latest class of global graduates from Perkins’ Educational Leadership Program.