Children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind will benefit from a comprehensive evaluation conducted by experts at Perkins School for the Blind. We know these children have unique learning needs – and Perkins can help.
How Perkins can help
Why is Perkins the go-to evaluation provider?
Perkins is proud of our reputation as an educational leader of the visually impaired. We’re also proud of our proven track record of providing thorough, effective evaluation services for more than 30 years, which includes:
- A team of experts in visual impairment who work daily with children like yours
- Timely, objective and comprehensive evaluations
- Thorough, customized reports with specific recommendations
- Follow-up consulting and progress monitoring
Why would my child benefit from a Perkins evaluation?
Formally evaluating a child’s strengths and needs allows teachers and parents to develop individualized education programs that provide the best learning experiences for each student. Our experts can assess a specific area of development, such as cognition, communication, motor or vision-related compensatory skills, or provide a comprehensive evaluation in several areas. This approach allows evaluations to be customized.
What can I expect during the evaluation process?
The evaluation takes one to two days to complete on the Perkins campus.
We use a team approach, which includes teachers and related service professionals who work directly with the students enrolled in one of our on-campus programs. Our evaluation teams have unparalleled knowledge of and experience with students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities.
After the evaluation is completed, Perkins will provide a comprehensive evaluation report with recommendations for the student's educational program and community environment.
What does a Perkins evaluation cover?
Perkins’ assessment areas include:
- Educational Skills
- Psychological Assessments
- Speech and Language, Communication
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Orientation and Mobility
- Functional Low Vision
- Expanded Core Curriculum areas and more
Do I have to apply for admission to Perkins in order to pursue an evaluation?
No. All children and young adults, ages 3-21, who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for evaluation services at Perkins.
How do I request an evaluation?
To refer a student for an evaluation:
- Complete a Perkins evaluation form. Choose the form that’s most appropriate for your child:
- Early Learning Center Evaluation Information Form (ages 3-6)
- Lower School Evaluation Information Form (ages 6-14)
- Secondary Program Evaluation Form (ages 14-21)
- Deafblind Program Evaluation Form (ages 3-21)
- Write a request that states the assessments being requested and information about who or what agency will be responsible for the cost of the evaluation.
- Gather all educational, clinical, related services and medical records pertaining to your child. Refer to the Required Paperwork Checklist for all necessary application materials and use it to organize your referral packet:
- Required Paperwork Checklist
Once we receive your complete application, the Perkins evaluation team will review the materials and contact you to discuss the team’s recommendation for scheduling an evaluation.
Testimonials about Perkins’ evaluations
“Extremely useful in developing her IEP.” – Principal & Special Education LEA in New Hampshire
“We thank you for the efficient and very informative evaluation. The report gave us validation and information that makes moving forward with more focus possible.” – Special Education team in Connecticut
“This evaluation was amazing. The report was written clear and concise. I am excited to put these recommendations into action. Thank you for all you do.” – Parent in Massachusetts
“This was a life-changing experience for me and [my child].” – Parent in New York
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