Vision expertise for your public student – where and when she needs it.
Our teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and deafblind specialists provide direct and consultative services throughout New England to help your child access the curriculum and incorporate the Expanded Core Curriculum skills, like independent living and navigation, into your child’s school day.
Educating the whole child
Students with blindness and visual impairment need more than core academics. The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is an essential, disability-specific curriculum that helps students access core academics and build a foundation for future success. Between budget, teacher resources and time, we know it’s challenging for public schools to adequately address every ECC skill area during the school day. Our experts ensure that skills such as braille, navigation, social skills and self-advocacy are part of your child’s learning every day.
Support where you need it
Our experts work one-on-one with students ages 3 to 22 in the classroom, day care or home environment. We also support mainstream classroom teachers by preparing and adapting learning materials so he can keep up with his peers. Depending on your child’s needs, we offer TVIs, deafblind specialists and certified orientation and mobility specialists. Our experts also provide consultation and assessments to support parents, school districts and medical professionals regarding your student’s sensory disability and that disability’s effect on learning. We also provide professional evaluations of current programs and services in school systems, and conduct workshops, seminars and other professional development courses to support your district’s efforts. Learn more about Public School Services »
We offer Short Courses on weekends, school vacations and summers to supplement your student's social skills, independent living skills and vocational training. Our Short Courses are also an opportunity for your child to meet other peers and role models who are blind.
Focused on the future
Building a Better Day
This five-part course is for parents of young adults with visual impairment and multiple disabilities who want to create an engaging, enriching day customized for their son or daughter’s needs. Sessions are taught by Perkins experts on our Watertown campus and held one Friday per month.
This experiential course gives young adults the skills necessary for workplace success, whether for an internship, summer employment, college work-study job or career. This 10-week Saturday workshop series is designed for young adults ages 15 to 22 who are blind or visually impaired.
Our experts offer one-on-one support that you and your child need to adequately prepare for life in the real world. Together, we can develop a smooth transition plan for your student, whether she is headed to college, the workforce or an independent living arrangement. We share skills assessment strategies and career exploration ideas to promote your student’s self-evaluation and self-directed goals. We also make connections with community employers and offer assistive technology education and support to pave the way for each student’s job success. Learn more about Transition Services »
Evaluation and Assessments
Perkins teachers and therapists offer consultation and support to parents, educators, school districts and medical professionals regarding a student’s sensory disability, and that disability’s effect on learning. We also provide professional evaluations of current programs and services in school systems, and conduct workshops, seminars and other professional development courses.