Assistive Technology

A woman holding an iPhone standing behind a podium addressing an audience
January 13, 2017
Mass Innovation Night’s crowd honors Perkins’ smartphone app that helps people who are blind locate bus stops.
A headshot of Arnie Harris
November 11, 2016
Arnie Harris has taught music at Perkins for more than 30 years.
Antoine Laham works with Amanda, who is smiling and holding his hands as he gestures.
November 7, 2016
Employees who are visually impaired are an essential part of Perkins’ diverse and productive workforce.
Hands positioning pegs on an old-fashioned arithmetic slate
November 4, 2016
Mathematics has always been taught at Perkins, but the tools and techniques have evolved over the past century.
A young man who is blind, wearing a suit and tie, sits at a table for a job interview.
November 4, 2016
Perkins teams up with Harvard Extension School to launch online course promoting more inclusive hiring policies.
A young man places his face in a cardboard creation that sits on top of a table
November 2, 2016
Creative students from the NuVu school build toys to encourage a Perkins student to use her eye prosthesis.
Two students in Africa reading a braille book.
September 30, 2016
In 22 countries and counting, the Marrakesh Treaty will make more accessible books available for people who are blind.
Dave Power and Bill Oates stand in front of an MBTA bus
September 20, 2016
New smartphone app helps commuters who are blind find bus stops and travel more independently.
Three people talking using sign language
September 2, 2016
Optimus Ride partners with Perkins to test self-driving technology that will revolutionize transportation for people who are blind.
A young woman using an iPad sits next to her guide dog
August 18, 2016
Q&A with Bill Oates: Why non-accessible websites are no longer good enough for governments and businesses.

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