As you read this issue of Perspectives, I challenge you to figure out what all the stories have in common – besides a connection to Perkins School for the Blind, of course.
Stories in this issue touch on every facet of our mission. You’ll read a charming article about Perkins’ beloved Toy Library, which puts educational toys in the hands of children who are blind. And a story about the ingenious ways people with visual impairments accomplish daily tasks, large and small, without the benefit of vision.
But there’s more. There’s a remarkable article about parents in three countries who refused to take “no” for an answer when their children with multiple disabilities were denied access to a quality education. And a story with a sprinkle of Hollywood glamour, about a Perkins graduate who worked with actor Ben Affleck.
What do all these stories have in common?
You. Your generosity and support for Perkins made every one of these stories possible.
The fact is, every Perkins story starts with you. Whether you’re a volunteer, parent or educational partner, you make our work possible. You help the students we serve get the education, training and encouragement they need to follow their dreams.
If you’ve made a donation to Perkins, your generosity prepares students who are blind (on and off our campus) to succeed academically, learn essential life skills, master technology and explore career options. You also help fund our educational and teacher-training programs in local communities, across the United States and around the world.
As you read this issue, I hope you know how much we appreciate your support. Every time we hear about a Perkins student who has gone on to achieve a personal goal or accomplish something extraordinary, we think about your support. We can’t do what we do without you.
You’ve made a real difference for children and young adults who are blind. And you’ve made every story in this issue of Perspectives possible. Thank you.