When people think of Perkins School for the Blind, they often picture our historic Watertown campus, with its gothic tower and quaint courtyards. Since 1912, this is where thousands of students who are blind have come to receive an education and acquire skills to live independent, fulfilling lives.
Today, our campus remains a vibrant hub of activity, but Perkins’ reach extends well beyond its walls. You’ll find Perkins educators working in public schools across Massachusetts and Perkins-trained teachers bringing desperately-needed services to kids who are blind in developing countries around the world.
The stories in this issue of Perspectives take you everywhere Perkins is – from Boston’s Fenway Park to a school for the blind in Argentina.
You’ll travel to the Balkan nation of Bulgaria, where students like David and Ivana are receiving life-changing educational services from teachers trained by Perkins experts. Our cover story on Perkins International Academy takes you to Guatemala and Indonesia, where government ministries are partnering with Perkins to educate the world’s most vulnerable children.
Of course, you’ll also read about the incredible work being done closer to home – whether it’s a weeklong sensory tour of Boston for public school students with visual impairment, or a creatively adapted game of T-ball that allows students of all abilities to experience the thrill of victory.
Perkins’ commitment to educating all students with visual impairment, from Watertown to the Philippines, is championed by our leadership team. In April, President and CEO Dave Power and four members of our Board of Trustees spent time with Perkins partners in Serbia and Croatia, engaging in dialogue with teachers and families. Conversations like these will inform future strategic decisions at Perkins and help us continue expanding our reach in countries where we’re needed most.
Reaching more students, families and teachers is our ultimate goal. We’ll be telling their stories in this magazine and on our blog at Perkins.org, so you can follow along on the journey – wherever it takes us.