For the Media


For media inquiries:
Media & Public Relations Director
Marilyn Rea Beyer
Office: 617-972-7478
Mobile: 617-513-5569

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Our Experts

Insight on blindness education, assistive technology, living with deafblindness and more.

Perkins' speakers bureau showcases the unique perspectives of the exceptional individuals who drive Perkins’ mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities around the globe. Speakers include an alumna who is deafblind, our executive team and internationally-renowned activists. All of them will inform, inspire and motivate your workplace or community. 

To book a speaker contact Media & Public Relations Director Marilyn Rea Beyer at 617-972-7478 or

Dave Power

Dave Power is Perkins President and CEO and also the parent of a Perkins graduate. As a consultant to innovative companies around the globe, he brings novel ideas for successful growth strategies to commercial and non-profit entities. His book “The Curve Ahead” defines a new way forward. Ask him about winning strategies both in the corporate world and education. 

Joann Becker

Joann Becker is hands-on, especially with the technology she uses to access information, entertainment and communication. Becker, who is blind, helps people with impaired vision find high-tech ways to adapt. Years in product development give her credibility. Life experience gives her insight. Ask her about what technology is available to make the world more accessible to people who are blind. 

Kim Charlson

Kim Charlson, Perkins Library Director and the American Council of the Blind’s first woman president, is a barrier-breaking activist and world-renowned expert on literacy. Charlson, who is blind, led the drive to make ATMs talk and advises policy makers on topics from quiet cars to accessible currency. Ask her about literacy and giving people who are blind equal access to the community.

Jaimi Lard

Jaimi Lard loves adventure. This Perkins Deafblind Program alumna has windsurfed in California, swung from a trapeze and testified before Congress. Lard fiercely focuses on ability, not disability. Her talks at schools, universities, professional and civic groups prove how alike we all are. Ask her about communication including how that happens with someone who is deafblind. Read more about Jaimi »