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Perkins Spokesperson Jaimi Lard has a conversation using tactile sign language
Perkins Spokesperson Jaimi Lard has a conversation using tactile sign language

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.” – Helen Keller  

Losing your vision never has to mean losing your independence or holding back from doing the things you love to do. At Perkins, we believe that with proper encouragement, guidance, and resources, every person has the ability to develop to his or her full potential and to flourish.

History Makers and Trailblazers: Inspiring True Life Stories

Jaimi Lard, a former Perkins student and our current spokesperson, has been deaf and blind since birth but never let that stop her from having adventures. Whether she is swinging from a trapeze bar, trying windsurfing, or testifying before members of Congress on disabilities legislation, Jaimi has always been up for a challenge.

Every day, inspiring individuals like Jaimi continue the legacy of historical figures like Helen Keller, the famous student of Perkins’ “miracle worker” Anne Sullivan and Louis Braille, who as a teenager invented the tactile braille reading system and made a world of information accessible by fingertip.

These determined trailblazers show others living with disabilities what is possible when you refuse to believe it can’t be done.