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2021 Perkins global impact for children

This year, when the global pandemic closed schools around the world, Perkins never stopped making progress toward our vision of supporting children to learn and thrive.

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The eve of a new year is a time to reflect: on who we are and where we are heading. Perkins School for the Blind is a global trailblazer, convener, center of excellence and champion for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities- many of whom are out of school. 

We believe every child can learn. In partnership with governments and civil society, we are transforming education and setting new standards for what is possible for children with multiple disabilities. 

This year, when the global pandemic closed schools around the world, Perkins never stopped making progress toward our vision of supporting children to learn and thrive. In 2021:

We identified the learning needs of thousands of children, and intervened to support them with the tools and services they need to learn.

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  • 339,941 children and youth met on their learning journey
  • 12,508 children and youth enrolled in Perkins-supported programs

We developed leaders, mentored educators and unlocked family power. 

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  • 92 ELP graduates led to enhanced education outcomes
  • 81,042 educators improved their knowledge and skills
  • 1,187 family members empowered

We improved school and program quality standards, and fostered awareness and leadership to support systemic change

A woman helps a girl to insert an object  into a bag with pockets hanging from the wall.
  • 80 programs currently receiving Perkins support to improve services
  • 18,346 online visits to Perkins Global Community

We wish you a happy and healthy new year!

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