About Perkins School for the Blind

Aerial view of the Perkins campus.

Aerial view of the Perkins campus on the Charles River in Watertown, Mass.

Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world. Our five areas of focus support Perkins’ aspirational mission. Our organization is driven by a proven team of experts and supported by a community that's committed to upholding our core values. Our history of excellence pushes us to actively seek the next innovation the world holds. We are Perkins – ever evolving to meet the challenge.

Core Values

While the world has changed since Perkins’ founding, our fundamental beliefs have remained constant. Our Core Values guide and inspire our work every day.

  • Excellence in Education
    We pursue excellence and innovation to enable all students to reach their full potential. 
  • Tradition
    We look to our legacy to inform our future.
  • Empowerment
    We work to ensure that every person has the opportunity to make their voice heard.
  • Integrity
    We behave in a way that is honest and principled.
  • Accessibility
    We strive to be a model of accessibility in our actions and attitudes, fostering and advocating for an environment of inclusion.


The Perkins mission is to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, confidence and skills they need to realize their potential.

Areas of Focus

Perkins consists of five distinct lines of business that collaborate on local, national and global levels that work together every day to change what it means to be blind.

  • Perkins School for the Blind, which serves approximately 200 students on campus, and operates as the headquarters for our Community Services programs including itinerant services, independence courses for public school students, evaluations and assessments for communities, and training for professionals. Perkins day & residential programs have been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • Perkins International, which impacts the lives of thousands of children, families, educators and professionals every year. Perkins International works to develop sustainable capacity in 67 countries through local, on-the-ground partnerships, and provides resources, training and advocacy to improve the lives of the 4.5 million children around the world without access to education due to blindness.
  • Perkins Solutions, which provides innovative assistive technology products and consulting services to people, organizations and governments around the world to empower people who are blind or visually impaired to reach their full potential. Product offerings range from the classic mechanical Perkins Brailler to the accessible mobile app BlindWays as well as Perkins Access digital accessibility consulting services. 
  • Perkins eLearning, an online portal designed to provide resources and support to anyone, anywhere, in the field of blindness education. Perkins eLearning leverages our reputation as a teacher of teachers by offering high-quality webcasts and webinars on a variety of topics. We also provide professional development and graduate level credits to educators through online workshops. A recent grant from the Gates Foundation for Perkins eLearning is providing financial support for this critical sharing of resources.
  • Perkins Library, which circulates more than 530,000 items in braille, audio, electronic and large print formats to about 28,000 patrons in the U.S. The Library has served patrons since 1835 and is one of the oldest accessibility services in the country.