Assistive Device Center
Staff and volunteers collaborate with teachers, families, therapists and students to craft custom adaptive equipment and learning materials for every classroom on campus and many schools throughout New England.
Commercially available adaptive equipment doesn’t always meet the unique needs of our students. Some kids may require special accommodations for seating or positioning, and others may need items to optimize the vision they have. The products the ADC designs and constructs help students access learning and communication by stabilizing learning materials, organizing their space, managing the day, and so much more. Most importantly, ADC devices help students realize exploring the sensory world around them is pretty cool!
Staff and volunteers collaborate with teachers, families, therapists and students to craft solutions and environmental modifications to solve real-world problems.
They use readily available, low-cost materials such as cardboard, wood, plastics and fabrics. They construct and mount modifications enabling the effective use of commercially available products. ADC items are safe, functional, durable, attractive, and always designed to improve students’ lives.
Learn more about services and opportunities provided by the Assistive Device Center.
If you have or work with a Perkins student, and are interested in a product or modification, contact the ADC to start the process. The ADC also occasionally builds equipment for children not serviced by Perkins.
Interested individuals and groups are invited to visit the ADC to learn how to fabricate adaptive equipment. If you are not a Perkins employee, fees for time and materials will apply.
Arrange a workshop tailored to your group’s specific needs! We’ll provide instruction and can even gear materials to meet specific needs. Topic-based classes are also regularly offered.
Support the development of custom adaptive equipment and learning materials at the Assistive Device Center. With the help of your generous contribution, our students will be prepared for all of life’s opportunities.
Nancy Jarzombek Volunteer with the Assistive Device Center
“It means a lot to me to be part of the Assistive Device Center family. In this time of shut-down and social distance, my weekly painting assignments have become a touchstone, keeping me part of a larger effort to help out — and reminding me what’s really important in the world!”
Perkins School for the Blind
It is an exciting day for Sara Catalina Martin-Avilés. Sara, a 4-year-old with cerebral palsy needs special accommodation for seating. The Adaptive Design Center in Yucatan, Mexico built their first chair for Sara.
If you have or work with a Perkins student, and are interested in a product or modification, contact the ADC. The ADC also occasionally builds equipment for children not serviced by Perkins.
People with woodworking, painting, sewing, crafting, electronics or design skills are encouraged to join our group.
Check out our Building Guides if you’d like to try building some yourself!
The Perkins Assistive Device Center team is excited to help your school or community group lend a hand today. Email us to get started organizing your next project!