Meet a few of our 2022 graduates

Perkins celebrates the 2022 graduates and all of their accomplishments throughout their time at Perkins.

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A sneak peek of Perkins’ Class of 2022

Here are a few of the faces of the Class of 2022 from our Deafblind School, Secondary School, Compass, and Educational Leadership Program.

Standing, Kimi arranges purple and cream-colored flowers in a flower pot.
Kimi arranges flowers in vases and delivers them throughout the community as part of her vocational training sessions.

Meet Kimi

Kimi , who started at Perkins in 2004, is a graduate of the Perkins Deafblind School. Her favorite activity at Perkins is flower work, arranging bud vases and then delivering them to Belmont Manor nursing home. Kimi is looking forward to her future post-graduation because she’ll have more time to hang out with her older brother!

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Meet John

John, a Secondary School graduate who started at Perkins in 2009, has many things he’s going to miss about Perkins, including school concerts, walks with friends, and, of course, the food on campus! John’s favorite activities are watering plants and shopping at the Perk Café.

Girl standing next to horse petting the horse
Kim nestles up to the eye of a horse named Ben.

Meet Kim

Kim is heading to Reynolds Community College in the fall, with an interest in public policy and disability advocacy and justice. Compass has taught her a lot about independence and confidence.

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Meet Dechen

From Thimphu, Bhutan, Dechen is a teacher for students with disabilities at Changangkha Middle Secondary School. She hopes to bring what she’s learned at Perkins back to
Bhutan so she can help her school
better serve children with multiple
disabilities and their families.

Casual portrait of Ivan

Meet Ivan

From Brazil, Ivan is a teacher at the Instituto Benjamin Constant. He came to Perkins to improve his teaching skills so he can return home and conduct teacher training throughout his country.

Casual portrait of Shefali

Meet Shefali

Shefali is a Special Educator at Resource Centre for Persons in India. “The number of things I’ve seen and learned at Perkins are amazing. I can’t wait to take them back to my country to give more children a better life.”

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