Overview

Connecting children and families to support services, learning and fun.

We support children with visual impairments and deafblindness and their families, as well as school districts throughout New England. Our Infant-Toddler Program is the first point of contact for every family in Massachusetts following their child’s diagnosis, and we provide them with specialty services, education, guidance and emotional support. Our expert teachers and specialists work virtually and in-person in schools throughout the region. Through our Outreach Short Courses, we provide fun, accessible and educational opportunities to more than 1,200 children of all ages. In everything we do, we strive to help children and families learn, build connections and have some fun with new friends along the way!

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What we do

Community programs for ages birth to young adult.

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Infant-Toddler
(Ages birth-3)

We provide the educational services and family support every child with a visual impairment or deafblindness needs during the earliest years of development. Our early intervention services are administered in-person, over the phone and online.

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School-age services (Ages 3-22)

Our teachers and deafblind specialists work in schools to help children access their curriculum and incorporate skills like independent living and navigation into their school day.

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Outreach
(Ages 7-22)

Outreach offers fun, educational and accessible extracurricular opportunities to public school students who are blind or visually impaired across the U.S.

We work to:

Educate the whole child

We focus on core academics and a disability-specific curriculum that helps students build social, independent living, mobility and other life skills for future success.

Meet families where they are

In school, at home and on campus, we provide children and families with access to one-on-one expertise, group support and the chance to connect with other families.

Help every child as an individual

Every child is unique, and we get that. So we support parents, school districts and medical professionals to meet the needs of every individual child.

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Our team

Meet the skilled individuals behind Perkins’ Community Programs.

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    Teri Turgeon

    Education Director
    Meet Teri
  • Headshot of Brenda Allair

    Brenda Allair

    Infant-Toddler Coordinator
  • Headshot of Courtney Wescott

    Courtney Wescott

    Supervisor of Outreach Short Courses
    Meet Courtney
  • Headshot of Kristen Clark

    Kristen Clark

    Assistant Education Director

Hear from our community.

Nick Claudio Outreach participant

“Outreach gave me the opportunity to meet lifelong friends who also have visual impairments, learn how to become independent and explore all sorts of fun activities I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.”

Latest news & stories

Our community by the numbers: Behind these statistics are families and friendships.

40 yearsSupporting babies and their families for four decades and counting. 

15+ different coursesSpace Camp, NEVI Winter Ski Camp, employment opportunities – we have so many engaging and educational courses for students.

1,000+ familiesEvery year, our itinerant teachers serve more than 1,000 students, in their schools, across New England.

Get in touch

We’re here to help.

Getting started with our Infant Toddler Program is easy. Start here.

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Explore our school district services.

Our teachers are ready to go where they’re needed most to help kids in need.