Expanding your child’s potential: Perkins’ first virtual Early Connections Conference

We‘ve captured every minute, so you can watch anytime and learn how you can support young children ages birth to 7 with visual impairment.

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Early intervention is critical for giving children with visual impairments the strongest foundation for learning and skills development from a young age. That’s why we hosted our annual Early Connections Conference virtually, enabling parents, families and professionals from around the globe to learn and benefit. More than 800 people registered for the event, hailing from 45 U.S. states and 37 countries including Indonesia, Bhutan, Gambia and Qatar.

If you missed it, don’t worry — we recorded every session, so dive into them at your convenience.

Start off with the keynote address given by Burju Sari, a teacher of students with visual impairment (TVI) in Perkins’ Community Programs and a mother to 10-year-old twin boys, one of whom has Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI).

Then explore these topic-specific sessions:

Even remotely, we remain committed to uplifting families of young children with visual impairments and additional disabilities.

Here’s how to access more resources, connections and support from Perkins until next year’s Early Connections Conference.

To enroll at Perkins or to request an independent and/or CVI evaluation, please visit us at We are here to help and look forward to speaking with you.

For more information about our services on campus, in the home and in the community for children ages 0-3, please visit our Infant-Toddler Program page.

Download a list of resources for families, contacts at Perkins and some words of wisdom from one of our parents.

For professionals who attended the virtual event, we will be offering professional credits via Perkins eLearning. Fill out this form to receive more information.

We hope to see many families and professionals again next year at Perkins’ 38th Early Connections conference!

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