Doug Deyoe joined the Guidance Department at Perkins School for the Blind in the early 1980s. He had volunteered and served as a board member with Experiment With Travel (EWT) since 1965 and recognized that students at Perkins could improve self-reliance and self-confidence by participating in EWT’s activities. This collection documents Doug Deyoe’s proposal for the Open Door Program at Perkins School for the Blind in 1972-1980.
.25 linear feet ; 1 quarter-size manuscript box
Susanna Coit, 2021-2022
The collection was originally housed within a binder with plastic page sleeves. The materials were removed from the binder and plastic sleeves during processing. Photographs of the original housing are available in the collection.
In 1965, Doug Deyoe became a volunteer and board member with Experiment with Travel (EWT), located in Springfield, Massachusetts. When Deyoe joined the Guidance Department at Perkins School for the Blind in the early 1980s, he recognized the opportunity for students to improve self-reliance and self-confidence by participating in EWT’s activities. Initial offerings included overnight camping and canoe trips, which were already offered by the Boy Scouts group at Perkins. The offerings expanded to include rock climbing and rappelling, white water rafting, caving, and crossing country skiing.
Experiment with Travel (EWT)’s initial objective was to use various outdoor experiences to work with underserved groups of individuals from the juvenile court system, county jails, people with intellectual disabilities, as well as referrals from local school systems. The group also offered private adventure programs for adults and students who did not have disabilities. Participants in the EWT Program served as volunteers for Perkins’ outdoor programs, funded through the juvenile justice system. Program participants were paired with Perkins students during the trips to guide them through the activities.
Deyoe also organized a SCUBA diving program at Perkins, which was linked with the New England Aquarium and courses at the YMCA.
Sources of information:
Carbone, Becca. “Re: Outdoor Adventure Photographs of Perkins Students and Proposal Documents from 1979.” Received by Susanna Coit, December 22, 2021.
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AG188 Doug Deyoe Open Door Program Records. Perkins School for the Blind Archives, Watertown, MA.
Scope and contents:
The collection documents Doug Deyoe’s proposal for the Open Door Program at Perkins School for the Blind in 1972-1980. Includes proposal documents, photographs of students participating in outdoors activities, and information about Integrated Wilderness Programs.
B1:F1 = Box 1 : Folder 1
The collection is arranged in one series. Original order was maintained.
- B1:F1: Original Housing
- B1:F2:Proposal documents, 1972, 1978, 1979, undated
- B1:F3: Photographs, undated
- B1:F4: Proposal, 1979
- B1:F5: Integrated Wilderness Program information, 1972, 1980
AG89 Kenneth A. Stuckey Papers. Perkins School for the Blind Archives, Watertown, MA.
AG45 Perkins’ Directors’ Office Files. Perkins School for the Blind Archives, Watertown, MA.
Donated by a family member in December 2021.
- Outdoor life
- Perkins School for the Blind
- Perkins School for the Blind–History
- People who are blind–Education
- Teachers of people who are blind