In Focus Summer 2020

Letter from the Perkins’ President and CEO

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your family have remained in good health throughout the pandemic. Community and connection have been essential ways of coping with challenges and uncertainties these days, for all of us.

Here at Perkins, we’re making every effort to stay connected to our students, families and friends, whether they are in Massachusetts or around the world.

You, too, are part of this larger Perkins family, and we are grateful for your ongoing support. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we are engaging with our students from afar and in new and creative ways. Whether through Zoom class meetings, virtual check-ins with families in our Infant-Toddler Program or remote job search support for Career Launch participants, our dedicated faculty and staff have been committed to serving our community and making a positive impact. The work we do, enabled by your contributions, is important and necessary, no matter the unexpected circumstances we face.

When Perkins has confronted other crises in its nearly 200 years, the school has emerged stronger. We look back to share how Perkins responded to the 1960s rubella outbreak, which led to an increased number of deafblind students. You’ll read about how our Deafblind Program expanded both on campus and around the world through the Perkins International Program.

With your support, we will be able to meet any challenge and continue to provide essential services for people who are blind, deafblind or have multiple disabilities, all over the world.


Dave Power
President and CEO