Message from the President

Community has never been more important. As Helen Keller once famously remarked, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” We could not possibly continue our life-changing work without friends like you.

I want to give you an update about how Perkins is continuing to educate children with blindness or visual impairments. As we have for over 190 years, Perkins staff remain committed to helping our students and young adults reach their fullest potential.

Responding to the current situation, our teachers are using distance education—through online lessons, video and the phone—to help students and families with specialized, one-on-one instruction. This is no small task because every child enrolled at Perkins receives a highly individualized education— tailored to specific academic, social and physical needs. So teaching remotely is especially challenging, but we are adapting, rapidly and creatively, through the diligence of our dedicated staff.

For example, we are adapting our Infant-Toddler and teen outreach programs to virtual formats. We are quickly customizing lessons for our youngest learners through video chats to serve every family participating. For high school students across the region we are creating online spaces where they can meet, socialize and learn new skills such as radio broadcasting, independent healthy living and more.

In addition, we are helping families transform their homes into classrooms. For example, one teacher is instructing parents how to make lists of items that their children can label with tactile stickers: grooming supplies, kitchen appliances and so on. She prompts the children to think about how they will use each item and ways these labels can help them become more independent.

Your partnership remains crucial to our mission. Again, thank you for your loyal support. Please continue to visit our website for the latest updates. Stay well.

All the best,

Dave Power
President and CEO