Message from the President

Perkins School for the Blind has a history of delivering advancements in education and services for those with visual impairment. Still, what impresses me most is the organization’s focus on what’s next—how to expand and tackle new challenges.

Our latest stories looks at a few of the many initiatives underway that exemplify that spirit.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies are vital to success. Over time, Perkins has developed a dynamic curriculum to teach these staples to students. Today, our educators are sharing their skills and best practices with public schools so they, too, can more effectively teach STEM to their students with visual impairments.

Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is now the leading cause of blindness for children in the U.S. Caused by damaged pathways in the brain, CVI is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. See how Perkins’ Ellen Mazel and her team shed light on CVI and developed tools, partnerships and pathways to help affected children “learn” to use their vision. This past summer, Perkins also continued to grow this initiative with the first-ever CVI Family Vacation and outreach to public schools.

You’ll also read about College Success@Perkins, a program that teaches skills necessary for success in higher education, career and life. Again, Perkins is continuously evolving and advancing, this time by helping young adults transition post-high school.

I’m proud that Perkins never rests on its laurels and that supporters like you recognize there’s more to be done. Together, we’ll continue to make a difference and build on our legacy.


W. David Power
President and CEO