Together with local collaborators, from families and educators to Ministries of education and health, Perkins builds local capacity to help children learn all around the world.
Founded on a legacy of 200 years of expertise of unlocking the potential of young children with disabilities, the Perkins Quality Improvement process or PQI, is core to our approach of creating change.
Through the PQI, we teach, coach, and assess best practices in education so all children are included. We build models of learning and teaching that work and create a ripple effect of quality improvement. We develop more inclusive systems at the family, school, community and system levels.
In this video, Perkins’ experts Daniela Gissara and Alvaro Diaz present the Perkins Quality Improvement process for the Conference on Quality of Life for People with Severe and Multiple Disabilities. This event was organized by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services in the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with the Hashemite University of Jordan, and aimed to raise awareness about the latest developments and practices for people with multiple disabilities.
Experts explain that there is a lack of evidence-based best practices for evaluating programs serving children with multiple disabilities in diverse international settings and a lack of know-how about how to guide them to develop a more inclusive approach centered around the child and family. They introduce the PQI as the process Perkins developed 10 years ago and currently applies in programs around the world to support excellence in the education of children with severe disabilities.