Overview

Every child can learn

Children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities rely on adults with the commitment and special skills to help them learn. Perkins International works with families, teachers, schools, doctors, hospitals, community leaders, universities and governments to make education accessible to all children—wherever they are and whatever their ability. Perkins believes every child can learn, and we can show you how.

Transforming education

More than 6 million children live with visual impairment and multiple disabilities. Perkins International changes the landscape of education services to fit children, helping them learn and thrive. In partnership with governments and civil society, we set new standards for what is possible—for children with multiple disabilities and for our world.

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Supporting children to learn

For a child with multiple disabilities, the journey to education may begin at home, in an orphanage, in a hospital, in a community program or at school. Perkins starts where children are so that no child is invisible or excluded.

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Equipping adults to teach

For 100 years, Perkins has been training leaders and educators who change the world for children in 93 countries. Perkins International provides a wide range of opportunities for professionals and family members to learn about the most effective ways to help children achieve their full potential in life.

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Making education accessible

For a child with multiple disabilities to learn and thrive, families, schools, hospitals, communities and governments must all work together. Perkins sets the standards and builds the networks that sustain and strengthen teaching, learning and community life.

International impact

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The Perkins Effect

Children worldwide are learning more with teachers trained at Perkins.

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Perkins India

Perkins India is working to give every child who has multiple disabilities and a vision impairment the right start.

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Our global community

Leaders and educators from around the world share, discuss and collaborate for a greater impact.

Our team

Meet the skilled individuals behind Perkins’ International Programs.

Our impact is real.

Thanh Trinh Thi Thu Researcher at the National Center for Special Education, at The Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences, ELP graduate – Class of 2020

“At Perkins, the belief is all children can learn, no matter their disability.”

International stories & resources

Where we work

Close to home and around the globe, Perkins International is making a difference for children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.

  • Making education accessible

    Perkins sets standards and builds networks to sustain and strengthen teaching, learning and community life around the world.

  • 100 years of global educational leadership

    Perkins welcomes educators from around the world and trains them to teach children with complex disabilities.

  • Equipping adults to teach

    We work to transform children’s futures through the power of education.

  • Perkins India

    As a local NGO, Perkins India has trained the country’s leading multiple disability and vision impairment professionals.

  • Supporting children to learn

    Perkins works with families, educators and local communities to make sure every child learns and thrives.

We’re making a difference globally.

6 millionMore than 6 million children have multiple disabilities and visual impairment worldwide.

100 yearsWe opened our campus to train global educators in 1920.

93 countriesOur graduates and partners hail from every region of the world.

Contact Perkins

We’d love to hear from you.

Let’s have a conversation! Contact us today. We would love to explore how we can work together in your country.

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Join our community.

Do you wish to be a part of our community that believes that every child can learn? Join our Perkins Global Community!