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The changemakers of Perkins

Behind every Perkins success story are the people who are finding new ways to stand for disability inclusion.

Mila, a young female student, dances in front of a crowd of Perkins staff in the atrium of the Prudential Center Mall that is adorned by huge golden ornaments with the blue lights of the Prudential Center tower glowing through the windowed ceiling

Meet the changemakers

Together, we are showing the world that every child can learn. These are just some of the people who fuel our mission and work. Your support means everything. Thank you for your partnership.

Mila, a young female student, dances in front of a crowd of Perkins staff in the atrium of the Prudential Center Mall that is adorned by huge golden ornaments with the blue lights of the Prudential Center tower glowing through the windowed ceiling
Mila dances in front of a crowd of Perkins staff in the atrium of the Prudential Center Mall that is adorned by huge golden ornaments with the blue lights of the Prudential Center tower glowing through the windowed ceiling.

Lighting up the Boston skyline

Perkins’ Deafblind student, Mila, lit the iconic Prudential Center in Boston in Perkins blue as part of its 31 Nights of Light in December, honoring Perkins on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Debra Johnson running the Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon® runner honors Deafblind student

When Brady, a student in our Deafblind School, sadly passed away last year, Debra Johnson decided to run the Boston Marathon® in his memory. She ran 26.2 miles and raised $20,000 for Perkins.

2021 ELP group walking through fall leaves on campus
A group of ELPs walk through Harvard Yard.

Welcoming back the international class of 2021!

Nine professionals from all over the world have come to campus to learn how to work with children with complex disabilities. They’ll return home – in Africa, India, Latin America, and elsewhere – to put those skills to work.

Young boy in Perkins India program claps

Transforming our work in India

As a former teacher, Mal Shanmugaraj and her husband Raj have been in the trenches of Perkins’ work as volunteers and donors for years. Their deep connection to our work in India led them to making a transformative
leadership gift to Perkins India.

Girl in a supportive walker poses next to kneeling man at Everybody In! Walk/Move for Perkins 2021.
A girl in a supportive walker poses next to a kneeling man.

Everybody In! raises more than $320,000

More than 1,200 people from 28 states and nine different countries joined our inaugural Everybody In! Walk/Move for Perkins in October. We can’t wait to see you all at the
next Walk/Move event!

Jack, a young boy, poses with a group of story boxes
Jack Berry kneels among scores of story and tactile bags. He is a former participant in Perkins’ Infant Toddler program and has produced story and tactile bags for toddlers as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Perkins Infant-Toddler student turned Eagle Scout

Meet Jack, a former Infant-Toddler Program student, who is dedicating his Eagle Scout project to today’s Infant-Toddler students. Jack is creating handmade story boxes filled with tactile objects mentioned in popular children’s
stories to help kids learn how to read! Welcome back Jack!

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