History of blindness education

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A group of students gathered around a "u" shaped table.

Anne Emilie Poulsson the “Finger Play Lady”

Helen Keller next to Polly Thompson, who's on the phone.

Q&A: A factual look at Helen Keller’s accomplishments

A toddler smiles as they play the piano

Celebrating 40 years of supporting infants and toddler

Elizabeth McClellan, a child born both deaf and blind due to a rubella infection, learned new communication skills after coming to Perkins.

Throughout history, Perkins emerges stronger from world-changing events

Teaching math at Perkins has evolved since the 1850s, when students used wooden arithmetic slates to show numeric values and to add, subtract or multiply. Today, students can use a tactile graphics pad for complex equations.

Adding it up

Carol, a student in Perkins’ Deafblind Program, models clay figures based on poses learned in dancing class circa 1964. Arts and crafts were an integral part of the curriculum in the Deafblind Program during the 1960s, and still are today.

Artistic vision doesn’t require vision