Imagine your child swinging a baseball bat during physical education class, or solving mathematical equations alongside his or her peers. These are the types of experiences Perkins offers to every student, regardless of disability.
As an institution that has educated and empowered students with visual impairments for more than 190 years, our legacy is unmatched. However, Perkins continues to be a leader in utilizing the latest in teaching practices and assistive technology, while providing a fun and supportive community that prepares students for what comes next.
So why Perkins?
We serve children with a range of needs and abilities, from college-bound students to those in need of ongoing community support. We take an individualized approach to education, with each student learning in the form that’s right for them. For one student that might be braille, for another, large print. For a student with cortical visual impairment, literacy lessons incorporate proven intervention strategies.
Our faculty has decades of experience teaching students how to access information. Our specialists in orientation and mobility, speech and language pathology, physical and occupational therapy, individual and group counseling and assistive technology are the best in their fields. They all share a common goal: to educate and prepare our students for independence today and later in life. Take a look at the following videos to see our students and educators in action!
Adapted Physical Education
Expanded Core Curriculum
Children with sight learn many things through observation, like how to dress for work by watching their parents in the morning, and how to be socially appropriate by watching their classmates interact. Students who are blind or deafblind miss out on this incidental learning, but Perkins educators can help them gain these skills in other ways. Through the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), students learn how to dress for job interviews and engage in conversation with their peers. They learn to use assistive technology to access information in the classroom, and how to speak up and voice their questions appropriately. Download our guide to the ECC to learn more.
Friendship is such an important part of growing up. Our classrooms and residential cottages are welcoming, friendly spaces filled with students who all learn differently. Our experts incorporate social and independent living skills into every day, with a focus on developing your student’s self-confidence and self-advocacy. Watch the video below to learn more about socializing at Perkins.
Perkins embraces the role that technology plays in a student’s education and entertainment. Our teachers and service providers use the latest in assistive technology to help students communicate, access written materials, navigate their world, and enjoy leisure time. Our Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology is a social hub for Perkins students where they can learn about new accessible technology, enjoy music, and play games. The space and equipment housed there helps to integrate technology into every phase of a Perkins education, including academics, music, art, life skills, mobility training, and recreation.
Check out these stories more information about the use of technology at Perkins:
- Innovations in Assistive Technology
- Q&A: Future of Assistive Technology
- Perkins Promotes Assistive Technology in D.C.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to life after Perkins. Some students pursue higher education at 2- or 4-year colleges, while others transition directly to the workforce or find meaningful engagement in their communities.
Our transition specialists work closely with all students and their families to help them set and meet realistic goals. Check out the articles below to learn more about transition services at Perkins.