Alumni

Perkins alum Don Deignan uses his wheelchair at the Rhode Island Famine Memorial, which is surrounded by green trees.
November 14, 2016
Historian Don Deignan has dedicated his life to commemorating Irish history and advocating for disability rights.
Kristin Turgeon smiling
September 22, 2016
Kristin Turgeon makes a full circle by volunteering at the same Perkins School for the Blind program she once attended as a child.
Four sailboats plow through large waves on the ocean
September 16, 2016
Perkins alum Matt Chao featured in film that explores the thrills and rewards of competitive blind sailing.
A man sews a striped mattress
August 10, 2016
Perkins’ research librarian rediscovers six alumni who went on to serve in the Massachusetts State Legislature.
A young Theresa Chan Poh Lin tactile signs with Helen Keller on a couch
July 8, 2016
Former Perkins student Theresa Chan Poh Lin, who was deafblind, left an unforgettable impression on everyone who met her.
Helen Keller pressing her face against the side of small Boston bull terrier named Phiz.
June 24, 2016
From scrappy Scotties to dignified Great Danes to a famous Akita, dogs always brought joy to Helen Keller.
Yegue Badigue plays the piano
May 9, 2016
Talented pianist Yegue Badigue came to Perkins from war-torn Africa, and he’s determined to make the most of his new life in America.
Someone's legs crossing a street, holding a white cane.
March 10, 2016
What’s the secret to traveling without sight? A white cane, confidence and the willingness to ask for assistance when necessary.
Ashley sits with her laptop, listening to text through earbuds.
March 1, 2016
Social media is an essential part of everyday life for teens and young adults who are blind, just as it is for their peers with sight.
Laura Bridgman stands next to teacher Sarah Wight and signs into her hand. Both are wearing 19th century outfits.
December 22, 2015
In the 1800s, Perkins student Laura Bridgman was the second most famous woman in the world, after only Queen Victoria.

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