Perkins History

Perkins student in wheelchair touching large stone sculpture.
September 14, 2014
Tracing Helen Keller’s footsteps at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Robert Smithdas communicating with his secretary Herbert Lehman
July 22, 2014
Perkins graduate Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, the renowned author, poet and lecturer and a pillar of the deafblind community, died July 17 at age 89.
Perkins Superintendent Dorinda Rife, Executive Director of the Perkins Trust Kathy Sheehan and Perkins President and CEO Dave Power accepting award.
June 14, 2014
Perkins has been recognized by the Watertown Historical Commission for its restoration of Perkins Pond.
Betsy McGinnity headshot.
February 18, 2014
Fascinating items are stored in Perkins' historic archives.
Helen Keller.
Hellen Keller was a world-famous author and activist, but did you know she was a trailblazer in many other ways?
Vintage photo of children in a classroom
Perkins’ mission to educate children who are blind has always extended far beyond our Watertown campus.
A girl places flowers in a vase.
Around the world, there are 6 million children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities. Here's how we're reaching them.
Archive black and white photo of three men standing around an old brailler
For more than 60 years, the Perkins Brailler has made it easier for people who are blind to communicate with the world around them.

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