Perkins School for the Blind175 North Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472
ADMISSIONS: Amy Fox Ferreira, Director of Admissions and Enrollment, 617-972-7476.
AGES/GRADES: Students ages 3-22 in day and residential programs. Early Learning Center (ages 3-6), Lower School (6-14), and Secondary (14-22). Deafblind Program (3-22). Able to grant high school diplomas. Teach the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), a disability-specific curriculum, designed for children with visual impairment that helps them access core academics and address the social and independent living skills their sighted peers learn incidentally. Weekend, vacation, and summer programming available for students in public schools through Outreach Short Courses. Intensive 10-week Saturday workshop that equips young adults ages 15-22 with the skills necessary for workplace success. College Success@Perkins prepares high school graduates for successful accomplishment in college.
THERAPEUTIC SERVICES: Group and individual counseling, speech/language and specialized communication, OT, PT, music therapy, BCBA therapists, and consulting psychiatrists provided on site.
THERAPEUTIC ORIENTATION: Individualized student programs using developmental and behavioral approaches and experiential learning activities to develop students’ academic knowledge and skills for independent living. School-based counseling along with implementation of positive behavioral supports model.
POPULATION SERVED: Diverse population of students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, and deaf with additional disabilities, some of whom have behavioral, emotional and/or learning disabilities.
766 APPROVED: Yes
COMMENTS: Expansive, 38-acre campus reverberates every day with the energy, excitement and passion of learning. Educational excellence and best practices are the result of Perkins’ pioneering work in the field of blindness, combined with an openness toward change and new ideas. Each of our programs has a commitment to helping our students develop and trust their unique perspectives in life and forge their own definitions of success. Additional community programs and services include independent comprehensive evaluations, Infant/Toddler Program, itinerant teachers in public and private schools, weekend and vacation short courses, family workshops and forums, transition services and programs, professional development courses, Braille and Talking Book Library, New England Eye Low Vision Clinic, and Perkins Solutions for accessibility and technology needs.