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Founded in 1829, Perkins is a world-renowned center of excellence in the education of people who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired with multiple disabilities. Throughout our 187-year history, Perkins has been an innovator in education for the

Founded in 1829, Perkins is a world-renowned center of excellence in the education of people who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired with multiple disabilities. Throughout our 187-year history, Perkins has been an innovator in education for the blind, acting as a pioneer both in the U.S. and abroad. Perkins’ “firsts” include:

Laura Bridgman’s success as a deafblind student at Perkins in the 1830s interested many notables, including Charles Dickens who described his visit to Perkins in American Notes . Alexander Graham Bell knew of Perkins and through his connection, Perkins graduate Anne Sullivan was sent to work with Helen Keller. When Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller how to communicate, it unlocked her potential to become a world leader. The inspirational story of their lives and work continue to motivate people around the world.

Today Perkins' programs include education at the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, outreach to public school students and adults, infant and toddler early intervention, support to parents, teacher training, services for elders and a library that distributes Braille and talking books. Though Perkins’ on campus programs receive 80% of their funding from local school districts, the bulk of our work in the community and internationally depends donations from individuals and institutions. Thanks to dedicated staff and generous donors, last year Perkins was able to directly impact the lives of more than 160,000 people in 67 countries worldwide.

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