Perkins School for the Blind175 North Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472
ADMISSIONS: Carol Kinlan, Director of Admissions and Enrollment, 617-972-7862.
AGES/GRADES: Males and females 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. 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. The College Success 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 psychiatrist 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 diagnostic 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.