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Perkins School for the Blind

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Perkins School for the Blind
175 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 924-3434 

Perkins School for the Blind's on campus programs serve students with visual impairments, CVI and deafblindness from birth through age 22. Our teachers are experts in working with a broad range of multiple disabilities and implement the Expanded Core Curriculum- helping students access core academics and acquire the social and independent living skills their sighted peers learn incidentally. Since 1829, we have been preparing children and young adults with the education, confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential. 

Off campus itinerant teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and deafblind specialists provide direct and consultative services throughout New England. Perkins also offers a college prep program, called Compass, and two different pre-employment programs. Through our Perkins International group, educators all over the world are trained by Perkins! To learn more visit or reach out to us at

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Perkins is proud to offer a full continuum of educational services for students ages birth through 22 who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind. Whether you are ready to apply today or exploring options for the future, the Perkins Admissions team is here to assist you. Since 1829, we have been preparing children and young adults with the education, confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential. To learn more visit visit or reach out to us at


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Compass is a completely new take on college and career readiness planning. It’s a nine-month virtual program for blind and visually impaired high school students– designed to help them proactively explore and develop a plan for building the critical academic and blindness skills they need to reach their post-secondary goals. If you would like additional information, email


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At Perkins School for the Blind we offer day and residential programs for children with visual impairments. Our culture is built upon a foundation of positive relationships with students and their families. We integrate the expanded core curriculum across all teaching and learning opportunities and emphasize instruction in self-determination and self-advocacy, as well as critical social skills. Our program places a premium on transitioning students for success after leaving Perkins, facilitating a path towards meaningful engagement in their communities, employment, or college. If you are interested in admissions for your child please reach out to us at!


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Perkins is leading the way in the quest to support families that are learning more about a CVI diagnosis. CVI stands for Cortical Visual Impairment/Cerebral Visual Impairment. CVI is a brain-based visual impairment caused by damage to the visual pathways or visual processing areas of the brain. Learners struggle with visual attention and visual recognition resulting in a lack of access for understanding the world around them. CVI is known to be the leading cause of visual impairment in children in the United States. Learn more today at our Perkins CVI Parent Portal: CVI NOW!


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Perkins School for the Blind is a leading provider of assessments for children with visual impairments. Perkins has been providing thorough, effective evaluation services for more than 35 years. Formally evaluating a child's strengths and needs allows teachers and parents to develop individualized education programs that provide the best learning experiences for each student. Our experts can assess a specific area of development, such as cognition, communication, motor or vision-related compensatory skills, or provide a comprehensive evaluation in several areas. Learn more by emailing us at


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