Perkins School for the Blind

Address: 175 North Beacon Street
Watertown,, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 924-3434 Fax: (617) 9262027 Email: Website:

Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities.




Early Learning Center – (Preschool: 3-4-year-olds Transitional Kindergarten: 5-6-year-olds)

Early childhood is a time to continue to build the foundational skills for later success in learning. Through an emphasis on the following expanded core curriculum areas: sensory skills (vision, touch, hearing); communication and early literacy skills; social skills; the use of assistive/adaptive technology; orientation and mobility; self care skills; and play skills, the Early Learning Center develops skills for later academic and/or functional success.


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Secondary Program – Perkins' Secondary Program is a community of students, teachers, clinicians and residential staff who share a common goal: to realize the potential of each student in an environment that encourages excellence, recognizes the capabilities of the individual and fosters growth and independence. Through individual and group instruction, students ages 14-22 develop organizational, reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, all while having a positive and exciting high school experience.


  • Secondary Curriculum Options
  • Secondary Featured Classes and Ongoing Projects


For more information on Perkins Secondary Program, contact Cynthia Essex at 617-972-7236


Deafblind Program – Educating students who are deafblind comes with a unique set of challenges and joys. Since the school's founding nearly two centuries ago, Perkins houses one of the few programs worldwide dedicated specifically to deafblind students. Perkins Deafblind Program offers a variety of curriculum options to both day and residential students from age three to 22 who are deafblind with or without additional disabilities as well as students who are deaf with additional disabilities.


  • Deafblind Curriculum Options


Health Services – Perkins students receive high quality health care. Perkins Health Services are staffed by nurses, physicians, a dietitian, and support staff. In addition, a child neurologist and a child psychiatrist provide regular consultation. After regular hours, nursing and pediatrician on-call service is available to our residential students.


Phone: (617) 972-7273


Assistive Device Center – is a workshop that creates customized materials for children with disabilities. A young girl might need a seat insert to go in regular chair for more back support; a boy with severe cerebral palsy whose best motor control is his head and who loves animals may need a scoop attached to a head-pointer to feed his pet lizard; and many children who cannot work at flat tables may benefit from slanted or vertical display boards, book rests and activity centers.


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Contact: Molly Campbell

Phone: (617) 972-7520



Pappas Horticultural Center – Horticulture provides a recreational and vocational activity for people of all ages, abilities and needs. Plants inherently invite participation because they respond to care, they grow, and they change. Horticulture Therapy is a medium that blends those characteristics with the clinical benefit of improving social, psychological and physical well-being. Horticulture has proven to be an invaluable asset to many students at Perkins by providing leisure activities, sensory training, prevocational experiences and job opportunities.


  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Other Gardens for the Blind



Community Programs:


  • Braille & Talking Book Library
  • Educational Partnerships
  • Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Low Vision Clinic
  • Outreach Student Services
  • Services for 55+
  • Community Living Services
  • Adult Sign Language Class
  • New England Consortium of Deafblind Projects



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