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Preparing children and young adults who are blind with the education, tools and skills they need to realize their potential.

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During High Ropes Adventure Weekend, students with #visualimpairment donned harnesses and helmets for a full day of #teambuilding and personal development at an elevated outdoor ropes course. They scrambled up tree trunks using metal rungs as steps and grabbed hanging ropes to pull themselves through the air while balancing on a thin wire. The weekend was designed to build students’ self-determination skills by taking them out of their comfort zones, said Short Courses Supervisor Pat Ryan. Outreach student Sara, 12, was one of the first to try the multi-vine challenge, which required balance and concentration. “It’s a little hard, but it’s really fun!” she said.
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@waypointadventure #zipline #PerkinsSchool
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[Image description: A young girl zip lines through the trees.]
Perkins #Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Jaimi Lard, with tactile #signlanguage interpreter Christine Dwyer, are taking the stage at a @tedxbeaconst event held at the @jfklibrary Presidential Library and Museum. Jaimi is urging audiences to use The Courage to be Inclusive.
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[Image description: A large "TEDx Beacon Street" sign, and two women stand to the left of the stage, one holding a white cane.]
Thank you to everyone who came to the Perkins Fall Social last night at @centralwharfco to launch Perkins Young Professionals (PYP). We enjoyed food, drinks and the chance to learn about the difference Perkins makes locally to globally -- educating, innovating and preparing individuals who are #blind or #visuallyimpaired to reach their potential. You can join this free group today! Head on over to www.Perkins.org/PYP to learn more. #PerkinsSchool #YoungProfessionals .
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[Image description 1: A group of young professionals smile for the camera. Image description 2:  A group of guests pose for a photo while holding glasses of beer and wine. Image description 3: Jen speaking to guests in front of posters showing Perkins students.]
PerkinsELPs shared stories, food and fun from their home countries with the #PerkinsSchool community today at an International Celebration. This year's #PerkinsELP class come from 13 different countries, including Vietnam, Egypt, Nigeria, Mexico & Costa Rica!
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[Image description 1: A woman in traditional dress stands by her poster and table presentation for #Vietnam. Image description 2: A man in traditional dress stands by his poster and table presentation for #Egypt. Image description 3: A woman in traditional dress and headdress sits behind a table with different plates of snacks. Image description 4: Two women embrace in front of poster presentations for #Mexico and #CostaRica.]
Happy Birthday to #PerkinsSchool's founding director, Samuel Gridley Howe! Born in 1801, Howe was was a soldier and surgeon in the Greek War of Independence. He is best remembered for his work with #LauraBridgman, a pupil at Perkins who was #deafblind and one of the earliest individuals with deafblindness to learn language. Howe was a prominent leader in the field of #blindness, printing for the #blind, and other #socialjustice and educational reform movements in the United States. He was married to Julia Ward Howe, suffragist and author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. #DisabilityHistory #EducationHistory #PerkinsArchives #PerkinsSchoolfortheBlind
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[Image description: Portrait of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe standing with one arm propped against a chair and one arm tucked into his suit jacket.]
A work placement at Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton has helped Perkins student Carolyn, 21, discover her true passion: serving and interacting with others. She’s now in her second year working at the hotel, where she’s a member of the food and beverage team. “I love, love, love working with people,” she said during a recent breakfast shift. “That’s what I want to do.” Carolyn commutes independently to the hotel where her responsibilities include overseeing the 12th floor breakfast room and setting tables in the downstairs restaurant. When she graduates from #PerkinsSchool in June, Carolyn plans to pursue a job in #hospitality. Until then, “I’m going to try to learn everything that I possibly can,” she said.
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[Image description: A girl working at a hotel breakfast buffet.]
On this day in 1837, #PerkinsSchool second director, Michael Anagnos (formerly Anagnostopoulos) was born. He served as director from 1876 until his death in 1906. Anagnos was a friend, assistant, and son-in-law to Perkins’ founding director Samuel Gridley Howe. In 1886, Anagnos was contacted by #HelenKeller’s parents and recommended #AnneSullivan as her teacher. He served as a mentor and friend to Sullivan, and wrote frequently about Helen Keller’s progress in the Annual Reports. Anagnos was a successful fundraiser and helped establish the first Kindergarten for the #Blind in #JamaicaPlain, MA in 1887. #PerkinsArchives #OnThisDay #DisabilityHistory
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[Image description: Portrait of Michael Anagnos surrounded by a diffuse oval vignette. Anagnos wears a dark suit, has a long salt and pepper beard, and a slight smile.]
Tina and Jarom Turner watched as their daughter and three sons – all born sighted – rapidly lost their vision as the result of Stargardt disease, a form of inherited juvenile #maculardegeneration. By age 6, the four children were #blind with only light perception. It was a shock to the family. But today, Davis, 15, Ashlyn, 14, Brock, 11, and Clint, 9, are all thriving in Quincy, Washington, with encouraging classmates and teachers in their small farming community. They work with a #TVI and an O&M instructor, and each child has an individual teaching assistant. “I really encourage parents to involve their children as much as possible in normal activities,” Tina said, from doing chores to riding bikes to catching tadpoles. “I used to think, ‘Oh, that’s too dangerous.’ But then they would do it and I realized I’m the one holding them back.” She shares their story far and wide, including with #BlindNewWorld and #PerkinsSchool’s Perspectives magazine.
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[Image description: Two parents and four children sit in an apple orchard.]
This is what #Halloween looked like at #PerkinsSchool in 1925! Students wearing "Hallowe'en" masks which they made with suggestions provided to them by their teacher in manual training. 👻👻
#Spooky 
#perkinsarchives #disabilityhistory #vintagehalloween  #handmadehalloween #jackolantern
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[Image description: A black and white photo of children sitting at their desks in a classroom wearing Halloween masks.]
What are you waiting for? Early-bird registration for the first-ever Network of the Americas Conference ends TODAY! So register now and save up to $100! 
Don't miss this unique opportunity to join colleagues in the field of #deafblindness from #NorthAmerica, #CentralAmerica, #SouthAmerica and the #Caribbean.  The first ever #DBIAmericas will be held at the Resort and Conference Center in #CapeCod, MA, April 15-18, 2018. See you there! Link in bio.
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[Image description: A woman with sunglasses on signs into the hands of another woman.]
Photographs can be helpful learning tools for children with #CVI to attempt to distinguish between actual three-dimensional objects and flat two-dimensional images of those same objects. But photographic quality and complexity greatly impact a child’s ability to recognize #3D objects as flat images.
You can make some easy adaptations to stage a photograph of a 3D object in ways that can enhance a child’s efforts to visually recognize that object as a flat image. For example, in this photo taken with an iPhone, a simple black background behind the object was made from Invisaboard (or use other flat black material). A box, table or stool can be covered with a flat black material such as a sweater. And overhead light should be controlled to reduce glare.
Check back here every Monday for our #CVISpotlight! To learn more about CVI and how #PerkinsSchool can help, head over to Perkins.org/CVI.
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[Image description 1: An up close shot of a toy giraffe in front of a black background. Image description 2:  In front of a black poster board, a toy giraffe is propped on a small rectangular box that has been covered by black cloth.]
“I have been a part of the Perkins community since I attended and graduated from the Secondary program. I am very proud that I have come full circle now as the Receptionist at The Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology. Perkins will always be my second home.” –Dana Flier, Perkins receptionist
#NDEAM #InclusionWorks #PerkinsSchool
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[Image description: Dana leans against a desk in The Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology lobby.]