Perkins School for the Blind

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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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Welcome to the ELP Class of 2018! For the next nine months, our ELP participants will be immersed in expert instruction and hands-on learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. In the spring, they'll emerge ready to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults all over the world who are #visuallyimpaired, #deafblind or #blind with #multipledisabilities.
This year's group includes educators from Bangladesh, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Russia and Vietnam. To learn more about the Educational Leadership Program and its amazing global community visit www.Perkins.org/ELP.
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[Image description: A group of people holding letters that spell out "ELP Class of 2018!"]
Perkins' premiere Fall event is back. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Enjoy great food, good friends and delectable wines. That's just a small taste of what's in store at the 10th Annual Taste of Perkins on Thursday, #October 5. Participate in a blindfolded #tastetesting of savory and sweet delicacies, enjoy musical performances by #PerkinsSchool students and bid for your chance to win one of our many #silentauction items. Tickets for the #PerkinsTaste are now available. Visit Perkins.org/Taste to get yours now!
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[Image description: Three blindfolded women are led into the tasting room by a sighted guide.]
Welcome to #PerkinsSchool for the Blind! Today we welcomed students back for a brand new year. Check out how students, families and staff all over campus celebrated the #FirstDayOfSchool!
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[Image description 1: A man pushes a student in a wheelchair at the Perkins campus. Image description 2: A student holding a white cane walks to class. Image description 3: A woman helps a young student holding a white cane put on his backpack. Image description 4: A woman provides sighted guide to a student as they walk to class.]
The Perkins Library introduced an online store for NLS cartridges & accessories. Find us on #Amazon! Visit Perkins.org/NLS for more info! #TalkingBookTuesday.
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[Image description: A woman with an NLS machine in a carrying case over her shoulder. The device sits on her knee as she crouches next to a guide dog. An icon reads "Available at Amazon."]
New year, new opportunities! Lower School co op instructors Jessica Nelson and Margaret Fisher from @northeastern spent the week preparing their #PhysicalTherapy room for the start of the brand new year. #BackToSchool
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[Image description: Two women place leaves made out of paper on a poster of a tree. On top of the poster it reads, "Welcome to PT!"]
What an exciting week it has been! Teachers are happy to be back in action and eager to welcome back students. At a #PerkinsSchool staff welcome meeting in Dwight Hall, teachers Sharon Stelzer and Rilla Hammett hug it out.
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We're ready for the new year. See you Tuesday for our first day of school! #BacktoSchool
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[Image description: Two women hug in an auditorium full of people.]
Tactile learning opportunities are everywhere; arts and crafts stations are stocked; #braille books are out. Lower School teachers like Rachel Antonino have been busy getting their classrooms just right to welcome students on the first day of school.
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We're getting closer and closer! Is it September 5 yet? #PerkinsSchool #BacktoSchool
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[Image description: A woman smiles as she stands in front of her classroom.]
Perkins' first-ever #Literacy Activity Program offered students a chance to keep reading and learning during #summer break. #Deafblind Program student Cameron helped make lemonade after reading a summer-themed book. Other students played mini-golf or did arts and crafts projects – all related to books they had read. “We want to keep kids interested in books and interested in learning,” said Deafblind Program Educational Director Martha Majors. Students read books in a variety of formats – from #braille to large print. Others followed along through pictures or tactile symbols. “In our world, that’s all literacy,” said Majors.
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[Image description: A young student holds an object close to his face while a teacher works with him.]
#PerkinsSchool is getting ready for the exciting year ahead and this week's all about #teambuilding! Community Programs staff enjoyed some hula hoop team building exercises to kick start the new year. Our #BacktoSchool countdown continues! Are you ready for the first day of school?
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[Image description: A woman stands in front of a group holding hula hoops.]
There are only 24 days left of #summer, #Talkie! Come visit the #PerkinsSchool campus & Library and enjoy the season while it lasts! #TalkingBookTuesday
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[Image description: Talkie, the Talking Book Machine with cartoon eyes and mouth, in front of the Perkins Pond and fountain.]
#PerkinsSchool staff all over campus are preparing for the first day of school next Tuesday! Today in the Deafblind Program, teaching assistants don blindfolds and ear plugs for #deafblind simulation training. #backtoschool
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[Image description 1: Teaching assistants put on their blindfolds. 
Image description 2: A teaching assistant who is blindfolded, works with a coordinator during a simulation exercise.]
We're gearing up for our first day #backtoschool! All week we'll be giving you a sneak peek of #PerkinsSchool staff getting ready to welcome back our students on September 5. Today, Perkins Teaching Assistant Jovani Villegas and other TA's at Brooks Cottage discuss the needs of incoming students. Residential staff are particularly focused on the individual needs of each student - and take great care learning about each one.
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[Image description: A group of Perkins staff sit in a circle listening to Jovani Villegas speak.]