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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Perkins School for the Blind

Celebrating over 175 years of service, the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts is the first school for the blind in the country, where Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, were educated. Today Perkins serves 60,000 people who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities - from babies to school-age children to elders, here and in 55 developing countries around the world.

Perkins has been, and continues to be, a source of inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind, deafblind or with multiple disabilities across the nation and the world. True to its Mission, Perkins School for the Blind continues to grow and evolve with the needs, desires and dreams of its students and their families.

The School fulfills, enriches and teaches. But ultimately, Perkins provides its students with the tools and knowledge to chart a course toward each individual's maximum level of independence, rich in experience and overflowing with potential. This commitment begins with the president, and radiates throughout the organization. The President's Message, and President's Biography simply reinforce what thousands of students and clients already know, that Perkins School for the Blind is about hope.

Spanning 175 years, the History of the School is a testament to this claim. And that history continues. With each day come new opportunities, new challenges and new invitations to reach beyond expectations.

To learn more about Perkins' programs and services in Massachusetts and around the world, use the contact information below.

Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-924-3434
Fax: 617-926-2027

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