Perkins School for the Blind Pioneered the First Physical Education Program in the United States for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment

When Samuel Gridley Howe opened the school’s doors in 1832, he was immediately troubled by his students’ poor health. In that era, children who were blind were customarily treated as invalids and were prevented from doing anything for themselves. Fearing they might be injured, their families discouraged them from enjoying physical activity. As a result, children who were blind were often weak and vulnerable to every illness.

Perkins is pleased to announce that a collection of digital images from the Perkins Archives is now available to be viewed online at Physical Education at Perkins


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