Perkins School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 924-3434 (Local)

Brief Description

Perkins 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.

Hours of operation: 24/7
Clients served on average per year: 104,000
Number of staff: 700
Geographic area served: Students come from all over the country but primarily New England and New York. 0-3 services are in Massachusetts only. International services in 63 countries.
Publications: Perkins produces publications in English and Spanish for families and professionals who work with people who are visually impaired.


Ed Bosso, Superintendent and Executive Director of Educational Programs, (617) 972-7866,
Betsy McGinnity, Executive Director of Training & Educational Resources Program
W. David Power, President and CEO
Christopher Underwood, Associate Director of Admissions and Evaluations, (617) 972-7285,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Perkins Products, a division of Howe Press manufactures and sells the Perkins Brailler and sells other products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Evaluation and training are provided. Perkins also produces publications in English and Spanish for families and professionals who work with people who are visually impaired.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers adaptive solutions for greater independence of people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired or learning disabled.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Perkins resources for older individuals include:Braille and Talking Book Library; Adaptive Technology, a Division of Perkins Products; and Scout Information Clearinghouse on Blindness & Visual Impairment.
  • Library Services
    • Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library provides free services in braille, audio and large print formats to 24,000 patrons. Samuel B. Hayes Research Library offers the most recent and complete sources of information on the non-medical aspects of blindness and deafblindness.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins provides clinical vision examinations, functional vision assessments and visual-skills training. Also provides optical or nonoptical and electronic vision devices. Works with individuals of all ages and specialized in working with individuals with multiple disabilities in making optimal use of their vision.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Educational Partnerships provide O&M, TVI, TDB itinerant based services within the community.
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