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Perkins School For The Blind

Perkins School for the Blind is the worldwide leader in education services for children and young adults who have multiple disabilities and visual impairments. We believe every child can learn and learning is for life.

Watertown, MA
Non-Profit Organization Management
501-1000 employees
Founded 1829


The Perkins mission is to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, confidence and skills they need to realize their potential.


While the world has changed since Perkins’ founding, our fundamental beliefs have remained constant. Our Core Values guide and inspire our work every day.

  • Excellence in Education
    We pursue excellence and innovation to enable all students to reach their full potential.
  • Tradition
    We look to our legacy to inform our future.
  • Empowerment
    We work to ensure that every person has the opportunity to make their voice heard.
  • Integrity
    We behave in a way that is honest and principled.
  • Accessibility
    We strive to be a model of accessibility in our actions and attitudes, fostering and advocating for an environment of inclusion.

Diversity & Inclusion

Bring your light

So together we can shine brighter

When you are your most true self, you shine. We welcome you and your light at Perkins School for the Blind. We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment.


At Perkins School for the Blind, we’re committed to helping every employee thrive – and that’s why we offer excellent benefits. We’ve got the essentials covered, starting with competitive salaries, numerous opportunities for career growth – including tuition reimbursement – and excellent health, dental and vision insurance. And we have all sorts of perks, including yoga and kickboxing classes, wellness reimbursements, campus-wide festivals with food and games, discounts at local businesses, on-campus massages and free American Sign Language classes.


At Perkins School for the Blind, we believe that every single employee has the power to make a difference in the life of a child or young adult who is blind or visually impaired. We value diversity in our staff, because our community is stronger when unique ideas and perspectives are shared. We build accessibility into every aspect of our work environment, giving talented employees of all backgrounds an opportunity to shine.

We value hard work, creativity and passion, and truly believe that the success of each employee leads to the success of the organization as a whole – that’s why we empower staff members to grow and pursue new opportunities across campus.

Our commitment to our mission of blindness education has never wavered since we opened our doors in 1829. Every day, we build on that tradition to create the best possible programs and services, driven by our dedicated employees.

Social impact

More than six million children worldwide are blind with multiple disabilities.

Without educators to help them learn, many face a life of isolation and untapped potential. For 100 years, Perkins International has partnered with educators around the globe, providing training and support to help children with multiple disabilities thrive.

Help us ensure that highly-trained professionals and transformative educational opportunities will always be there when children need them most. Support Perkins International and be a part of #ThePerkinsEffect.

Opportunities at Perkins School For The Blind