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Perkins School for the Blind Visits Clarke Boston, Resuming Educational Collaboration Since Covid-19

Scholars in the Perkins School for the Blind Education Leadership Program join Clarke Boston team members for a photo.

Twelve international scholars from Perkins School for the Blind visited Clarke Boston for a tour and to discuss innovations in hearing technology as well as emerging teaching approaches for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Founded in 1829 as the first school for the blind in the United States, Perkins is the worldwide leader in education services for children and young adults who have multiple disabilities and visual impairments.  

The Education Leadership Program (ELP) at Perkins prepares teams of highly trained leaders from across the world to create teacher training programs and excellent educational services for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities. The scholars take part in a nine-month immersive education experience at the Watertown, Massachusetts campus.  

“The ELPs look forward to this annual visit and have missed it during the pandemic. The international scholars are always so impressed with the caring environment of Clarke and the creative instructional strategies,” said Lisa Jacobs, director of educational leadership program and curriculum development at Perkins International. 

The visiting Educational Leadership Program scholars represent eight different countries and are studying various methods for teaching children with disabilities. During their Clarke Boston visit, they learned about Listening and Spoken Language strategies, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and classroom technology.   

“This was a fun experience for the Clarke team and for students,” said Melanie Austin, director of Clarke Boston. “We were thrilled to host, to share LSL best practices and to learn more about the scholars’ experiences too. Collaboration is always beneficial!”  

Thanks to the Perkins School for the Blind for continued thought partnership and collaboration! 


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