Thursday, February 3, 2011

From Our Friends at PERKINS INSIGHT


1. Inside Story: Perkins Low Vision Clinic

2. Perkins Spotlight: Leah Fuller

3. Perkins International: Low Vision Center in Brazil

4. News: Time Capsules Capture Today, Anticipate the Future

5. New Educational Webcast: Hands & Touch

6. Important Dates: Discover Conference, A Taste of Perkins

7. Featured Product: Ruby

8. Other Resources: Perkins Scout

9. Support Perkins: Join us for A Taste of Perkins

10. Stay informed: Choose from an array of enewsletters




1. INSIDE STORY: Low Vision

Inside The New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins patients of all ages find an understanding team of specialists working together to improve daily living, education and employment by helping patients make the most of the vision they have.

"Of all people who are visually impaired, 80 percent have some usable vision," explains Darick Wright, the clinic's coordinator. "It's very important to understand what that level of vision is and how an individual uses it."

Perkins' Low Vision Clinic is the only clinic throughout New England specifically designed to provide care to individuals of all ages with multiple impairments and the clinic's unique model of service inspires low vision specialists around the world.

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As a mother of five, Candice McCubrey knows that visual observations can play a central role in a child's development. "Kids are motivated by what they see. They see something and they reach for it," says McCubrey. And so when her daughter Leah showed signs of visual impairment, McCubrey became determined to find the best low vision resources available. At Perkins' New England Eye Low Vision Clinic, McCubrey found answers and received a prescription of hope for her daughter's future.

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When Yasmine came to the Low Vision Center at Santa Casa Hospital in Brazil at age 4 she did not speak and had major developmental delays. Yasmine lost 90 percent of her vision as an infant and her mother assumed she could not learn without being able to see or communicate.

Ana Lucia Rago, who has worked at the Low Vision Center since 1998, convinced Yasmine's mother to send her to school and start therapies. Today Yasmine is an enthusiastic fourth grade student who uses a magnification device to read the same materials as her classmates.

Rago has been astounded by Yasmine's progress: "She read a book and she told me the story of the book in her own words."

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Time Capsules Capture Today, Anticipate the Future

Two Time Capsules have been buried on the site of Perkins' new Lower School building, which opens officially on the school's anniversary on March 2, 2011. The date marks 100 years in Watertown, MA. The new building will provide fully accessible, state- of-the-art, environmentally friendly education facilities for the 80 grade school- and middle school-aged students who attend Perkins Lower School.

The Time Capsules, packed with student essays, commemorative items, and current day news, are set to be opened on March 2, 2029 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the school's founding in Boston in 1829.

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5. New Educational Webcast: Hands & Touch

In this new webcast, "Reflections on Deafblindness: Hands & Touch," Barbara Miles, a well-known author and lecturer, discusses the unique function hands serve for individuals who are deafblind. For people with vision and hearing impairments, hands become eyes, ears, and a voice. Barbara's realization that hands have so many critical roles changed the way she interacts with the hands of children who are deafblind.

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Discover Conference for Parents of School-Aged Children

October 23, 2010

Perkins Campus

This conference brings families & professionals from several states to our campus. Everyone leaves with new skills, strategies and, above all, hope for their children's success.

The 2010 Discover Conference focuses on helping families build networks and find support from each other.

Visit us online today to learn more about our keynote speaker and exciting sessions.

Additional Sponsors: National Association for Parents of Children with

Visual Impairments, and the New England Consortium Deafblind Project.

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See what's new at Perkins!


7. PERKINS PRODUCTS: Ruby: Vision in the Palm of Your Hand

The RUBY is one of the smallest handheld video magnifiers yet, with powerful magnification (2x to 4x) and a brightly lit four-inch screen. With the folding handle, you can use it like a magnifying glass but with no distortion. Fold the handle to lay the RUBY flat on a page to read any print material on the go!

The RUBY is easy to use for those who are unfamiliar with technology products.

The Trekker Breeze is a handheld GPS for the visually impaired. With Trekker, you will never again have to ask the driver where you are. Enter a location as a landmark and the unit plans a route for walking or riding. You can ask what town you are in, what street you are on, and how far you have to go. Set your starting point as a landmark and you will always be able to find your way home.

Trekker brings security into your travel and adds entertainment to your trip by locating nearby restaurants and stores.

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Visit our online store to see all our product offerings >>


8. OTHER RESOURCES: Perkins Scout

In this growing online database, you'll find reliable, authoritative, and up-to-date resources covering a range of topics, including general information on blindness, help for families with relatives who are visually impaired, and resources for educators and

other professionals.

Start searching today.


9. SUPPORT PERKINS: $66K Received, $34K Left to Go: Help us Close the Gap!

Join us on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 for A Taste of Perkins--an exciting event featuring blindfolded food and wine tastings, sensory exploration stations, drawings, silent auction, and more. Starting 5:30 to 7:30 pm we serve savory offerings and a "chance to win" prize drawings including Celtics game tickets, opening day Fenway 2011 tickets, and much more.

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