Perkins School for the Blind has a top reputation for working with students with special needs, and that status has been confirmed by a national ranking of such schools.
The Masters’s in Special Education included Perkins in its list of top private schools in the nation for children with special needs.
Along with providing itinerant services, independence courses for students who attend public schools, evaluations, and training for educators and other professionals, Perkins serves the world’s largest concentration of students with CHARGE syndrome, which causes complex birth defects including hearing and vision impairments, according to the site.
The ranking were based on the following factors:
- Schools were licensed and/or accredited by an appropriate entity relative to the types of services they provide.
- Schools offer a low faculty to student ratio allowing for individualized instruction when possible. In all programs, the opportunity for 1:1 intensive therapy and additional supports were evident.
- All schools selected for this list offer community outreach or support as students re-enter the mainstream.
- Schools selected for this list offer financial assistance or can be paid for (at least in part) with funding from the students home school district. Some schools have elected not to post their tuition, but have acknowledged that there are opportunities for financial assistance.
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