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Professional development classes and workshops


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Date: Sunday, 25 February 2018, 12:29 PM

Overview of Perkins Professional Development

We offer a variety of  credits, depending on the activity, including Continuing Education Credit (CEUs), Professional Development Points (PDPs), ACVREP credits. Graduate Credit, and ASHA credits. 

Online Classes 
Online classes are instructor-led,collaborative learning experience with a cohort of professionals with similar needs and interests.  They are asynchronous, meaning the class works through the material together, but does not meet at a specified date or time.
Self-Paced Online Classes

Self-paced online classes (tutorials) combine the guidance of Perkins eLearning online classes with the flexibility of on-demand web content to create a professional development experience focused on each participant's needs and interests. There is no time limit to completing a Perkins Self-Paced Online Class!

Onsite Training

The Perkins Training Center offers training on the Perkins campus in Watertown, MA, as well as locations around the northeastern United States.  Many of these trainings include an online component in addition to the face-to-face training in a blended model.

Classes and Training sessions are open to all! Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and service providers participate along with teachers and therapists on topics of interest to everyone who works with students who are blind or visually impaired, including students with additional disabilities or deafblindness.

Browse this catalog to learn more about the topics available, and register for classes.

Use the arrow keys to page through, or click chapter headings under the Table of Contents.

Need  more information? Review our Frequently Asked Questions, or email

Onsite Blended Classes

Onsite "Blended" Classes combine an in-person training session with resources and assignments accessed online.

CVI Symposium  April 7, 2017
CVI Complexity   April 8, 2017
iBooks Author     April 28, 2017
Basic Electronics  May 5, 2017
CVI summer Institute

*Sign up for an Onsite Blended Class plus an Online Class ("Workshop") and receive a discount!

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Perkins eLearning Catalog of Online Classes

Use the links below to learn more about the course requirements, instructors, and required resources for individual online classes. Please note that prices may refer to previous class dates and are subject to change.

Applying ABA Approaches with Students who are Visually Impaired, Blind, or Deafblind 

Augmentative Communication Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities 

Accessible Literacy for Early Readers: Students Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Deafblind

Autism and Visual Impairment: The Better Together Curriculum 

Bookshare In-Depth (Beginners' Course) 

Bookshare Train the Trainer (Mentors' Course) 

Career Development & Self-Determination to Achieve Transition Success: Expanding the Core Curriculum

CHARGE Syndrome - Basic Information for Care Providers 

Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes

Cortical Visual Impairment

Essential Assessments for Students with Visual Impairments 

IEPs and Incorporating the Common Core Standards for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Introduction to Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: Visual Impairment Due to Damage to the Brain

Multimedia Accessibility in the Modern Classroom 

Preparing for Transition from School to Adult Life – Starting the Process Early! 

Teaching Social Skills to Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired 

Teaching Strategies for Students Who are Blind/VI with Multiple Disabilities in the Sensorimotor Stage of Development 

The "What's the Complexity" Framework

Working with Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment

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Self-Paced Tutorials (always open)

Perkins Self-Paced, online tutorials are made up of video segments, readings, and assigned activities that enhance and apply your learning. You may complete and submit the assignments in any order, and there is no deadline for completion. Assignments and assessments are evaluated on a Pass/Fail scale, and all requirements must be met to receive credits. Schedule your study as you like, and work through assignments wherever you have an Internet connection!

Click each title to learn more about self-paced professional development for 10 clock hours or more.

Applying the Expanded Core Curriculum 

Alternate Routes

Bookshare in Depth

Cerebral Visual Impairment

CHARGE Syndrome

Functional Vision Assessment

National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities

Welcoming Students with Visual Impairments to Your School

Browse additional topics available for 1.5 continuing education, professional development, or ACVREP credits on our website

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