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Team Perkins is participating in the Flutie 5K Epic Adventure!

Perkins is excited to be participating in Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K to raise money to help the people and families who are affected by autism live life to the fullest! Perkins works with many students and adults just like Dougie who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Perkins’ individualized care, expertise, and innovative approaches help the people we support in leading capable, connected, and healthy lives. Be a part of TEAM PERKINS and join with us in a collaborative, empowering and wonderful network of positivity!
When you register to virtually run or walk as a member of Team Perkins you will:
  • Support the people we serve who struggle with complex needs, including over one- third of Perkins students and adults with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Directly support Perkins – 100% of Team Perkins fundraising will come back entirely to our agency
  • Engage in a healthy (and doable!) activity that’s a positive diversion from today’s stress
  • There’s no fundraising minimum commitment. Be a part of Team Perkins and do what you can to help our cause. Because we’re stronger together!
WHERE
It’s virtual! So choose your own personal favorite 5k course.
WHEN
Anytime from September 12 – 21. But register ASAP to get your fundraising going!
HOW
It’s simple! Take 5 minutes to register with our team here and
help us run stronger together.
If you’d like to donate to Team Perkins, but don’t want to participate in the race, use this link here.
Questions? Please call Erin Martin in Perkins’ Office of Organizational Advancement at (978) 368-6429 or emartin@perkinschool.org.

Re: Our Commitment to Promoting Inclusivity and Fighting Racism

To the Perkins Community, Last week, with the support of both staff and residents, we were proud to put up Black Lives Matter signs across our campus. The signs speak to our commitment to racial equity and to being part of the solution and conversation to address racism and discrimination that results in disproportionately negative outcomes for BlackContinue Reading

Our Commitment to Promoting Inclusivity and Fighting Racism

To the Perkins Community, In coordination with the Perkins leadership team, I feel compelled to share some brief thoughts with you. Over the last 3 months, we have been battling the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. However, as the recent killing of George Floyd brought to light once again, another pandemic, one defined by racism, inequality, and policeContinue Reading

Executive Functioning for Beginners

A piece by Nicole Bediako, Doctor Franklin Perkins School Occupational Therapist. Hello! My name is Nicole Bediako and I’m an occupational therapist here at DFPS. I am also a mother of two small children, one toddler and one very active third grader. These times have shaken us to our very foundation. As an OT providing virtual sessions,Continue Reading

Perkins COVID-19 Emergency Fund

We’re so grateful to be able to count on our strong and resilient Perkins community and we hope that you and yours are healthy and well as we all navigate these unsettling times. Our 24-hour residential programs for children, adults, and elders remain open, operating with caution and care to protect our residents and staff. They areContinue Reading

Online Family Resources

The following list of resources for families is a mere sample of the many wonderful options available online for children and adults of all ages and abilities to learn, engage, stay active, and be healthy during this unusual time. We have chosen them based on their fit for the students, adults, and families in our Perkins community, but weContinue Reading

Perkins CDC to Offer Free Emergency Child Care

Perkins Child Development Center to Offer Free Emergency Child Care Drop-in Child Care for Essential Employees and First Responders Starting Wednesday, April 1st (2020), the Perkins Child Development Center has been approved by the Department of Early Education and Care to open as an Emergency Child Care Program. This is a FREE drop-in program for those who meet the essential personnel qualificationsContinue Reading

As I See It: Power, strength of human spirit on display at Perkins School

Op-Ed by Perkins President & CEO, Michael Ames, published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The stock market has dropped by over 30% since its peak in mid-February, schools have shut down, Gov. Charlie Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory and a mandatory shutdown of non-essential businesses, and confirmed cases of Covid-19 are increasing atContinue Reading

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 Updates for the Perkins Community (Last updated August, 2020) As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread rapidly across communities and is an evolving situation for all of us, including Perkins, we have been and will continue to consult with State officials and our medical advisors to ensure the best and safest care for all that we work withContinue Reading

2019 Annual Report – Enjoy!

We are honored to share our 2019 Annual Report, Working Together, highlighting the power of collaboration at Perkins. We are so proud of the people, teams, and programs described within. As we reflect upon another great year, we are –as always– especially appreciative to the individuals we serve, as well as their families, for their partnershipContinue Reading