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See Why Sen. Elizabeth Warren Stopped by Watertown

Sen. Warren toured Perkins School for the Blind and learned about issues facing the blind.

A Perkins student demonstrates braille technology for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, right, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, and State Sen. Will Brownsberger. Photo: Anna Miller for Perkins.
A Perkins student demonstrates braille technology for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, right, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, and State Sen. Will Brownsberger. Photo: Anna Miller for Perkins.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren stopped by Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown on Monday to find out more about the students and the work done at the school.

She was joined on her visit by U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and State Sen. Will Brownsberger. 

During the visit, the group met with the Secondary Program Student Council, where Robert, the student council vice president, demonstrated a high-tech braille device. They took a phrase suggested by Warren and put it into the machine which then "spoke" it back to them, according to a release from Perkins. 

The students also talked about bullying, depression and concerns about campus security.

Warren learned about Perkins' history at the museum in the Howe Building. Then she spoke with Library Director Kim Charlson and Superintendent of Education Programs Dorinda Rife about key issues such as access to reading materials, assistive technology and education rights for people who are blind or deafblind.

Perkins plays an instrumental role in the design and management of iCanConnect, part of a federal program ensuring access to communications technology for Americans who are deaf-blind, according to the release. 

“I’m always so proud to be from Massachusetts [and be part of the Mass. delegation in Washington]. We fundamentally get the notion that we should invest in the future. It’s about providing opportunities for all of our children. Not for some of them, not for many of them – for all of them,” Warren said, according to the Perkin's release.

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