Students and teachers had their worlds flipped upside down last year when the pandemic forced most to swap chalkboards for Zoom screens. A large part of teaching online, for many, became visual. But what about the challenges of online learning for those who are visually impaired or blind?

Our neighbors at Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown, had to think quickly about ensuring their students still received a quality education and maintained community when they went remote. A sense of touch is fundamental to those without a sense of sight. So how did Perkins students, teachers and parents manage in a world that was suddenly socially distant?


Rachel Antonino, lower school teacher at Perkins School for the Blind.

Matteo Faso, a senior at Perkins.

Michelle Contey, Matteo's mother.