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Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Michael Yudin to Give Remarks at the Perkins School for the Blind Science Fair in Watertown, MA


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Event Date 1: May 03, 2013 01:30 pm - 03:30 pm

Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Michael Yudin will give remarks at the Perkins School for the Blind Science Fair in Watertown, Mass., on Friday, May 3. Yudin will discuss the importance of high academic standards, especially in math and science. Additionally he will stress the importance of technology and assistive technology to ensure full access to learning for all students.

The Perkins School Science Fair comes just one week after the 2013 White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama. The President is committed to making significant investments in science and math programs. He recently announced the launch of a new AmeriCorps track focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education; the launch by 10 leading education nonprofits and U.S. technology companies, of US2020—a campaign to encourage companies to commit 20 percent of their STEM employees to 20 hours per year of mentoring or teaching by the year 2020; and an announcement of more than 1,000 summer learning events planned as part of the upcoming Summer of Making and Connecting program supported by the MacArthur Foundation; among others.

The Perkins School is the first school in the United States for people who are visually impaired. More than 200 students populate Perkins’ residential and day programs, thriving on the guidance of an exceptional, interdisciplinary team of highly trained teachers, clinicians, residential and support staff. Perkins students enjoy an academic experience similar to that of any child, but also have access to specialized services that are critical for their development into adulthood. Students also benefit from everyday interaction with their peers and friends, and special programs in the community.


Event 1
Who : Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services, U.S. Department of Education
What : Remarks at the Perkins School for the Blind Science Fair
When : 1:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 3, 2013
Where : The Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon St.
Watertown, Mass.
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