Perk Café

By Denise Fitzgerald on Feb 26, 2015

Students develop work skills by performing many skills in real-life settings. The Perk Café at Perkins School For The Blind offers a wide variety of options for work.

  • Students prepare the Café for coffee and lunch service.
  • Coffee is prepared following auditory, braille and large print directions.
  • A talking cash register allows students to wait on customer independently.  
  • Students interact with customers and learn important social skills for the workplace.
  • Training for work in the Café involves learning Serve Safe procedures, hand washing and attention to healthy hygiene practices are stressed.
  • Students are taught to sequence arrival and departure routines and to organize the work setting systematically. 

It is essential that work skills be taught early, chores and active participation in performing tasks should begin when students are young.

Two students carry the sign


Students participate in each step of the process, beginning by carrying the sign out to show that the Café is open.

The specific steps of the procedure will depend on what is happening in the Café that day, as well as on the goals and abilities of each individual student.

perk cafe collage


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Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.