Perkins School for the Blind

Tad Chapman Artifacts Collection

Winthrop "Tad" Chapman (1915-1996) was a student in the deafblind program at the Perkins Institute (now the Perkins School for the Blind). He lost his vision and hearing at the age of four as result of spinal meningitis.

The Tadoma method of communication was named for Tad and Oma Simpson, who were the first deafblind students to use it. In this method, the deafblind person places his hand on the speaker's jaw and lips, while also feeling the vibration of the vocal chords.

Chapman graduated from Perkins in June, 1938, and was then invited to South Africa to help establish educational work for the deafblind there.

The photos in this set show artifacts that Chapman collected during his own travels, as well as items that were given to him by others.

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