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Tad Chapman Artifacts Collection

Perkins School for the Blind

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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.

Additional Information:
More information about deafblind education is available on the Perkins History Museum section of perkins.org.

Visit perkins.org/archives for more information about the Perkins Archives.

Rights and Permissions: Use of the images from the collection of Perkins School for the Blind requires written permission. For more information, please visit perkins.org/image-licensing or contact the Archivist at archives@perkins.org

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