Perkins School for the Blind

Carmela Otero

Carmela Otero of Newark, New Jersey was a student in the Deaf-Blind Program at Perkins in the 1930s. Carmela arrived at Perkins at age six and developed a vocabulary of 402 words in two years time. She became a proficient user of the Tadoma method, and also used her voice and speech to communicate. Her teachers include Miss Keyes.

She is shown here in various activities at Perkins School for the Blind, including reading and writing Braille, using Tadoma and tactile sign language, and playing with other children.

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