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Workshop: Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for people who are:

  • Interested in repairing non-functioning Perkins Braillers
  • Beginners to the technical workings of the braillers
  • Anticipating becoming Perkins Certified for Level 1 & 2 General Maintenance and Minor Repairs

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Perform the skills required to repair non-functionable Perkins Brailler
  • Be certified as both a Level 1 & 2 General Maintenance and Minor Repairs Technician
  • Restore braillers that have been out of operation for years
  • Reduce the costs you, your organization, or your school incurs with repairs
  • Reach your individual repair goals
  • Reduce the time your braillers are inoperable by eliminating having to send them out for repair

If you’re interested in being able to make all repairs or run your own repair business, you’ll have to also complete our Level 3 Major Repairs Workshop.




Our Workshops are offered on the following 2 weeks: Level 1 and 2 can leave once they have received certification.  

  • Week A July 29h - August 4th  (Certification end of day July 31st) Fully Booked (3/12/24) 
  • Week B August 4th - August 11th  (Certification end of day August 7th) Spots Still Available 

Please click here to be placed on a Summer 2024 Brailler Repair Training waitlist. (For Week B only) 


$800, includes tuition, complimentary breakfast and lunch. Pricing varies if accommodations are included. At registration, you will be asked whether you’d like to include on-campus housing. Please note: there will be additional costs for tools and supplies that you will use during your training and are yours to keep after the workshop. 



The Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop focuses on inspecting, cleaning and lubricating a brailler; understanding spare parts; learning how to use the service manual; and learning how to perform basic troubleshooting and maintenance on a Perkins Brailler.

  • Introduction Faculty/Participants
  • Introduction to Braillers
  • Utilizing the Service Manual
  • Identification of Tools, Assemblies and Parts
  • Cleaning and Lubrication
  • Inspecting a Brailler
  • Basic Maintenance
  • Dismantling of Exterior Castings, except Right End Plate and Left End Plate
  • Cleaning of Brailler with Left and Right Plate attached
  • Disassemble and Reassemble Pressure Roller several times
  • Disassemble and Reassemble Beam several times
  • Remove Keys, Cam Levers, Spacebar, Links and Backspace assemblies
  • Remove and Reinstall Mainspring several times
  • Remove and Reinstall Intermediate Gear several times


On campus, discounted, dorm-like accommodations can be purchased with each workshop at checkout. Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop accommodations include:

  • 4 night stay, non-negotiable
  • Total price of $400
  • Check-in night before workshop at 3:00pm EST
  • Check-out last day of workshop at 8:00am EST

Other local housing options include AirB&B, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Watertown Boston, Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Watertown, Crown Plaza Boston – Newton, Super 8 by Wyndham Watertown.

Perkins On-Campus Room Overview

While rooms are very basic, you can expect them to be clean and functional. All rooms are private, unless you chose to share one. However, bathrooms are shared amongst all guests, which can be 2-4 at any given point. Each room has access to a shared common space and kitchen. Additional amenities can be read below.


  • Air conditioned
  • Pillows, blankets, and towels provided
  • Shared bathroom with the 2-4 guests on the floor
  • 100% Non-Smoking Guest Rooms
  • Wifi Access
  • Free parking
  • Laundry access
  • Kitchen access in shared space – stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dish washer
  • Shared common space with TV & small couch
  • Not Provided: shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair dryer, and other basic amenities you'd expect in a standard hotel

Transportation Options

  • Free on-campus parking
  • Public transportation, buses
  • Uber & Lyft

Dining Options

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided during workshop days
  • Grocery stores are within driving distance of campus and rooms come with access to a fully equipped kitchen, and therefore, cooking for yourself is an option
  • One diner less than 0.1 miles from housing
  • Several other dining options with 0.5 -1.0 mile away



Will housing be available during the on-campus workshop?

Yes, after you’ve chosen the workshop and date that is right for you, you are able to add housing and then complete checkout. Learn more about our housing amenities.

Can I take one workshop at a time?

Yes. You do not have to take the Level 3 Major Repair’s workshop at the same time you take Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop.

However, we highly recommend you take the Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop as a prerequisite for the Level 3 Major Repair’s Workshop. We have several people who take Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop in one year, and then take the Level 3 Major Repair’s Workshop the next year.

Can I do the workshops if I’m blind?

We have had several folks who are blind or visually impaired complete our training. With that said, there are aspects of the course that may be more difficult given the hands on nature of the course. Please contact Dan Roy at dan.roy@perkins.org to discuss the material accommodations we can make for you.

Can I do the workshops anywhere?

We're happy to discuss the possibility of bringing the workshop to your location. Email dan.roy@perkins.org to start the conversation.