Teaching Tips Tuesday-How To Increase Braille Reading Speed

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Dr. Nicole Johnson, Head of Vision Department at Kutztown University shares her findings in how to improve this necessary skill for the visually impaired From Teaching Tips Tuesday Alex: Hey everybody! Welcome back to another episode of Teaching Tips Tuesday; today we have with us Dr. Nicole Johnson, she is the head of the vision […]

FBC Graduate to Run in New York City Marathon

From right to left, Daniel and his sighted guide wearing bright yelow shirtsrun the Hot Chocolate Marathon in Phoenix, Ariz.

FBC Graduate to Run in New York City Marathon   Daniel Nevarez says he would’ve given up without FBC   By Chloe Ranshaw       “I would’ve never imagined this in my wildest dreams”, says 41-year-old Daniel Nevarez about his newfound running career. The Phoenix resident is headed to New York in November to […]

Orientation and Mobility Training to Fly a Plane

Fred and Kaiya sit beside eachother at a table working on a laptop

Orientation and Mobility Training to Fly a Plane   How an Orientation and Mobility instructor and former pilot is playing a role in Flight for Sight   By Chloe Ranshaw     Fred Hall, a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility instructor, joined Foundation for Blind Children in 2021 with a unique […]

Esme Peterson Receives June Star of the Month Award

Esme Peterson Receives June Star of the Month Award   Peers nominated Esme for the award, “She’s an asset to all departments at FBC”.   By Chloe Ranshaw     Esme Peterson, Family Support Specialist, wins July Star of the Month award from peers at Foundation for Blind Children. The adjustment to vision loss or […]

Adaptations for a Blind Pilot

Adaptations for a Blind Pilot   How can someone fly a plane without vision?   By Chloe Ranshaw     Is it possible for a person without vision to fly a plane? While most pilots rely on sight, it is possible for a blind pilot to rely on sound, touch and other adaptations instead. Adaptations allow […]

Visually Impaired Teen Blossoms

Irene sits in the stands of a Diamondbacks game smiling holding a baseball and miniature bat

Visually Impaired Teen Blossoms   Irene completes Teen-to-work for the first time   By Chloe Ranshaw     “I didn’t think too much about it”, says 17-year-old Irene describing her visual impairment. She was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at six months old. The diagnosis would result in the removal of Irene’s left eye and replacement with […]

Conquering the Skies With Vision Loss

Wide view of the sky and desert from the wing of a white plane flown by a person with vision loss

Conquering the Skies With Vision Loss   “It’s like you enter a whole different world.”   By Chloe Ranshaw   “I didn’t know what to imagine but my dad told me to imagine a rollercoaster”, says Kaiya Armstrong. She remembers the first time she ever stepped foot in a plane, a small Cessna aircraft, as […]

Blind Pilot Trains on Flight Simulator

Kaiya sits wearing a pink t-shirt and black glasses in a dark room looks at a flight simulator control panel and screens

Blind Pilot Trains on Flight Simulator   Kaiya continues Flight for Sight training at Aerial Engagement   By Chloe Ranshaw     Blind 21-year-old and soon-to-be pilot, Kaiya Armstrong, continues training on flight simulator at Aerial Engagement in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kaiya’s training as part of Foundation for Blind Children’s Flight for Sight is almost complete. […]

Teens with Visual Impairments Visit iFLY

A Teen to Work Student flying with instructor

Teens with Visual Impairments Visit iFLY   It was a once in a lifetime experience   By Irene Shott-Lopez                         Foundation for Blind Children took both Teen to Work and College Prep, programs for teens with visual impairments, to iFLY located in Scottsdale, Ariz. […]

Jesse Roan Awarded May Star of the Month

“She is absolutely amazing” Foundation for Blind Children paraeducator turned Inventory Manager, Jesse Roan, wins Star of the Month award for the month of May. Jesse joined FBC as a paraeducator. She currently manages FBC’s Media Center’s vast inventory of braille, large print, equipment and more. Her days are filled with ordering supplies to produce […]