Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have compiled a list of common questions that occur from those just being introduced to Foundation for Blind Children for the first time or learning the full extent of all of our services and programs. It is our talented staff and focus on quality programs that allows for us to serve the visually impaired of all ages.
Foundation for Blind Children offers a variety of services and programs for people experiencing vision loss. Please complete this form and someone will be in contact to find what program would best fit your needs.
Foundation for Blind Children offers a variety of services and programs for children with visual impairments and parents of children with visual impairments. Please complete this form and someone will be in contact to find what program would best fit your needs.
Pursue a meaningful career by becoming a Teacher of the Visually Impaired at Arizona State University. Learn more about the program.
FBC serves the blind or visually impaired of all ages. Start receiving services by
applying for Vocational Rehabilitation eligibility through the State of Arizona Department of Economic Security.
FBC offers on-site school services across the Valley in West Phoenix, Central Phoenix and Chandler. Find directions to any of FBC’s three campuses on our homepage.
The MLB Technology Lease Program removes barriers of accessibility to children with vision impairments and enables them to actively use assistive technology. This program allows students to use the equipment at school and at home during the school year and during school breaks. Contact Chris Hawk by phone at 602-337-8233 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Teen-to-Work is a six-week residential program where students live in dorms on Arizona State University’s campus learning what jobs match their abilities or interests and how to get a job. Students gain real life experience about working and living on your own. Plus, they have fun with peers. Contact Cody Alvarez by phone at 602-678-5817 or email at email@example.com to enroll.
College Prep is a six-week residential program held on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. It’s all about learning what to expect and how to succeed in college as a student with visual impairments including assistive technology, orientation and mobility, daily living skills and self-advocacy. Contact Spencer Churchill by phone at 602-337-8253 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.
A Cortical Visual Impairment, commonly abbreviated as CVI, is a decreased visual response due to a neurological condition affecting the visual part of the brain.
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease that occurs in some premature infants. It results from abnormal development of the blood vessels in the retina. ROP is progressive, starting with mild changes and sometimes progressing to severe, sight-threatening changes.
During development of the fetus, abnormalities in the visual system can occur. Some developmental abnormalities include coloboma, microphthalmia (small eye), and optic nerve hypoplasia. These abnormalities often result in vision loss.
Call 602-337-8257 to schedule an appointment with FBC’s Low Vision Clinic.
Foundation for Blind Children offers assistive technology, adaptive equipment, itinerant
teachers, braille and large print textbooks, low vision evaluations, and transition programing.
Please start by emailing email@example.com.
Assistive technology is any device, software or equipment that helps people with vision loss learn, communicate, or live independently. Tools include screen readers, magnifiers, phone navigation techniques and more.
Federal Quota is an annual registration of eligible students that determines a per capita amount of money designated for the purchase of educational materials produced by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). These funds are credited to Federal Quota accounts which are maintained and administered by APH and its Ex Officio Trustees throughout the United States. Learn more.
FBC believes in challenging students with vision loss to raise their expectations. One way this is accomplished is through Challenge Events. Whether it’s sailing the Caribbean, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, or rafting through the Grand Canyon, FBC is raising the bar for the blind and visually impaired community. In October 2022, a blind 21-year-old from Phoenix, Ariz. will pilot a plane from Phoenix, Ariz. to Washington, D.C. Learn more.
Trailblazers is a program for young adults that began in 2021 when a group of 12 took on a challenge of a lifetime through the Grand Canyon. The adventure instilled commitment, communication, teamwork, self-respect, and perseverance. These same values will be instilled during a now annual trip including a Flagstaff retreat during the summer of 2022. Contact Spencer Churchill by phone at 480-313-7527 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The FBC Rising Program is designed to support high-school students to land their dream first-job or volunteer opportunity. Students attend a combination of 1:1 meetings and small group meetings to help them grow in all areas of life. Contact Melanie Audet by phone at 321-917-0617 or email at email@example.com to enroll.
Itinerant teachers are Teachers of the Visually Impaired who travel throughout a school district to offer instruction or resources to support a visually impaired student, their teachers and their parents. Learn more.