• 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. 

    Donate to FBC today and directly support Arizona’s blind and visually impaired while receiving a tax credit. The maximum credit allowed is $800 for married filing joint filers and $400 for single, heads of household, and married filing separate filers.

    Learn more. 

    Thank you for considering Foundation for Blind Children in your planned giving. Please contact Jared Leslie by phone at 602-678-5816 or email at jleslie@seeitourway.org for more information. Learn more. 

    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 chawk@seeitourway.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 calvarez@seeitourway.org 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 schurchill@seeitourway.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

    Teaching Tips Tuesday shares useful tips and tricks for vision professionals and teachers of students with visual impairments. Subscribe to the TTT email list to receive a tip in your inbox every week.  

    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 info@seeitourway.org.

    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. 

    Learn more about assistive technology options, troubleshooting and more during FBC’s weekly Assistive Technology Tips. Subscribe to the ATT email list to receive a tip in your inbox every week. If you have a question regarding assistive technology.

    Designated by the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona Instructional Resource Center (AIRC) is the state media center and library for all students in the State of Arizona who are blind or have a visual impairment. Submit a request for materials. 

    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. 

    Braille on Demandis a custom transcription service for students with visual impairments in grades K-12. The service transcribes quizzes, worksheets, tests, PowerPoint presentations and more within 48-hours. Learn more or submit a request. 

    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 schurchill@seeitourway.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 maudet@seeitourway.org 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. 

    Send an email to Stuart Herrick at sherrick@seeitourway.org with any requests.