Independence Programs

Sports, Habilitation, Arts and Recreation Program (SHARP)

SHARP provides year-round opportunities for school aged students.  Weekend programs during the school year and weeklong programs in the summer provide a variety of activities ranging from rock climbing to beep baseball.  To be independent in the world, SHARP participants must be able to manage daily living activities. Whether dressing, 

grooming, cooking, eating, managing money or cleaning their room; each child must learn to be independent in managing their daily affairs. Rehabilitation teachers from the Foundation work individually with SHARP participants to accomplish these goals.
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As our students reach high school age, they are eligible to participate in our Teen to Work summer program.  This six week program is a residential program on the campus of ASU that prepares participants for their first experience in the job market.  Participants will prepare resumes, participate in job interviews and have the opportunity to intern or job shadow in a career field that interests them.  For many, this is their first opportunity to live away from their family and learn the true meaning of being independent including planning and preparing meals, doing laundry, arranging transportation and budgeting their money.
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The College Readiness Program equips college-bound Arizona high-school students who are visually impaired with the knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills to successfully transition to college and obtain a college degree. We provide focused guidance throughout the college preparation and application process.

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Adult and transitional services supports clients who are on a pathway to higher education, as well as offering core competencies for independent living.
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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. The AIRC provides adapted materials to its student clientele to help facilitate learning in the classroom, whether it be braille or large print text- and workbooks, recreational reading materials, or other adapted instructional materials and equipment, such as maps, rulers, games, braille writers, special paper, to name a few. Every effort is made to serve each student with the materials he may need in the classroom, in mainstreamed or other instructional settings. There is an annual library service fee per student for textbook provision, billed to the student's school district. One set of equipment per student is provided at no cost to the district.
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FBC has a full-time low vision clinic at our central location staffed by a certified optometrist.  Low vision is a term used to describe a patient whose functional vision is not fully corrected with conventional lenses.  Our optometrist completes a low vision exam and designs a customized treatment plan for each patient’s specific needs. Optical aids and devices such as magnifiers, telescopic systems, closed circuit televisions (CCTV’s) and specialized glasses may be prescribed. This examination serves as a coordination between the primary eye doctor, access to community rehabilitation services, and recommendations to other divisions available at the Foundation for Blind Children.
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