FBC is proud to have the largest preschool for the blind and visually impaired in the country. As a child comes of preschool age, they need the opportunity to participate in intensive specialized education. FBC, in cooperation with the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind, provides daily classroom instruction for children, both singularly impaired and multiply disabled. Specialized teachers, counselors, and therapists work with parents to plan individualized programs to best meet the child’s needs.
Research has shown the first five years of life are the most critical developmental period, affecting all future growth and development. Much of what a child learns is through vision, so FBC’s preschool for the blind teaches students how to “see” the world in different ways. The child learns how to relate to the world, how to move in the world and how to understand the world around themselves. They develop attitudes and aptitudes in preschool that will affect them the rest of their life.
Along with normal academics, students at our school are provided lessons in orientation and mobility so they can understand and navigate through their surroundings. Specialized therapies develop skills in speech and language, physical mobility, and sensory processing. Students are also given instruction in performing many everyday life roles and tasks, to maximize their independence.