Blind and Visually Impaired Technology Lease Program
Made Possible by Major League Baseball
The Major League Baseball Assistive Technology grant removes barriers in education for our blind and visually impaired students. We believe that our students only need technology and training to be on an equal playing field with their sighted peers, and the MLB is making that possible for students across Arizona. This program gives students the opportunity to use the equipment they need at school and at home.
Each year Major League Baseball (MLB) awards a substantial grant in the host city of the annual All-Star Game to a non-profit agency providing outstanding services to their community. In 2011, the Foundation for Blind Children was the recipient of an MLB grant. The intent of this grant was to provide assistive technology to any student in any District anywhere in Arizona.
The process for acquiring an MLB Technology Lease package is as follows:
- The student must meet the following qualifications:
- Student must have a current IDEA eligibility as a child with a vision impairment.
- Currently be attending a public, charter, BIA school, or homeschooled (K-12th)
- The school district must submit a purchase order:
- Pricing: $350 for an initial Technology Assessment or $2,200 for an MLB Package per student, per school year.
- The MLB Package includes: technology Assessment, technology equipment, unlimited tech support, unlimited Assistive Technology training for one Teacher of the Visually Impaired.
- Schedule and complete an MLB technology assessment with an FBC technology assessor.
- Await an email stating the MLB Package is ready, then pick up the package from FBC’s IT department.
- Have a successful school year with the equipment, and contact FBC’s IT department with any technical issues.
- Return the MLB Package within 1 week of the school year ending.