• MLB Technology Lease Program

    Getting technology to as many students as possible

    Each year Major League Baseball (MLB) awards a substantial grant in the host city of the annual All-STARS 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. We believe that the success of each child with a vision impairment relies on having the necessary assistive technology tools to be competitive with their sighted peers. The MLB assistive technology grant removes barriers of accessibility to children with vision impairments to be able to actively use assistive technology.  This program allows students to use the equipment at school and at home during the school year and during schools breaks.

    This website provides resources on using a variety of products offered by the program. In addition to the Resource Center, we have provided a Support Request form which will send an email directly to FBC’s IT department.

    This MLB Program website is new, so any suggestions on content, or features to add to this site are greatly appreciated. You can use the Support Request form and add “Feedback” in the Subject line.

    For more information about this program, please contact Seth Leblond by phone 602-337-8196 or email sleblond@seeitourway.org

    Getting Started

    Below is the process for acquiring an MLB package:

    1. 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 Grade)
    2. The school district must submit a purchase order:
      Pricing:
      – $350 for just a Technology Assessment
      – $2,200 for an MLB Package per student, per school year
      Includes:
      Technology Assessment
      Technology equipment
      Unlimited tech. support
      Unlimited Assistive Technology training for one Teacher of the Visually Impaired

      – Training is by appointment only & subject to availability
      – Can be used at any point in the school year 
      throughout the term of the technology lease
    3. Schedule and complete an MLB Technology Assessment with an FBC technology assessor.
    4. Await an email saying the MLB Package is ready, then pick up the package from FBC’s IT department.
    5. Have a successful school year with the equipment, and contact FBC’s IT department with any technical issues.
    6. Return the MLB Package within 1 weeks of the school year ending.

    Resources

    Here you will find helpful videos and documents to assist you in utilizing the different equipment that we have available. Please follow the links below the item that you would like to learn more about. Note that the products below are not the only products offered by the program.

    This website includes but is not limited to resources on a variety of products offered by the program. In addition to the Resource Center, we have provided a Support Request form which will send an email directly to FBC’s IT department. 

    This MLB Program website is new, so any suggestions on content, or features to add to this site are greatly appreciated. You can use the Support Request form and add “Feedback” in the Subject line.

    For more information about this program, please contact Seth Leblond by phone 602-337-8196 or email sleblond@seeitourway.org

    For more information please contact:

    Seth Leblond | Assistive Technology Coordinator
    P: 602-337-8196 | E: sleblond@seeitourway.org