The Blind and Low-Vision Community’s Essential Resource
FBC was founded in 1952 by parents who didn’t want to send their blind children to the State Institution for the Blind in Tucson, which was the only option at the time. From those initial four families, FBC has grown to now serve over 2,000 blind, visually impaired, and multiple disabled clients of all ages, from birth to over 100 years old. As the only agency of its kind in Arizona, FBC serves as the essential resource to the blind and low-vision community.
Our mission is to provide education, tools, and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence. Beginning with our Early Intervention Program for infants and their parents, we support students as they grow into our preschool, and then provide Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Assistive Technology, and Braille Books to students as they join their local schools. Our Adaptive Sports and Recreation, Teen-to-Work, and College Prep Programs give kids the life skills and confidence they need to be successful. Adults who lose their vision later in life can come to us to learn how to adapt and receive training in everything from how to cook without sight to how Assistive Technology will keep them thriving in the workforce.
At FBC, we believe that vision loss is not a barrier; it’s just something that requires a different way of doing things. Our students have climbed the tallest mountain in Africa, swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco, and rafted through the rapids of the Grand Canyon. They have played varsity football, started businesses, and have even flown airplanes. FBC graduates are engineers, doctors, and teachers. We don’t ask what can’t blind people do; we prove what they can do.