Foundation for Blind Children

See It Our Way

aka FBC   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.SeeItOurWay.org

Mission

Foundation for Blind Children, founded in 1952, has become a national model for agencies serving the blind. The Mission of FBC is to create opportunity for anyone with vision loss to achieve. We provide a comprehensive system of services which optimizes the blind or visually impaired child's development and which provides many opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life - starting with infancy, through preschool, elementary and secondary education throughout college and adulthood. Our goal is to help these individuals achieve success in life, school and career.

Ruling year info

1968

Principal Officer

Mr. Marc Ashton

Main address

1234 E. Northern Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85020 USA

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EIN

86-0129981

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FBC is dedicated to giving our blind students the same access to life as their sighted peers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

All programs

Four major areas of service are provided to children and adults including the following: Early Intervention provides early mobility, parent training and developmental therapies for infants and children ages 0-5 years. Infant and preschool programs are provided. Our elementary and secondary education programs provide mobility instruction, adapted sports and recreation, rehabilitation and independent living skills training for ages 6-18 through the public and private school system (school year) and during the weekend and summer. The Media Center provides braille and large print textbooks, literary books, maps, rulers and other materials for all Arizona school-age students, children and adults with vision impairments. The Assistive Technology Center provides computer technology assessments and training using equipment such as CCTV, speech output, Braille refreshable keypad, assistive software. Team Technology provides assessments and training to school-age children during the weekend and summer program. Employment placement, assessments, training and career counseling is provided to adults.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The full-time employment rate for visually impaired adults in the U.S. is only 30%. The employment rate for visually impaired adults completing training at FBC is 85%.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is simple. A world where vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability.

FBC is in the process of partnering with Arizona State University to create a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) program. This program will position FBC as a national thought leader while creating a pipeline of highly qualified teachers.

A strong commitment to financial responsibility, paired with a national reputation as a thought leader in the industry, puts FBC in a strong position to meet our goals.

FBC has developed a Braille on Demand service to keep students on pace with their sighted peers in the classroom. Our MLB program provides technology and training to our students that would otherwise be unaffordable to them.

Finally, the unemployment rate for blind adults in the United States is 70%. That unemployment rate for adult FBC graduates is 15%. Our students go to work!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Foundation for Blind Children

Board of directors
as of 5/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Pope

Henry+Horne

Term: 2018 - 2020

Alan Taylor

Donor Network of Arizona

Bill Gates

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Dave Grounds

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David Hansen

Jennings Strouss

David Nigro

Snell & Wilmer

Erin Compton

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Erin Nelson

University of Arizona College of Medicine

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Thomas Hicks

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Jacob Brown

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James Senften

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Mary Jacobs

Kennedy Wilson

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