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Foundation for Blind Children - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Foundation for Blind Children
1235 East Harmont Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 331-1470 (Local)
(602) 678-5803 (Fax)
www.seeitourway.org

Brief Description

The purpose of Foundation for Blind Children is create opportunity for anyone with vision loss to achieve. With three Valley locations (East Valley, West Valley and Central Phoenix), we strive to serve as "the" community's resource for blind, visually-impaired, and multi-handicapped children, adults, and their families. The Foundation for Blind Children provides a comprehensive system of services, which optimizes the blind, or visually-impaired child's development and offers many opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life--starting with infancy, through preschool, elementary and secondary education throughout college and adulthood. Many of our children graduate from college, pursue successful careers and lead lives filled with enriching possibilities.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2100
Number of staff: 85
Publications: Three agency informational brochures, an annual report and the quarterly Foundation Focus newsletter.

Locations

2005 N. 91st Place
Chandler, AZ 85224

1234 E. Northern Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

2430 S. 75th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85043

Staff

Stephanie Aleman, Human Resources, (602) 337-8271, saleman@seeitourway.org
Marc Ashton, CEO, mashton@SeeItOurWay.org
Lexie Dion, Education Services Director
Mark Franklin, Director of Adult & Transition Services, (602) 331-1470, mfranklin@seeitourway.org
Cody Franklin, Director of Youth and Family Services, cfranklin@seeitourway.org
Dee Nortman, Chief Financial Officer, (602) 331-1470, dnortman@seeitourway.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • We offer a variety of Assistive Technology Computer training classes for adults.
  • Counseling
    • We offer counseling services to all of our Adult Clients
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • We offer Daily Living and Independent Living Skills to Adults that attend our program where skills sets such as independent living and job readiness are the focus.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • A non-residential comprehensive and cohesive job readiness program to assist blind/visually impaired adults in obtaining employment.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers vision rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages with vision impairment.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • We have certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist on staff to provide services to Adult Clients.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Sets up outreach (satellite) programs with school districts as needed.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides assessment and training to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired in the use of the latest assistive technologies.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides rehabilitation teaching and training in communications skills. Conducts summer independent living program, pre-vocational counseling.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Works with the blind or low vision child and family in both home and classroom. Has a 12-month, home-based program for infants from birth to 3 years.
  • Education Services
    • Itinerant teachers work with the child and classroom teacher in the child’s educational setting to develop literacy and compensatory skills necessary to access information. The itinerant teacher of children with visual impairment adapts classroom materials in a variety of ways such as adding braille, tactile or visual cues, or large print so the child has equal access to the materials.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers year-round services for students and adults who are transitioning into the work force. Programs focus on interviewing techniques, job search strategies and work experience opportunities. It offers a six-week comprehensive summer independent living program as well as a six-week college preparation program open to high school seniors across Arizona.
  • Health
    • Provides adaptive equipment, genetic counseling, low vision exams, immunizations, blood tests, and other health services on referral basis. Contracts for audiology, physical, occupational and speech therapy for young children.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The Vision Rehabilitation Service treats individuals of all ages with vision impairment.
  • Preschool Programs
    • The Foundation, in cooperation with the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind, provides daily preschool classroom programs for children who are blind or visually impaired, and who also may have multiple handicaps. Has a home-based program with center component for infants, classrooms with home teaching component for infants and toddlers who are visually impaired, multiply disabled, or deaf-blind.
  • Recreation Services
    • The SHARP program provides year-round opportunities for school-age students. There are weekend programs during the school year and weeklong programs in the summer with activities from archeology to zoology. Students participate in sports like rock climbing, swimming and diving, horseback riding and goal-ball.
  • Support for Parents
    • Holds weekly meetings, in-home visits, and family support workshops 1-2 times a year.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation to preschools when children are placed out of the center.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internships/fieldwork in special education/visually impaired and regular in-service training programs.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Sports, Habilitation, Arts and Recreation Program (SHARP)
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