Foundation for Blind Children
2430 S. 75th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85043
Marc Ashton, CEO, mashton@SeeItOurWay.org
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SAAVI offers a wide range of services to blind and low vision persons and their families. Services cross the life span with programs and clients ranging from children in kindergarten to older individuals in their 80s.
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.
Provides counseling and financial assistance to parents of children who are blind or visually impaired and counseling for young and school-age children and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information and Referral
Libraries/Alternate Media and Learning Resources
Maintains the Arizona Instructional Resource Center, the state-designated depository for instructional materials for public and private schools.
Provides adapted materials to its student clientele to help facilitate learning in the classroom, whether it be braille or large print textbooks and workbooks, recreational reading materials, or other adapted instructional materials and equipment.
Low Vision Services
The Vision Rehabilitation Service treats individuals of all ages with vision impairment.
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.
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.
Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
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.
Sports, Habilitation, Arts and Recreation Program (SHARP)
S.M.A.R.T. Program (Skill Mastery and Adjustment in Rehabilitation and Transition)