Media Contacts & Facts

Media Contacts

Leslie Jones, Marketing & Events Director
702.735.6223, ljones@nvblindchildren.org

or

Emily Smith, Executive Director
702.735.6223, esmith@nvblindchildren.org

Facts about Nevada Blind Children's Foundation

Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation Facts

  • NBCF is the only nonprofit organization in Nevada solely serving blind and visually impaired children ages birth through 22 years.
  • NBCF was started in 2006 by Kevin and Toni Spilsbury after the birth of their son Conner.
  • During the 2017-18 school year, NBCF served 61 blind and visually impaired children (this was capacity based on its last facility).
  • NBCF is privately funded and has an annual budget of approximately $1m.
  • NBCF’s Discovery Day Camp is the only day camp for blind and visually impaired children in the state of Nevada; and is accredited through the American Camping Association.
  • Most NBCF programs are free to families – only a few have small fees and financial aid is available, so funding is never a reason for a child not to participate.

Nevada Facts

  • Nevada is one of seven states that does not have a school for the blind
    • Other states include: Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wyoming
    • Nevada has approximately 15,800 (non-institutionalized) blind and visually impaired children ages birth-20 yrs.
    • Nevada has approximately 101,600 blind and visually impaired individuals.
    • 6% of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with a visual impairment have full-time/full-year employment.
    • 37% of non-institutionalized working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with a visual impairment have only a high school diploma or equivalent.

National Facts

  • Total number of non-institutionalized individuals with a visual disability
  • ages 4 through 20 = 678,000
  • ages 16 through 75+ = 7,297,100 or 2.3% of the population.
  • 2% of blind students in the U.S. are identified as Braille readers.
  • Blind individuals represent less than 5% of all the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce.
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