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NBCF Makes History with Preschool Opening

February marked a milestone for Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) and the state of Nevada. On February 3, 2020, NBCF officially opened the Children’s Learning Center (CLC) preschool, the first preschool for children with visual impairment in Nevada. CLC expects to make a significant impact in the lives of families with children with visual impairment…
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Pre-Reading Activities for Children with Visual Impairments

The development of fine motor skills is important for all students but is especially important for students who are visually impaired and blind as they rely on their hands to learn about their world.  Although we think of play as just for fun – many of the activities children engage in are actually preparing them…
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“You cannot touch love, but you can feel the sweetness it pours into everything.”― Helen Keller   We can’t say it enough, we LOVE our students, donors, volunteers, and community supporters. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we decided to check-in with our students to see what they love the most.  What do you love? & What…
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Braille Literacy Month

From elevators to public restroom signs, even ATMs, Braille is everywhere! Take those big, bright, yellow strips studded with raised dots you see at the ends of sidewalks and by businesses around town…that’s Braille for the feet. Businesses have to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and one of those standards is…
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A Beautiful Day in Our Neighborhood!

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILER ALERTS! Every year at this time, we send out an email recapping the highlights of the past year at NBCF.  Holly has been after me for weeks to write it, but honestly, I was struggling to put pen to paper.  No doubt, we have a lot to be proud of and…
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Helpful Holiday Apps & Resources

USE ALEXA TO SEND A LETTER TO SANTA Do you have an Alexa? Among the fun holiday things you and your child can do with Alexa include: Calling Santa – “Alexa, call Santa.”Tracking Santa – “Alexa, track Santa.” (Parents need to enable this skill)Listen to the Night Before Christmas – “Alexa, open The Night Before…
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The Season of Giving Thanks

What does “thankful” mean to you?  As November’s chill fills the air and we turn our thoughts to the holiday season, it’s always good to pause for a moment and say “thanks!” for the many blessings that come our way. Here at NBCF, we’re thankful for you! So many of you give so generously of your…
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NBCF Spotlight Elaine Wenger-Roesener

Please join Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation in welcoming Elaine Wenger-Roesener, to her new role as President of the NBCF Board of Directors. Elaine is no stranger to NBCF, she has been an active member of the board since 2007. A longtime advocate for children in our community, Elaine also serves as a member of the…
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Blindness Awareness Month

October is Blindness Awareness Month

Here at Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, awareness of blindness and visual impairment isn’t just a month-long observation – every day we see the impact that visual impairment can have on children, their families and our community as a whole. It’s estimated there are 16,000 children, ages birth to 20, in the state of Nevada who…
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Paratransit – Understanding a Valuable Resource

RTC Paratransit is a wonderful opportunity to help people with low vision and blindness navigate the city.
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How a Child Could Qualify for Disability Benefits with Vision Loss By Eric Minghella, Outreach Specialist from Disability Benefits

May 1, 2019 Families with a child experiencing vision loss or bon without sight could be eligible for financial assistance to help pay for medical bills, glasses and other eye care, rent or a mortgage, and any other daily living needs that go towards your child’s wellbeing. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits for…
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How ‘Eye’ See It- Reflections of a Mother to a VI Child

Vision loss is not a forethought for many. It isn’t until it affects us or a loved one when we finally see its importance.    As a mother of a visually impaired child, my life changed after my son’s diagnosis. My son, JP, has multiple eye impairments, including glaucoma, which he’s battled throughout his 13 years of life. As his…
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How a Blind Photographer “Sees” the World

How does a person with visual impairments “see” the world? An even more challenging question is – how does a person with visual impairments capture that world through the lens of a camera? Photographer Chelsea Stark was born with optic nerve damage and is considered legally blind. She has a vision capacity that allows only…
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How “Eye” See It – Reflections from NBCF Board Vice President Jacob Oberman

  I have lived in Nevada since moving here a week after graduating college 15 years ago. Like many other college graduates, when I moved here, I was hungry to start a career and began working my way up the corporate ladder. I’m very fortunate as I am now a Senior Vice President with a…
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How “Eye” See It – Reflections from NBCF Intern Shelby

My past few weeks interning with Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, NBCF, have been beyond amazing. When I first accepted the internship offer in April, I was unsure of how I would handle being around children on a daily basis. I had no previous experience of working with children in this type of setting, and I…
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Eye Care Tips for Summer

Eye Care Tips for Summer By: Briana Philippi As the school year ends and many students head into summer vacation, the want to be outdoors and cooling off in the pool quickly becomes a need. With the love for outdoors increasing over the summer, remembering basic eye care and protection is crucial in the Las…
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Reading Resources for VI Students

Reading Resources to Check Out By Briana Philippi   The advancement of technology continues to provide a further resource to our students. From voice over readings to descriptive on-screen audio, technology allows many of our students the opportunity to listen to books and navigate onscreen. While this is helpful, the difficulty of finding affordable, inexpensive or free physical…
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Create Hands-On Kid-Friendly Resolutions: By Briana Philippi

With the start of the new year comes new resolutions and goals. Although adults typically come up with their own resolutions the first week of the new year, it doesn’t mean you can’t include your child(ren). Resolutions naturally surround improvements to  your physical, mental/emotional and/or social health; however, they can also be used for improvements…
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How ‘Eye’ See It — Reflections from NBCF Student Carly Lamb

I have been a participant for the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (“NBCF”) since 2014 (this is my fourth year).  As of 2016, I started learning how to become a Counselor for the younger participants through the NBCF Counselor In Training (CIT) program.  Throughout the last four years, I have been involved in almost every program…
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August is Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

With a large number of states beginning the school year earlier, August is the new September! Along with school supply shopping and purchasing those back-to-school clothing items, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) wants you to make sure to include an eye examination as part of your back to school check list! Vision plays an important…
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