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New Faces, Same Mission: Meet the Latest Additions to Our Team 

As the Nevada Blind Children's Foundation continues its unwavering commitment to empowering children with visual impairments, we are thrilled to welcome aboard new team members dedicated to making a difference. Each has brought with them unique talents and perspectives that we’re excited will enhance the quality of services given to our families. Get ready to be inspired by the incredible work they are already doing to transform lives and shape brighter futures!
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Donor Spotlight: YOU!

The holiday season sure was a busy time for everyone, but our donors made sure to take a few moments out of their hectic schedule to support our cause in big ways! 
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Image with a ladybug background shows photographs of all new NBCF staff. Staff names and positions are listed as, "Ms. Kelley, Asst. Preschool Directorm, Ms. Yolanda, Pre-K Teacher, Ms. Nayally, Paraprofessional, Mr. Greg, O&M Instructor, Ms. Sara, Preschool Cook, Ms. Amy, Paraprofessional, Ms. Amanda, Paraprofessional."

Meet Our Newest Team Members!

As we dive into 2024, NBCF is excited to introduce some new members of the NBCF family. Bringing diverse backgrounds and unique talents, we all share a passion in creating a brighter future for our students. Join us in welcoming the latest additions to our team!
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EMPOWER!, NBCF’s New Student Advocacy Group, Provides a Vision for the Future

Former NBCF student and recent high school graduate, Aarmoni, found that learning how to advocate for yourself can be a challenging road to navigate. Now he wants to provide current students guidance to help them succeed in NBCF's newest student advocacy group, EMPOWER! 
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Programs to Check Out This Spring!

Spring 2024 is buzzing with excitement as we introduce innovative programs aimed at fostering growth, learning, and community engagement. Let's explore some of the changes being made to favorite long-time programs and check out some of the new offerings that are available for enrollment now!
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Taking Time For Yourself: Parent’s Need a Night Out

Parenting is a rewarding journey, but when it comes to caring for children with disabilities, particularly those experiencing blindness or a visual impairment, the role takes on an additional layer of complexity. It's a journey filled with unique challenges that require unwavering dedication and resilience.
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Hindsight is 20/20: NBCF’s New Parent Support Group is Here to Help!

Discover a supportive community at NBCF's Hindsight, our new parent support group starting Spring 2024. Join fellow parents navigating the unique experience of raising children with visual impairments. Learn, share, and find strength together. Here's how to participate.
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Donor Spotlight: Thank You Troy Palmer Allstate Insurance!

After setting up their new business – Troy Palmer Allstate Insurance, they wasted no time finding ways in which they can support and ingrain themselves in the local community – and Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation found a new home in their hearts.  
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Sources for Accessible Books: Empowering Your Child’s Reading Journey 

Reading opens doors to imagination, knowledge, and endless possibilities. For children with visual impairments, accessible books are essential tools to explore this wonderful world of words and stories. To support your child's reading journey, we have compiled a list of valuable resources that provide different kinds of accessible books.
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International Literacy Day is for Everyone!

Fostering literacy stands as one of the most significant responsibilities of any educator. However, it holds exceptional importance for students who are visually impaired, as developing literary skills is a crucial milestone. That's why on Friday, September 8th, we commemorated International Literacy Day by distributing free braille books to our preschoolers who are embarking on their journey to learn braille. 
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Another Fantastic Year Has Started at NBCF!

NBCF has kicked off the new school year with an inspiring blend of excitement, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to fostering growth among its students! We've witnessed substantial progress in our after-school program and preschool, both of which provide a vibrant learning environment that empowers students to thrive. 
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3 Tactile Camp Activities Anyone Can Do!

When our campers aren't out and about in the community, they're at NBCF getting creative - and anyone can easily do some of these from home! The following three activities are not only tactile, but super simple for parents to follow. Bring the magic of summer home and share these with your child!
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From Pen to Performance: Sing Me a Story Turns NBCF Student’s Stories into Songs

Sing Me a Story is a non-profit organization that collaborates with musicians and songwriters to transform stories written by children into songs. Recently, NBCF students were lucky to enough to have their creativity showcased in a musical way.
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Student Kaylynn Helps to Add New Question to Nevada’s Driver’s Test

Kaylynn, a student of NBCF, has helped add a new question to the state's driver's test that makes drivers aware of White-Cane Law and flagging.
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Episode Three: Navigating the Road to College

Carly interviews a soon-to-be high school graduate, Kaylynn, who wants to share her advice on navigating the road to college as a student with a visual impairment.
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NBCF’s Girl Scouts Have a Cool Time at The Smith Center

NBCF's Girl Scout troop was fortunate enough to to attend The Smith Center's sensory inclusive performance for Disney's Frozen, including a touch tour.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Amy

My name is Amy and I'm a volunteer at Nevada Blind Children's Foundation.
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Eyeing the Experts: Celebrating World Optometry Day with a List of Outstanding Eye Care Professionals

To celebrate World Optometry Day, NBCF has listed some of the local eye care specialists in the Las Vegas and Henderson area who are committed to delivering top-quality eye care services.
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How ‘Eye’ See It: Brailling with Alexis

Braille is so much more than a raised alphabet; it's the key to opening doors to a brighter future for students like Alexis.
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Episode Two: Connect the Dots

For National Braille Literacy Month, Carly interviews Amari on his experience learning the tactile writing system and different kinds of Braille technology.
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Encourage Pre-Braille Skills in Your Student!

Pre-Braille skills are essential to students who qualify to learn it when they're older. Here's how to prepare your child for learning Braille!
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Meet Children’s Learning Center’s Lead Preschool Teacher, Ms. Mae!

Children’s Learning Center would not be where it is today without our Lead Preschool Teacher, Mae Marquez. Ms. Mae has been with CLC since our opening in 2020 and has already seen countless students come through our program and gain tremendous growth. A student couldn’t ask for a more wonderful teacher. Everyday, Ms. Mae comes…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Cormick

My name is Cormick and I'm a volunteer at Nevada Blind Children's Foundation.
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Episode One: Thanksgiving

Carly Lamb interviews students, Jensen and Alexis on their experiences attending Nevada Blind Children's Foundation's annual Thanksgiving event.
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Donate to Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation This Giving Tuesday!

At Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, there is no shortage in ways to make an impact this Giving Tuesday, November 29th!
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How to Prepare Your Student for Preschool

Preschool is the first step of your student’s education journey. To get your student ready for preschool, Children's Learning Center recommends the following!
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How ‘Eye’ See It: My Journey Since 2017 – Carly Lamb

A lot has changed since 2017, and I was given the opportunity to share the growth I’ve achieved since then. So much has changed in my life since I wrote that article; looking back has been wild! You never really notice how far you’ve come until you turn around and see how long the road behind you is.  
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Meet Children’s Learning Center’s Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Ms. Diane

Children’s Learning Center is committed to providing your student with the best services possible. For our Dots & Tots program and preschool, this means having the best teachers staffed. When it comes to teaching students who experience blindness or a visual impairment, Ms. Diane is the best candidate for the job. With an extensive background…
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NBCF Volunteer Spotlight: Ed

My name is Ed Pizio and I'm a volunteer at Nevada Blind Children's Foundation.
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NBCF’s Adapted Haunted House was a SCREAM!

Imagine being a little kid again, going into your first haunted house. The feeling of anxiety building while you wait for your turn in line, the smell of heavy plastic from the costumes around you, the sound of people screaming from somewhere inside the building… Imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t experience…
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The Ladybug Beat

A message from our new Executive Director and NBCF's upcoming October events!
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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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