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Letter from Maribel Garcia, Executive Director

Dear NBCF Families,

Throughout the past five years I have had the great pleasure of serving the students and families of Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation; first as a volunteer and later as program director, Chief Operating Officer, and now Executive Director.

NBCF is more than an educational learning center, it is a family dedicated to helping our students reach their fullest potential. I understand the challenges our students and families face and I am committed to leading the continued growth of NBCF to meet those needs. As Executive Director for Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, I personally want to thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift… your child. I encourage you to remain active in helping us to grow NBCF to meet the needs of your child and family. We have opportunities for everybody to be involved, whether you’d like to share your time and talent, make a financial gift to the organization, make a connection to helpful resources, or simply provide feedback that will help to guide our growth.

Please know that I will continue to maintain an open door, an open ear, and an open mind to develop opportunities to meet the unique needs of our students. If there is something we can do better or something more that your family needs, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you. I look forward to working with you and your family.

Warm Regards,

Maribel Garcia

Executive Director

Maribel Garcia smiles brightly, looking away from the camera. She holds a smiling blonde boy in red glasses.

Students Score Big in Paralympic Sport!

A staff member in a red NBCF shirt sits with two students on either side. On the right is a girl with a blindfold pushed up and on the left is a boy with a blue ball. They are all smiling in front of a goal.

On Saturday, September 24th, NBCF hosted our first-ever Goalball game! We had over a dozen students participate, playing against each other, staff and volunteers.

We also had the pleasure of Raquel O’Neill from BlindConnect visiting us as well. In addition being the CEO of BlindConnect and heading Angela’s House, Raquel also competed in Goalball on regional and national levels. She was even invited to join the Paralympics team. During our Goalball game, she helped to coach our students, and staff, on how a typical game is ran.

Goalball is one of the few games out there created specifically with those experiencing visual impairments in mind. While NBCF has played adapted sports before, such as our annual Beep Baseball game, Goalball was something special. We hope to continue hosting these games as often as possible and can’t wait to see you and your children at the next one!

Check out videos and photos here!

October’s Upcoming Event

Please make a note of the following events happening this October! Be sure to register for your spot before time runs out!

NBCF’s Open House

A bright red banner reads "You're Invited!" in all caps. Below it reads, "Save the date! NBCF's open house, Thursday, October 13, 6pm - 8pm". Three images show students working in various programs; Robotics, Cooking and Music.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13

Location: NBCF

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: Free

All parents and interested community members.

Fun Friday: Frightful Fall Carnival

An orange flyer reads, "Frightful Fall Carnival, October 21st, 6pm - 8pm." Covered in ghosts, jack-o'-lanterns and black cats, two pictures depict students during a previous Fall Festival. One shows a staff and student in costume, smiling for the camera. The other shows a student carving pumpkins.

Date: Friday, Oct. 21

Location: NBCF

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: Free

All NBCF students and their families.


NBCF will not be open for program or preschool due to Nevada Day.

Your Voice Today, Change Tomorrow!

Students at Mississippi State University are looking to gain insight on the hearing and visually impaired community around the U.S., the struggles individuals face, and their use of assistive technology and request your participation in a brief survey, which will close on October 16 and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

The results will be shared with the five MBA students at Mississippi State University, evaluated and summarized in a strategic business plan to help the inventor move forward with her invention. No personally identifiable information will be associated with your responses to any reports of these data.

Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact Briana Philippi at

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