Founded in 1993, the mission of the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation (IBCF) is to invest in children with visual impairments so each child will thrive in school and daily life. IBCF is a philanthropic foundation that financially supports the unique work of the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Over the past 170 years, the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has developed substantial and unique expertise regarding the education of students who are blind and visually impaired. The School has established itself as a nationally-recognized educational institution and a critical state resource for Indiana’s children. Every year, the School educates hundreds of Indiana’s children and young adults ranging from infants to 22 years old and living in all parts of the state.
In 2017, the Indiana Blind Children's Foundation provided the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually impaired with over $102,000 in financial support. Because of this support IBCF has been able to impact the following areas:
- Supported the first stage of a national two-staged contest known as the Braille Challenge which tests and supports Braille literacy.
- Provided the necessary assistive technology such as blue tooth accessible laptops, iPads and BrailleNote Touch technology for students to access information and learn more effectively in the classroom.
- Sponsored a full-week overnight summer camp for children with visual impairments, Expanding Your Horizons Summer Camp, which impacted nearly 30 children between the ages of 10-15 in 2018.
- Brought in Playworks Indiana to train 35 ISBVI staff members in the Power of Play and Group Management Techniques. Playworks is a national non-profit that strives to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.
- Raised over $41,000 towards music and arts programming at ISBVI at the 2017 Through the Looking Glass Gala. These funds supported items such as new uniforms for the choirs and jazz band, musical technology for elementary, middle and high school students that explores sound development, musical instruments, pottery wheels and more.
- Purchased all new uniforms, shoes and travel bags for the ISBVI wrestling team.
- Partnered with Nine13sports, a local non-profit organization, and Regions to bring the Kids Riding Bikes program to ISBVI which promoted health, wellness and exercise for elementary, middle and high school students over a four week period.
To learn more about the Indiana Blind Children's Foundation please visit www.indianabcf.org!