Tuesday, August 23, 2011

$1 million MLB grant to benefit visually impaired students in Arizona

The state's 2,000 students with visual impairments will get a big boost in their education this year because of a $1 million grant from Major League Baseball to the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix.

The grant, awarded when the All-Star Game was in Phoenix last month, will pay for new technology that will help blind students keep up with their peers and become more independent.

"It's been a huge year, not only with the donations, which had been way down because of the economy, but also with our three initiatives," said Marc Ashton, the foundation's CEO. "We'll be leading the nation in how we teach blind children."

The three initiatives are:

- A remote-instruction program that will use laptop cameras to link students in the classroom to teachers. The Arizona Diamondbacks donated $100,000 to fund a pilot for 10 students this fall.

Read more of Mary Beth Faller's The Arizona Republic article HERE.
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