2017 Grant Recipients

SAAVI-3rd Year Grant-$5,000

Agency Background: Founded in Tucson in 1964, the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI) is a not for profit organization serving approximately 1,500 blind children and adults. SAAVI ‘s purpose is to provide programs and services to meet the rehabilitation and social needs of individuals with vision loss.

Focus of the 2017 Grant: R.E.A.L. Reaching Empowerment through Achievement and Learning – Saturday activities, summer programs and family retreats help to close the gap of critical information and education that blind children are not provided in schools. This includes education of their parents and families to aid them in understanding and discovering their blind child’s capabilities. The program enables parents and family to advocate for and support their child’s learning experiences in school and life.

Measurable Results:

100 children will gain increased independent living skills by the end of the program.

100 parents/caregivers will gain an increased level of education regarding their child’s visual impairment.

10,000 hours of client service will be provided

100 children will report increased levels of confidence, self-esteem and independent travel.

Children tracked will have access to more resources, do better in school and achieve many of their goals.

Contact: Amy Porterfield, COO aporterfield@saavi.us