2018 Grant Recipients

4th Year Grant-$5,000

Agency BackgroundFounded 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 2018 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 ResultsSAAVI is incredibly grateful for the 2017 grant and the previous support from The Stone Canyon Community Foundation. 2017 funding enabled us to achieve the following results for the R.E.A.L. Program: Saturday Sessions.

  • 150+ blind children, siblings and their families participated in Saturday educational and enrichment sessions.
  • Monthly speakers addressed topics such as advocacy, education, and rehabilitation, etc. beyond information schools typically provide.
  • Independent living skills and movement activities were included in every session.
  • Science sessions offering STEM activities adapted for blind children were provided.

Contact PersonAmy Porterfield, Chief Operating Officer aportorfield@ssavi.us