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Our Mission:
“To serve as a resource for families, professionals, schools and organizations in meeting the needs of children who are blind or visually impaired.”

NFBC Featured Children’s Program: Keystone Kids

Keystone Kids provides children who are blind and visually impaired with opportunities for personal and social growth. Children in the program meet one Saturday a month during the school year for activities that are both fun and educational. In the summer months there is a rotation of week-long day camps available to the children. In addition, extended field trips are offered every 2-3 years to allow the group unique travel opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The Keystone Kids program started at the Keystone Blind Association in Sharon, PA in the spring of 2000 with a beeping Easter egg hunt. One child showed up for that first activity. Word soon spread, and today the program serves 30 children from across PA and eastern OH. Many individuals who have graduated from the Keystone Kids program have gone on to become volunteers and mentors with the program. There is also an active young adults program at the Keystone Blind association, which is primarily made up of former Keystone Kids.

The National Foundation for Blind Children is here to serve as a resource as you begin your own program for children who are blind and visually impaired. On our website you will find resources to assist you with planning, executing, and funding events. If you are interested in starting an affiliated children’s program in your area or affiliating an existing children’s program, please contact us. Benefits of becoming an affiliated program include additional support from our skilled staff as you get your program off the ground, the opportunity for your children to participate in our extended field trips, and the prestige of being associated with the National Foundation for Blind Children. Affiliated programs will be listed on our site with the opportunity to be an NFBC featured program and can also submit their program ideas to be included on the National Foundation for Blind Children web site. As the foundation grows, monetary grants will be made available to affiliated programs.

The first 50 groups to affiliate with the NFBC will receive a $100 grant to assist with start up costs or to support an existing children’s program.

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