Foundation for Blind Children


Program Overview

This is the first CHIP program that will allow medical students to work with children and youth with disabilities.  Every Saturday from 9am-2pm students from all four classes have the opportunity to work with visually impaired and blind children between the ages of 5-18  in the SHARP program.  The Sports, Habilitation, Arts and Recreation Program (SHARP) is a multi-faceted, year-round program that provides training in daily living skills, adaptive sports, assistive technology, computers, social skills and career exploration to these children.  SHARP provides blind and visually-impaired children the opportunity to experience the joys of childhood that are sometimes only afforded to their sighted peers.  Examples of activities they participate in include dance, bowling, horseback riding, rock climbing, ice-skating, hiking, arts & crafts and much more!

In this CHIP program there are two ways you can volunteer.  You can assist the children in the activities they will be learning that day or you can teach them an activity!  Only five students will be able to volunteer every Saturday and you must sign up on the signup genius to do so.  If you would like to teach an activity you can email the SHARP coordinator Cody Franklin at cfranklin@seeitourway.org.  Please try to email her 3-4 weeks in advance because that is when she starts making the schedule.


Program Leadership


Student Leader/Primary Contact
:

Madeline Heiland, MS1, madelineheiland@email.arizona.edu


Hello Medcats! I am happy that you are interested in Foundation for Blind Children- an organization that is very special to me! I started volunteering at FBC as a high schooler, and when I moved back to Phoenix for medical school, I knew I had to get involved again. Spending time with the children and young adults at FBC is nothing short of inspirational. The individuals there have shown me what true perseverance, adaptability and joy look like. FBC strives for a "world where vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability", and I would highly recommend exposing yourself to this experience and perspective. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions! 



Community Mentor: Cody Franklin, cfranklin@seeitourway.org

Learning Objectives

 1.     Students will serve their community by volunteering to work with visually impaired children and youth.

 2.     Students will learn how to work with disabled children and youth.

 3.     Students will learn how to work with blind and visually impaired children and youth by assisting them with activities.

 4.     Students will learn how to teach visually impaired members of their community a craft or trade.

 5.     Students will appreciate issues specific to the disabled population. 

Details for Class Day and Program Policies

Since it is extremely important for Cody to know in advance how many volunteers she has, you must sign up on the signup genius by Tuesday the week you want to volunteer.  If you cancel your shift after 5pm on Tuesday (for a Saturday shift) you will be penalized 3 hours.  You will not be penalized hours if you find a replacement.  Please try hard to find a replacement because this program revolves around there being enough volunteers every Saturday.  Please send Madelineheiland@email.arizona.edu if you cannot find a replacement.

If you have signed up to volunteer please make sure you read through the volunteer manual and fill out the volunteer form.  The links for both of these documents can be found below. When you arrive at the center make sure you sign in on the CHIP sign up sheet so your hours can be recorded. 

CHIP hours will be recorded within 2 weeks of the volunteer event.  Please contact Madeline Heiland with any questions regarding your hours.

Here is the signup for this monthhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aada923aaf58-april1

SHARP VOLUNTEER MANUAL:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxtJ_xktEnKfSEZEZkloMW4yUmc/edit?usp=sharing

ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxtJ_xktEnKfdk52VjgzUVZqVkk/edit?usp=sharing