Welcome to the web site for the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children. We hope your visit helps you learn about our Foundation and the people we serve.
The Foundation— what we call the “PFBC”— was created in 1995 under the name “Washington School for the Blind Foundation”. We have operated since that time with a singular mission to broaden and enhance educational and employment opportunities for persons who are blind and visually impaired. We are a non–profit corporation formed under Washington law, and we are recognized as a tax –exempt organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The PFBC has a simple goal: to provide those who are blind or visually impaired with the tools, skills and training necessary to give them confidence that anything they choose to do is possible.
In short, we help those who are blind find inspiration and achieve success.
The most critical issues facing persons who are blind or visually impaired are educational achievement (including literacy), independent living, rewarding employment, and access to technology. The challenge we at the PFBC have accepted is to tackle each of these issues for every person who is blind or visually impaired that we can.
The scope of our challenge is daunting. In Washington State alone there are currently 1,486 school–age children who are blind or visually impaired. (About 1.1 million people in the United States are blind, and each year 50,000 more will become blind). These are the children who receive most of our attention. Some of them attend the state–funded, Washington State School for the Blind where they receive tremendous education and life training. But, they do not stay at the School forever, and we want all the students who are blind and visually impaired to have the same opportunities to find good work and to further their educations that sighted students do.
May the pages that follow inspire you to help us help the people we serve.