What is the UPBC?

The purpose of the organization is to create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home, school and society; to provide information and support to parents of blind children; to facilitate the sharing of experiences and concerns among parents of blind children; to develop and expand resources available to parents and their blind children; to help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults; and to function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children in their ongoing efforts to eliminate discrimination and prejudice against the blind and to achieve for the blind security, equality and opportunity.

The membership is open to parents of blind children, educators of blind children and others interested in promoting the purposes of this organization.

We are a division of the National Federation of the Blind which is the largest organization of the blind in the country. Refer to: http://www.nfb.org/

Utah Parents of Blind Children is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Monday, July 2, 2012

Annette Newbold Honored

On Friday, May 18, 2012 Annette Newbold was presented with the Marla Palmer Award for her dedication to the education of and her love for our children. The award presentation took place at the National Federation of the Blind of Utah State Convention.

Annette began her career with the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in 1972. After teaching for three years she took a brief hiatus but returned to USDB in 1983 where she continues to teach today. For over 30 years she has taught our children it’s respectable to be blind. She has given them confidence.  Like us in the NFB she believes that Braille is an essential ingredient to helping our children to be successful. She has loved them as if they were her own.

In 2010 Annette took two weeks out of her summer to teach at the BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Program. This was her third summer ensuring that those who need her help get it.

The Marla Palmer Award was created by the Utah Parents of Blind Children in honor of Marla's decade of service and countless hours spent helping to ensure our children receive the services they need and deserve. This award is presented to those individuals who exemplify these same attributes.

Thank you Annette for teaching and loving our children.