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I C.A.N. - Christopher A. Nusbaum Foundation


The Christopher A. Nusbaum I C.A.N. Foundation was established in 2005 to help the visually impaired, especially youth, obtain the technology and other items needed to keep them equal with the sighted community.

An Open Letter
"On February 15, 1998 our lives changed drastically…for the better. Christopher Andrew Nusbaum was born, prematurely. Five weeks after he was born we found out he was blind. Thus, our education began.

First we learned of the public’s fear of blindness. We realized the expectations of a blind child (person) are less than they are for a sighted one. We quickly came to realize that through education and technology the blind can be equal with their sighted peers. The obstacle is the price for this technology.

In 2004 we started to educate the public about the blind and their ability to be equal. We did and continue to do this through a presentation we put together. We speak at Lions Clubs and other service organizations. Through this presentation we found many people who wanted to help offset the cost of the technology, but there was no one place for them to donate. Thus, the I C.A.N. Foundation was formed.

Sincerely,
Wendy & Michael Nusbaum"

The technology available to help the visually impaired children is costly, ranging from $170 to $12,000. While the school system is required to purchase these items for children, it is getting more difficult to justify the cost given budget cuts. Schools that purchase the items retain ownership, and children lose the use of them when they graduate.

There are many camps available throughout the state of Maryland for the visually impaired. Camps are divided into groups for children and young adults ages 6 through 21 years. Christopher attended a five-day camp this year and came home much more confident in traveling by himself with his cane, being in a cafeteria with a tray, and just doing daily things. The costs of these camps vary from $300 to $4,000.

The National Federation of the Blind hosts a state and a national convention each year. It gives the visually impaired an opportunity to be with other visually impaired people and provide good role models. The cost to sponsor a child to go to the state convention is $150, and the national convention costs between $500 - $1,000.

The I C.A.N. Foundation’s wish is to help the visually impaired in our community by offering them the chance to participate in these important events and provide them with the tools to live their lives equally with the sighted community.



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