The Florida Agencies Serving the Blind (FASB) is an association of 16 private, non-profit members that raise local funds each year to serve a large population of blind and low vision people at all age and demographic groups across the state of Florida. An important segment of that population are blind children aged 5 to 13. Florida Agencies cannot serve all the children with the funds we are able to generate privately. FASB has been supported with additional funds from the Florida Legislature for six years. We need that financial support from the State to serve these children and decrease our wait list of services for our visually impaired and blind children.
In 2016, our initial year of operation, the Legislature funded $1 million in recurring funding. Since then, it has fluctuated. The Legislature provided $1,000,000 in funding ($500,000 in recurring and $500,000 in non-recurring) for FY 2022. Our funding flows through the DOE Division of Blind Services and FASB contracts out all the funding to the 16 nonprofit service providers to serve visually impaired and blind children.