About the Little Rock Foundation, the coordinator of Blindness Awareness Month:



The Little Rock Foundation was formed in 1997 and named for Rocco Fiorentino, who was then 1 year old. Rocco was born four months premature and weighed 1lbs. His twin brother died at birth. Rocco had a 3% chance of survival. He left the hospital six months later. Due of the high level of oxygen needed to keep him alive in the incubator, he had one remaining challenge, he became totally blind. Little Rocco, now in his teens, is an ambassador for The Little Rock Foundation and has championed the cause of blindness and is now an award-winning humanitarian.

Rocco has been recognized by many organizations and recently received the Helen Keller Award for Independence from Visual Impairment & Blindness Services in Northampton County, PA, and he was named a Huggable Hero from Build-A-Bear Workshop. Because of speeches Rocco has given to New Jersey State legislature, $1.2 million dollars has been dedicated to Braille Education in the State of New Jersey and he also saved the jobs for 54 staff members, after predicted budget cut of $611,000, at the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Since the tender age of 5, Rocco has spoken on many occasions to state legislators about the importance of Braille education in the school districts and continues to lobby for more services. Each year he travels to different schools throughout the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania educating children and adults about the challenges blind and visually impaired people face daily. It is through his vision that "Blindness Awareness Month" (BAM) came to fruition. He contacted our state Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywomen, Pam Lampitt to ask for their help to recognize October as "Blindness Awareness Month." That dream became a reality in December of 2008, when Governor Corzine signed a bill into law declaring every October to be "Blindness Awareness Month" in the States of New Jersey. Since that time we have also added over 35 additional states.  (See map below for details)

 


Link to Resolution and Link to Press Release

 


 

These Are Some Of Our Organizations Participating in BAM:



Academy of Natural Sciences
ACB of Maine
ACB of Indiana
ACB of Minnesota
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Foundation for the Blind
American Printing House for the Blind

Arizona Council of the Blind
Assemblyman Louis Greenwald
Assemblywoman Pam Lampit
Associated Services for the Blind
Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc.
Association of Blind Athletes
Bookshare Inc.
Cape May County Disability Services
Cherry Hill Volvo
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
D.A.T.I.
Dialog in the Dark, Atlantic Station
Eye Physicians
Eyes2Eyes
EZ2C Foundation
Family Voices, Inc.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Free Library of Philadelphia
Goodwill Industries
Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children
Hawaii Assoication of the Blind
Kingsway Learning Center
Learning Ally

Liberty Resources - Academy
Lighthouse International Headquarters
 



Lions Club of Avalon
Lions Club of Cherry Hill
Little Rock Foundation
Lyric Fest
MidAtlantic Blind Golfers Association
Moore Eye Institute
National Braille Press
National Liberty Museum
National Parents of Visually Impaired
NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
NJ Foundation for the Blind
NJ Library Talking Book and Braille Center
North Dakota Association for the Blind
Oklahoma Council of the Blind
Overbrook School for the Blind
Pennsylvania Association for the Blind
Pennsylvania Council of the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind
Please Touch Museum
Salus University
Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
St. Joseph's School for the Blind, Concordia Learning Ctr
SW Unlimited LLC
The NJ Academy of Ophthalmologist
The Seeing Eye
The Woolford Group, LLC
Viabl Services
Washington Council of the Blind
Mountain State Council of the Blind
Wills Eye Institute
YMCA Camp Medford, NJ
 
 

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