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Stevie Wonder Calls for Accessibility at Last Night’s Grammys—Bravo, Stevie!

February 16, 2016
I am still applauding Stevie Wonder’s call for accessibility at last night’s Grammys; it was fabulous. First, he made everyone laugh when he teased the audience with a “na na nana na…y’all can’t read this huh?” referring to the fact that the Song of the Year winner was written in braille. And then right before he announced “Thinking Out Loud” as Song of the Year, he said, "We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability." And in the seconds after that,…

In Memory of Phil Hatlen, A Preeminent Leader in the Field of Blindness and Dear Friend

January 15, 2016
It is with a heavy heart that I share that Phil Hatlen, AFB trustee emeritus and a preeminent leader in the blindness field, passed away earlier this week after an extended illness. Phil was an incredible mentor and dear friend to many, including myself. He was loved and admired by this field. A true visionary, Phil is widely recognized as the person who coined the phrase, “expanded core curriculum” and detailed its importance to the education of the blind and visually impaired. Because of…

25 Years After the ADA: Blind Still Missing from the Workforce

July 21, 2015
Struggles to achieve equality are never completely won. Allegations of bias and the tragic stain of racist violence dominate headlines decades after the Civil Rights Act was signed. American women strive—still—for equal pay in the workplace. And even as LGBT Americans celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of same-sex marriage, the response in some sectors of the country signals that their fight for acceptance is far from over. The lesson, always, is that no law or court decision…

AFB Remembers Dr. Richard Welsh

September 22, 2014
On September 13, we lost a brilliant leader and I lost a dear friend, Richard "Rick" L. Welsh, Ph.D. Rick was a driving force in the blindness field and a huge advocate for quality services for people with vision loss. He had the ability to identify challenges and rally the field around critical issues. His professional experience spanned university preparation programs, schools for the blind, and adult agencies; he excelled in every endeavor. He was the first president of the Association for…
Author Carl Augusto
Blog Topics In the News

Congratulations to our ACB Colleagues

July 12, 2013
The American Council of the Blind has just announced its new leadership, and it is my honor to congratulate Kim Charlson on her election as the new ACB President. Kim has been actively involved in ACB’s work for 30 years. Kim is also the first female president of a blindness consumer organization in the U.S., so this is quite an achievement. I’d also like to congratulate Jeff Thom on his new role as first vice president of ACB. Jeff, of course, is on our board of trustees so I know he’s a…
Author Carl Augusto
Blog Topics General

In Memory of Stephen Marriott

June 24, 2013
It was with great sadness that I learned Stephen Marriott, former member of the American Foundation for the Blind Board of Trustees, passed away over the weekend after a long battle with a degenerative mitochondrial disease. Stephen was a gifted trainer—when he was on our board, he frequently gave great advice on marketing and communications issues. He became a staunch advocate for people who are blind, and people who are totally blind in particular. Stephen was a role model for anyone facing…
Author Carl Augusto
Blog Topics Personal Reflections

Expanding Literacy and Beyond

April 25, 2013
On May 1, I'll be attending the Reading and Literacy Summit hosted by our good friends, Lions Club International. This event presents a promising opportunity to share vital information on topics such as accelerating global literacy, improved reading material distribution, expanding inclusion, and overcoming illiteracy through technology. AFB has been working with the Lions over the past year to expand braille and technology literacy through the Reading Action Program. For the millions of…
Author Carl Augusto
Blog Topics Reading, Education

In Memory of Arthur Weisberg

November 26, 2012
It is with a heavy heart that I announce Arthur Weisberg, member of the American Foundation for the Blind Board of Trustees, passed away on November 24, 2012. Art was a dear friend and supporter of AFB and a huge champion of our work in Huntington, West Virginia. Personally, Art was a mentor to me. Every time we spoke, I picked up on some new, unexpected life lesson. I often say that Art's book, the wonderfully unpretentious "Call Me Art," should be required reading. From his humble…
Author Carl Augusto
Blog Topics Personal Reflections

Braille Remains Vital, But Modifications Needed

October 29, 2012
Since its inception, the American Foundation for the Blind has been dedicated to promoting the use of braille. We have championed braille literacy, the use of technology to facilitate access to information in braille, the development of effective codes to allow for efficient production of braille material, and even for sharing of braille material across international borders. We continue this work by stating our strong endorsement of the Unified English Braille Code (UEBC) and call upon the…
Author Carl Augusto
Blog Topics Reading, Public Policy

Thoughts on Adjusting to Vision Loss

August 22, 2012
We at AFB have the unwavering belief in the capabilities of people with vision loss, and we hold the philosophy that blind and visually impaired people can and do live and work with dignity and success alongside their sighted peers. We believe that people with vision loss can contribute in so many ways to their communities, to their families, and to society as a whole. Because of these beliefs, we sometimes overlook or underemphasize that the onset of vision loss can be devastating to those…
Author Carl Augusto
Blog Topics General, Low Vision