Help Us make the Internet Accessible For All: call for Stories of Accessibility Barriers Online

April 10, 2023
(EDITOR’S NOTE: We wanted to share an important post from the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), who is collecting valuable stories to assist in a national coalition to make the internet fully accessible. Your story can help make a real difference. Please take time to read and share widely.) As many website and application users with disabilities know, far too many websites are inaccessible for users with disabilities. This reality is disastrous for Americans with disabilities. We live…

AFB Gives Thanks to the 2023 Corporate Sponsors for the AFB Leadership Conference and Helen Keller Achievement awards

April 6, 2023
ARLINGTON, VA (April 6, 2023) — The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) commends the sponsors of the 2023 AFB Leadership Conference and Helen Keller Achievement Awards. Their continued support of AFB helps drive our mission forward to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or have low vision. “We have put together a fantastic program with a strong emphasis on empowering digital inclusion, and thanks to this “year’s sponsors, we are able to further create a world of no limits…
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Two Things We’re Watching in Washington

March 29, 2023
Just as the flowers bloom and come to life again in Washington, D.C., Springtime often brings a flurry of activity from the federal government. Our Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) has been tracking the activity, and would like to share two key recent actions that have taken root and could yield positive fruit for people who are blind or have low vision. First, the Department of Justice (DOJ), along with the General Services Administration (GSA), released a long-awaited report on the…

AFB Receives Major Gift From the Marilyn & Francine Gruder Trust in Support of JVIB

February 22, 2023
Arlington, VA (Feb. 23, 2023) — The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced today a major bequest in excess of $2.2M made on behalf of Marilyn and Francine Gruder, which will support the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB). AFB’s flagship publication of scholarly research to the field of blindness and low vision, in perpetuity “On behalf of AFB’s staff and its Board of Trustees, we want to extend our deepest thanks to the Gruder Trust for investing in AFB’s scholarly…

Useful Independence Tips for Low Vision Awareness Month

February 16, 2023
February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is defined as impaired vision that cannot be corrected by glasses, surgery, or medication. The most common causes of low vision include Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy. The most common signs of low vision include difficulty or inability to read print, especially small print clearly; find common items like the TV remote or other items that might just get laid around; bumping into people or things; and difficulty recognizing people…
Blog Topics Accessibility

Register Now for the 2023 AFB Leadership Conference, “Empowering Digital Inclusion”

January 20, 2023
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2023 AFB Leadership Conference, April 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Virginia. This premier event in the field of blindness and low vision convenes leaders from across the country, providing an excellent opportunity to grow in knowledge and network with collaborators in the field. The theme for this year’s event is “Empowering Digital Inclusion,” building on the rich progress that has…

Cultural Diversity in Children’s Braille Books

July 27, 2022
“Children need to find images of themselves and their worlds, and also gain exposure to other cultures and experiences through the books that they read or have read to them,” write the authors of the lead article of a recent issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB). The article, “Cultural Diversity in Children’s Braille Books,” by Monique A. Coleman and Judith Harrison, features an in-depth investigation into the racial identity of primary and secondary characters in…
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What We’re Reading: Disability Pride Month Edition

July 11, 2022
July is Disability Pride Month, and we know many have been excited to reconnect with colleagues and friends at the National Federation of the Blind and American Council of the Blind conventions. Here are a few recent stories we have been reading with particular interest. First, the good news: People who need more accessible at-home COVID tests can now receive 12 free tests instead of two. The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced a new initiative to expand the availability of…

Blind Leaders Development Program Welcomes Largest Class Yet

July 1, 2022
The Blind Leaders Development Program was created in 2019 and produced its first graduating class in 2021. Since then, the program has seen a steady rise in both applicants as well as fellows and mentors. The third cohort begins this summer, and the positive results of the program are already being realized. “I see so much promise in this incoming class, our largest group thus far,” said Neva Fairchild, who oversees the program. “The personal and professional growth we expect in each…
Author John Mackin
Blog Topics Leadership, Employment

Happy Birthday to Helen Keller

June 27, 2022
Today marks the 142nd birthday of Helen Keller! Helen paved the way for so many of us to follow in her example of innovation, courage, and advocacy. When Helen joined AFB in 1924, her work led to state commissions for the blind, funding for rehabilitation centers, and increased access to education for students who are blind or have low vision. The Helen Keller Archive contains over 475 speeches and essays that she wrote on topics as varied as faith, blindness prevention, women's rights,…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Helen Keller