Celebrating One of the Original Coders on World Braille Day

January 4, 2022
Every year on January 4 we celebrate braille and the birthday of Louis Braille, the French teenager who invented it. (Learn more about Louis Braille’s life and the impact of his famous code in our online Louis Braille Museum, featuring photographs, engravings, and illustrations from books preserved in the American Foundation for the Blind's Archives and Rare Book Collection.) In 2019, the UN General Assembly first officially designated January 4 as World Braille Day—noting that “braille is…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Braille

World Braille Day: Braille, Books, and Beyond

January 4, 2022
I learned to read braille later in life than most. I was in my mid-30s when I became a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Texas. I had over 100 people on my caseload and their case files filled a 4-drawer filing cabinet that sat next to my desk. If I stood up, I could get my face close enough to read the large-print label on the front of each file in the top drawer. I could stay seated and read the labels on the files in the second and third drawer, but that bottom drawer was…
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Thank you! The Second Century of No Limits Begins Now!

January 3, 2022
On behalf of everyone at AFB, I wish you health and happiness this year. You’ve helped us start 2022 with an outpouring of support and a successful Matching Gift Challenge. Now, the work begins anew in our second century of breaking down barriers so we can create a world with no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. You can follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn and catch up on a healthy dose of our commentary on our blog. We’ll have lots of interesting…
Author Kirk Adams
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How Can We Ensure Reliable, Remote Education?

December 7, 2021
Several weeks ago, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. We at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have spent time analyzing how this new legislation affects the millions of Americans living with vision loss. In an earlier post, my colleague examined facets of the legislation regarding transportation. What about education? There is some good news to share. It has been acknowledged that…

Honoring International Day of Persons With Disabilities

December 2, 2021
Each year on December 3rd we recognize International Day of Persons With Disabilities, to raise awareness about the civil rights of persons with disabilities, on every level of life, be it social, political, economic, or cultural. This day, first recognized by the United Nations in 1992 at its headquarters in New York, serves as a tool to mobilize support and advocacy efforts, and inform the public about issues related to disabilities. At the American Foundation for the Blind, we believe that…
Blog Topics Public Policy, Research

Four Exciting Developments in the Infrastructure Bill...and One Disappointment

November 22, 2021
Last week, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a law investing $1.2 trillion in physical infrastructure and reauthorizing the surface transportation programs. We have been paying close attention to this legislation because the funding it authorizes impacts the availability of various public transportation systems that are important to people who are blind or have low vision for the next five years and beyond. As we know, lack of transportation is a leading barrier…

Thanksgiving Gratitude from the American Foundation for the Blind

November 22, 2021
Today, as you think about the things you are grateful for, please know we are thinking of you. We are thankful for your kindness and commitment to creating a world with no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. Each day of the 100 years since our founding, we have chipped away at barriers in school, the workplace, and the community — you can look back at key milestones in our accessible, interactive timeline. Now, as we prepare to enter a new century of advocacy, innovation,…
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How AFB Employment Programs Support Our Veterans

November 10, 2021
This year and every year, the American Foundation for the Blind wants to take a moment to give tremendous thanks to the veterans who so selflessly have defended and protected our country with honor and pride. Thank you for your service. When veterans leave the military, it is not uncommon that they do so with disabilities. The Veteran’s Administration Office of Blind Rehabilitation Services estimates that there are over 130,000 veterans in the United States who are legally blind. AFB was…
Blog Topics Veterans, Employment

Blind Leaders Development Program Fellow Testifies Before New York State Assembly

November 9, 2021
Marc Safman is a fellow in the Blind Leaders Development Program Centennial Cohort. Marc is deafblind and has experience as a paralegal specializing in anti-money laundering compliance and litigation. He sits on the board of the American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB) and helped form the New York State Coalition of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Legislative Advocates. He frequently engages with legislators, candidates, and their staff to discuss disability and accessibility issues,…

NDEAM: It’s Not Over in October

October 28, 2021
One of the first questions people ask one another is, “What do you do for a living?” That question has such deep implications for most of us. Our jobs can be closely tied to who we are and what we value. What we do for work tells the world a lot about us: It can indicate our level of education or give an idea about someone’s personality. We often associate our self-worth with our careers. When we get a new job, we feel valued and when we get a promotion or raise, we feel a sense of…
Blog Topics Employment