Women's Equality Day

August 26, 2020
Women's Equality Day is celebrated on August 26 in the United States to commemorate the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. The amendment prohibits state and the federal governments from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was first celebrated in 1972, designated by Congress in 1973, and is proclaimed each year by the United States President. Below is an excerpt from Helen Keller's speech to delegates of the new…
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Dr. Penny Rosenblum Joins Blind Abilities Podcast to Discuss Recent Survey Results

August 17, 2020
AFB’s Director of Research Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum recently joined the Blind Abilities podcast to talk about the two recent surveys, Flatten Inaccessibility and Access and Engagement to Education. Dr. Rosenblum discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting educational services for children birth to 21 years of age and their families, how TVIs and O&M instructors are meeting students’ educational needs, and how adults who are blind or low vision were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in…
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Blog Topics Research, In the News

Celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of Section 508

August 13, 2020
Of late, AFB has been celebrating many milestones. Most prominently, we saw the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act earlier this summer, and we have a couple on the horizon, including AFB’s Centennial as well as some exciting forthcoming news concerning the Helen Keller Archive in celebration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. We would therefore be remiss not to also celebrate the anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act amendments that gave us Section 508. On…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Accessibility

We Need You in Our Pictures!

August 5, 2020
When it comes to stock photography, one thing that bugs us is the lack of authentic images of people with disabilities in action, living their everyday lives. And if you're anything like us, you probably find it a tad irritating, too. Well, here's your chance to be that change you want to see in the world. We want to feature photos of real people on our website, across our social media channels, and in other publications we use to advocate for better policies that promote accessibility and…
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The Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education

August 5, 2020
Stephanie Enyart, AFB’s Chief Public Policy and Research Officer: The Americans with Disabilities Act created an important set of rights that human beings then struggled to implement. For students who attended college before the ADA, they were navigating without a comprehensive set of rights. Sometimes they ended up in a great spot, because people came through for them. But if they didn’t, students struggled to create a fully accessible educational experience. Even for students who came…

“Unlocking Potential”: Civil Rights Attorney Tim Elder on the ADA Turning 30

August 3, 2020
Tim Elder is a California-based civil rights attorney, founder of the TRE Legal Practice, and father of three. Active in the blindness community, he has taken on various roles with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and is an avid musician and reader. AFB spoke with Tim recently about the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact on his life. This interview was edited for brevity and clarity. The Americans with Disabilities Act The ADA is unlocking…

Congratulations Neva Fairchild, AER’s New President

July 30, 2020
On August 1, AFB’s National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist Neva Fairchild becomes the new president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) after having served on its board of directors since 2018. Neva takes over for Emily Coleman, Superintendent at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. AER is a professional membership organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss, with…
Author John Mackin
Blog Topics Leadership

The Future of the ADA: Making Strides in Self-determination

July 28, 2020
Editorial Note from Stephanie Enyart, Chief Public Policy and Research Officer: Michael Murray has dedicated his career to promoting greater inclusion for people with disabilities—in the Obama administration, as a deputy director at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, at the American Association of People with Disabilities as the COO, as director of the employer policy team at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment…

Meet AFB’s Graduate Student Researchers

July 27, 2020
The American Foundation for the Blind occasionally recruits student researchers to assist with our research activities such as literature reviews, data analysis, and report writing as part of our commitment to evidence-based advocacy. This summer, AFB has worked with a group of four on various projects. These volunteers are either in a doctoral program or giving serious consideration to applying. Through their universities, some are receiving credit for their volunteer work. AFB welcomes the…

AFB Staff Reflect on the Impact and Future of the Americans With Disabilities Act

July 23, 2020
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Below is a collection of reflections from AFB staff members about the impact the ADA has had on their own lives and what the future of the ADA holds for people with disabilities. Janni Lehrer-Stein…