An older woman reads information about the COVID-19 virus using a desktop video magnifier (CCTV). The font on the screen is white and the background black.

Though COVID-19 restrictions have eased and many Americans are beginning to venture out to shop, socialize, and work, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all our lives. In July and August 2021, AFB conducted the Journey Forward survey of U.S. adults who are blind, low vision, or deafblind. We gathered data to help us understand the short-term and long-term impact of the pandemic on those with vision loss and learn from their experiences so we can address both COVID-created and systemic issues impacting the lives of those who are blind or have low vision.

In Fall 2021, AFB will be conducting focus groups with leaders in agencies and organizations to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted those they serve. We also want to learn about the ways in which they have had to alter their services during the pandemic.

The Journey Forward study will continue the story begun with the Flatten Inaccessibility study, in which the authors examined the impact of COVID-19 on 1,921 adults with visual impairments in the United States. Though data were collected in April 2020, the systemic issues and challenges related to COVID-19 must be addressed in order to ensure equal access for all. Read the report online, or download and share the accessible PDF. Let others know how you are building on the study findings in your work, personal advocacy efforts, or policy efforts by using #FlattenInaccessibility.