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The American Foundation for the Blind's blogs focus on broadening access to technology, employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, advocacy on behalf of Americans with vision loss, raising children with disabilities, and more.

AFB Blog

The American Foundation for the Blind is a national organization expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB experts can be found on Capitol Hill ensuring children have the educational materials they need to learn; in board rooms working with technology companies to ensure that their products are fully accessible; and at conferences ensuring professionals who work with people with vision loss have access to the latest research and information. Through our online resources and information center we communicate directly with people experiencing vision loss, and their families, to give them the resources they need to maintain an independent lifestyle. Follow AFB's blog to learn more about our activities.

  • The Top Twelve from the 2015 AFB Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
    by Joe Strechay on 4/16/2015

    Russell Shaffer, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, Walmart, Joe Strechay, AFB CareerConnect Program Manager, and Chris Downey, Architect, talking about success and vision loss We just closed up our 2015 AFB Leadership Conference, and I would love to share some highlights. It was a fast-and-furious conference with no reference to the current Furious 7 film. The conference was jam-packed with unique and informative content from experts from around the United States and abroad. Our final head count was somewhere around 420 attendees from 38 states

  • Standing Ovation for Netflix on its Audio Description Announcement
    by Joe Strechay on 4/15/2015

    Big news from Netflix this week: the internet television network announced that it is adding audio description to its platform as a setting. This is huge news for those of us with vision loss. When I read and started talking to people about this announcement, I literally got chills. We all have our outlets for entertainment, relaxation, and even stress relief. Netflix is one of mine; it’s something I truly enjoy. I view it via my Apple TV or my iPhone. And up until today, unless my wife or a friend fills me in on what’s happening on the screen, I end up missing facial expressions,

  • Celebrating Annie Sullivan's Birthday
    by Helen Selsdon on 4/14/2015

    Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936) was a woman whose brilliance, passion, and tenacity enabled her to overcome a traumatic past. She became a model for others disadvantaged by their physical bodies, as well as by gender or class. Anne was born on this day, April 14, in 1866the eldest daughter of poor, illiterate, and unskilled Irish immigrants. She grew up to become a pioneer in the field of education. Her work with Helen Keller became the blueprint for education of children who were blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired that still continues today. Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) dubbed her a "miracle worker." However, Anne's personal

CareerConnect Blog

AFB CareerConnect® is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. The CareerConnect Blog focuses on employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as sharing stories from mentors and other blind people who have found career success.

  • Sow Seeds to Harvest Employment: A Letter to Career-Seeking Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 4/15/2015

    Dear reader who is currently unemployed and blind or visually impaired, I don't know your specific story. Maybe you're a full time student with graduation just around the corner; maybe you're a stay at home parent who is close to returning to work outside of the home; maybe you are between careers and need to find a job "last week". All I do know is you are currently in the "seed planting" phase of your career search, whether or not you realize it. What are you sowing, tilling, and cultivating now that will help you reap a healthy, ripe career? Maybe your local economy has extremely limited employment opportunities. Perhaps it's

  • Your First Job as a Person Who is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by David Ballmann on 4/14/2015

    Starting your first job is almost always an exciting time. For many, it may follow a long hard stretch of searching for job openings, completing endless applications, some of which may not be very accessible, and then finally going to an interview or interviews, which may also be stressful. Feelings that individuals may experience when starting a first job include a sense of accomplishment, feeling worthy that somebody finally realized your potential and had enough confidence in you to hire you, and possibly being nervous about the unknown. Others may just be happy that they have an opportunity to earn some much

  • Counting Down to Graduation: April, Getting a Job
    by Katy Lewis on 4/13/2015

    Question: How can you get that “first” job? There is a light at the end of the tunnel! With graduation just a few short weeks away, it is time to hit the pavement and get that new job. Whether it is your first job out of high school or a new job after college, finding gainful employment can be a challenge. The best place to start when finding a new job is with your resume. Resumes are essential in the job seeking process. Although there are many different types, all resumes provide your potential employer with your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments related to a specific job. Even when a

Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind

FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice

Featuring Susan LaVenture, NAPVI president, this blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. Susan talks about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources she's found, and much more. FamilyConnect also periodically invites experts in all different aspects of raising a visually impaired child to make themselves available to answer your questions.

Raising a Child Who is Blind and...

I am the mother of three and my middle child, Eddie, is officially the "Special Needs Child." Here is my blog to share the joy and pain of having such a unique child.

Raising James: Multiply Disabled, Low-Vision, Adorable

My name is Anne and this is my blog. I am a mother of elementary-age boy-girl twins and wife to Daniel. The main reason I am writing this blog is that my son is legally blind, in addition to having other disabilities, and I want other parents and members of NAPVI and FamilyConnect to know they're not alone.

VisionAware Blog

Timely news and interviews relating to vision loss, including the latest updates in medical research.

Visually Impaired: Now What?

Formerly known as the "Peer Perspectives Blog," we have renamed the blog to reflect the purpose more accurately. The posts are written by our team of peer advisors, many of whom are professionals in the field who are blind or visually impaired. The blog features solutions for living with visual impairment resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. It includes posts about living independently, getting around, low vision, technology, cooking, and helpful products.