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Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss


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.

  • On Thanksgiving, Enjoy This Newly Digitized Movie Clip of Helen Keller
    by Helen Selsdon on 11/23/2015

    The American Foundation for the Blind is delighted to share this movie clip of Helen Keller in her home in Westport, Connecticut. Filmed in the 1950s, it beautifully captures Helen’s instinctive appreciation of the world around her and her wholehearted joy of living. This is one of 10 clips that will be uploaded to the newly digitized Helen Keller Archival Collection. These clips, newly cleaned, are now also described and captioned for blind and hearing impaired viewers. <script src="" type="text/javascript"

  • "An incalculable debt we owe you": Helen Keller on Veterans Day
    by Helen Selsdon on 11/10/2015

    Helen Keller and Polly Thomson with amputees in wheelchairs at McCloskey General Hospital, Temple, Texas, 1944 On Veterans Day, the American Foundation for the Blind honors all those who have fought in America's wars. Helen Keller was, and remains, a source of inspiration and solace for so many. During her lifetime thousands of veterans were inspired by her courage. We are particularly proud of the role Helen Keller played as a leading advocate for the men injured and maimed during World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Between 1944 and 1946 alone, Keller visited over 90 military

  • H.S. Junior Raises Funds and Awareness for AFB
    by Vivienne Heston-Demirel on 10/7/2015

    Meet Poonam Agrawal, 16, a junior at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston, Texas. At a recent community health fair, Poonam printed out some information from AFB’s website and set up a collection box to encourage donations. “I’m so glad to advocate for AFB and raise awareness about vision loss and all that AFB does to help people with blindness and low vision,” she said. Poonam found out about AFB when she was researching Helen Keller, who has been a life-long inspiration. Keller’s forty-year history of working

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.

  • Commence the [Super Fun] Discussion: Who is Your Favorite Fictional Employee who is Blind or Visually Impaired?
    by Shannon Carollo on 11/25/2015

    We usually cover heavy topics, I know. Today let’s kick back, relax, and discuss a downright-fun topic. Who is your favorite fictional employee who is blind or visually impaired? I can’t wait to hear about your favorite character from a book, TV show, or movie, and the accompanying reason he or she was chosen. As for my favorite fictional employee who is blind or visually impaired, I have to choose the character of Auggie Anderson (played by Christopher Gorham) from USA Network's Covert Affairs. He works in the CIA as a technical genius and a guide (called a “handler”) for the

  • This One Goes Out to the Ones I love; This One Goes Out to the Ones [Feeling] Left Behind: A letter to Middle and High School Teens who are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 11/23/2015

    Hey guys, It’s difficult to formulate my thoughts because all I am doing is singing “This one goes out to the one I love; this one goes out to the one I left behind” in my head; It’s on repeat; make it stop! Do you know that R.E.M song? You might not; it’s an 80’s song and I’m an 80’s child. I’m thinking about that song because, and this might sound insincere but it is not, I really love you middle and high school gals and guys. Man, this is a difficult season and I care about you as you walk through it. I know 90% of you (I made that percentage up, but I aired on the side of caution) feel left behind, out of place, and like you’re not going anywhere.

  • Perkins School for the Blind Launches New Pre-Employment Program for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Karen Wolffe on 11/19/2015

    Spring has sprung! Okay, not exactly, but that’s what I thought when I sat down to write this blog and share with you the new transition offering from Perkins School for the Blind that will be launched during the 2016 spring semester. The Pre-Employment Program (PEP), which begins January 16, 2016, will be offered at the Perkins Watertown, Masschusetts campus every other Saturday through May. And, yes, there are snow days built-in to the schedule – just in case! This dynamic transition program is offered to give young adults with

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.

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.