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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.

  • Inside the Helen Keller Digitization Project - "I Never Knew That!"
    by Helen Selsdon on 6/30/2015

    We are delighted to present the first of the many blog posts that will appear over the next two years as part of the Helen Keller Digitization Project. We are kicking off with a post by Kim E. Nielsen, professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo, and Helen Keller expert. Enjoy! Every year my spring is marked by phone calls, emails, letters and Skype conversations about Helen Keller initiated by nervous middle- and high-school students. These participants in National History Day, an annual program

  • Happy Birthday, Helen Keller! And Welcome to the Helen Keller Archival Collection Digitization Project
    by Helen Selsdon on 6/26/2015

    Helen Keller was born on June 27th 1880 and we've made a cake to celebrate her birthday! It's inscribed with the Helen's words "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much" This is very appropriate as we are also celebrating the beginning of our digitization project! We are thrilled that as a result of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, AFB has begun the task of digitizing the over 80,000 items contained in the Helen Keller Archives. Correspondence, press clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, audio recordings, artifacts, and film clips will be made fully accessible

  • Attending and Presenting at the Helen Keller Achievement Awards in New York City
    by Joe Strechay on 6/24/2015

    I’ve made it back to West Virginia after all of the excitement and fun at the American Foundation for the Blind's Helen Keller Achievement Awards. I had the honor to attend last year, when Christine Ha won a Helen Keller Achievement Award; she’s a connection of mine and an inspiration, so that was a real blessing. This year took it to a whole different level, though, as I was able to assist our AFB Board Trustee, Cathy Burns, in presenting Charlie Cox with his Helen Keller Achievement Award. Actor Charlie Cox won the award for his work in accurately portraying the blind character Matt Murdock in the Netflix series Marvel's

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.

  • What I learn from Avraham Rabby’s Story as a Diplomat who is Blind
    by Shannon Carollo on 7/1/2015

    I am in awe of the great resource that is the Our Stories section of Career Connect. It is a tremendous gift to read profiles and interviews of people who are blind or visually impaired who have fully blossomed in their careers. As I sit looking out my back window at an unassuming tree, I know in three weeks it will bloom its magnificent Japanese cherry blossoms. You may recently identify as visually impaired, or you may have been blind since birth; either way or anywhere in

  • Monthly Favorite: June
    by Ashley Sodosky on 6/30/2015

    The end of the month is finally here, and while we prepare for Independence day travels and the month of July, we also should reflect on accomplishments, work, and adventures this past month. June was an eventful month for AFB CareerConnect ranging from The Helen Keller Achievement Awards, the start of summer challenge blogs, and much more. So how do we pick a favorite blog this month? That’s right, it’s time again to cover this months favorite blog post. And the winner is…CareerConnects first ever video blog! If you aren’t caught up on AFB CareerConnect news you may have missed the launch of our first ever video blog. Shannon Carollo talks about the

  • Where Are They Now, Jim Koval
    by Katy Lewis on 6/29/2015

    Are you and your family prepared for an unexpected disease or virus? Family Preparedness Coordinator and Local Liaison, Jim Koval, has your back. Whether it is a concern about the flu or a foodborne illness, Jim has been serving the communities in Michigan for more than 20 years. But with continuously evolving public health concerns, what has he been working on since his Our Stories profile? Although Jim continues to provide assistance to local health departments andmaintain the family preparedness system for the Office of Public HealthPreparedness (OPHP), he has managed to implement new programs for hisoffice as well as the

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.