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.
- Celebrating Louis Braille's Birthday and AFB's Commitment to Braille Literacy
by Elizabeth Neal on 1/2/2017
Every January 4, we celebrate the birthday of Louis Braille, who developed his famous braille code when he was only a teenager. Learn more about the creation of the braille code by exploring AFB's Louis Braille Online Museum. The American Foundation for the Blind's recognition of the importance of braille has been a constant throughout the 95 years of our existence. AFB took the lead to standardize the English braille code, making it cheaper and easier to produce. Our first CEO, Dr. Robert Irwin, was in the forefront of the delegation that successfully brought…
- Helen Keller on Trying to Make the World 'A Little More As I Want It'
by Helen Selsdon on 12/30/2016
Image: Helen Keller walks in her garden in Westport, Connecticut, 1950. It is wintertime. Keller is seen smiling, facing the camera. She wears a long coat and woolen hat. She holds a wooden branch railing with her left hand. As the new year approaches, it’s a good time to review the progress that is being made to digitize the Helen Keller Archive. This is a mammoth task, and we are well on our way to accomplishing the work of preserving and disseminating online the over 80,000 items in the collection. We are simultaneously working on another major objective: to…
- Looking Forward: Join Us in Expanding Possibilities for People with Vision Loss
by Kirk Adams on 12/19/2016
Kirk Adams is president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "Expanding possibilities" is both our promise and our challenge. The promise: "When we expand possibilities, we will improve people's lives." The challenge: "Can we achieve the future we believe is possible?" The American Foundation for the Blind has put forward a vision of possibilities for people with visual impairments and works to make that vision a reality. We champion the needs and dreams of millions of people with vision loss by challenging the limits of education, technology, and policy. And though we have a long way to go to achieve what is…
- How Can LinkedIn Benefit the Visually Impaired Job Seeker?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/17/2017
Perhaps you are a blind or visually impaired job seeker and you’re ready to create a LinkedIn account or you have a LinkedIn account with an underdeveloped profile and connections. First, you’re going to want to know how to utilize LinkedIn as a person who is blind or visually impaired. Yes, LinkedIn and its general features are accessible! Second, you’ll want to read AFB’s reprinted article…
- Is Braille Useful on the Job?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/12/2017
The year is 2017… and wow, our third-grade selves would be shocked to see those digits. Speaking of digits, it seems the world has gone digital. Text messaging is preferred over post-it notes. LinkedIn is the networking tool of choice. Auto draft is the way to bill-pay. Fly to San Francisco for a job interview? Not necessary. There’s a video conference call for that. You get the picture. So, in this information and technology age, is print outdated and irrelevant? No way! I still jot notes, read books and magazines, create labels, use maps, and more. Same goes for the usefulness of…
- Who Can Assist Me with Developing a Resume?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/10/2017
I wonder how many job seekers feel similarly to my good friend, Jaci, a military veteran who paused from the workforce for several years as she reared her young children. Today, while working part-time in their school, she is finishing her degree in Human Resources and looking forward to jumping back into a full-time career. Needless to say, she has concerns with her resume. How can she explain her gap in employment? How can she generalize all the knowledge and skills she acquired in the…
Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind
- My Child with Multiple Disabilities Shares His Ability at Church
by Amanda Bowdoin on 1/18/2017
- Winter Weather Orientation and Mobility (Oh My!) for Children and Teens with Visual Impairments
by Shannon Carollo on 1/17/2017
- A Thankful Mom: Nancy's Story of Raising Her Son Who Is Visually Impaired
by Alicia Wolfe on 1/11/2017
- Autism Awareness Month: The Child Versus the Label
by Emily Coleman on 4/4/2016
- The Understanding of a Sibling
by Emily Coleman on 12/31/2015
- Quality Eddie Time
by Emily Coleman on 11/25/2015
- New Research: Ebola Survivors Have Ongoing Risk of Eye Disease, Even When the Initial Outbreak Has Concluded
by Maureen Duffy on 1/16/2017
- New Glaucoma Research from the United Kingdom: Could a Glaucoma Treatment also Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
by Maureen Duffy on 1/10/2017
- January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month: Learn More About Glaucoma and Current Treatments
by Maureen Duffy on 1/3/2017
- My Experience Using the LinkedIn Website and App
by Empish J. Thomas on 1/19/2017
- Review of "How Do You Do It Blind: Answers from People with Blindness and Visual Impairment"
by Lynda Jones on 1/17/2017
- Keeping Your Balance Through Outdoor Bike Riding
by Beckie Horter on 1/12/2017