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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.

  • Helen Keller in Hiroshima, Japan
    by Helen Selsdon on 5/25/2016

    Friday May 27th 2016, President Barack Obama will be the first sitting President of the United States to set foot in Hiroshima since the atomic bomb devastated that city 71 years ago Wednesday October 13th 1948, Helen Keller was America’s First Goodwill Ambassador to Japan after the Second World War Helen wrote the following letter to her good friend Nella Braddy Henney on a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka on October 14th, 1948, the day after her visit to the devastated city. The letter powerfully reminds us of the horrors of war and the suffering that war creates. "…Now I simply

  • Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2016
    by AFB Staff on 5/18/2016

    May 19 marks the fifth celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Daya day designed to “get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.” This year has seen some exciting developments in accessibility. Facebook,

  • Meet Kirk Adams, the New President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
    by AFB on 5/13/2016

    AFBs Communications team sat down with Kirk to ask him a few questions about his new role, his vision for the future, and his hobbies. Heres what he had to say. Tell us about your new role at AFB. What are you looking forward to? I am honored to be the American Foundation for the Blinds (AFB) new president and CEO. Ive long admired AFBs commitment to making the world a more equitable, inclusive place for people with vision loss. So Im excited to build upon AFBs impressive history and to work with the staff, board, and leadership in the field and individuals in the community to find ways to achieve our


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.

  • To Jump or Not to Jump Back into School As a Career Seeking Adult Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 5/23/2016

    Say you’re one of the many individuals who are blind or visually impaired who have attended a university for an undergraduate degree and who are having a difficult time achieving employment, landing a dream job, or keeping a decent job. While you have the minimum school requirements to enter your career field of interest, you may think the missing link to career success is additional schooling. It’s easy to convince ourselves a second Bachelor’s degree would provide the knowledge needed to obtain employment. It’s easy to convince ourselves a Master’s degree would provide the credibility and authority needed to promote. It’s easy

  • Hey Teens, Let's Talk Summer Jobs
    by Shannon Carollo on 5/19/2016

    Want to earn cash this summer, prepare for adulthood, and be part of a team? Yes, you say? Then it's time to look for summer work. To start, consider the needs in your neck of the woods. My high school years were spent in Orlando; additional summer employees (including myself) were hired in restaurants and theme parks. The same is true in coastal cities and other summer-vacation destinations I'm sure. If you live where farmland abounds, I'll bet your town has unique work that needs to be done by willing, hard-working folks like yourself. Career Choices has an

  • 10 Resources for Transitioning from High School to College or Work As an Individual Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 5/17/2016

    How are you feeling about your upcoming transition from high school? Can college “not come soon enough” or are you hoping time will slow down because you appreciate the support of home life and you don’t want to say goodbye to your local friends? Maybe you’re feeling a little of both, and that’s normal too. While your time in school will forever be full of memories and nostalgia, your future is just as exciting and worth preparing for. Let me help with that. Check out these 10 resources from CareerConnect to get you ready for tomorrow: Peruse our


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.