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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.

  • Why 60 Minutes’ Segment on the ADA Is Raising Concerns in the Disability Community
    by Mark Richert on 12/7/2016

    Mark Richert, AFB's Director of Public Policy This week, 60 Minutes aired a piece on lawsuits relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that is creating a lot of discussion in the disability community. [Editor’s note: the 60 Minutes video is transcribed, though not described.] The concern over the segmentwhich focuses on so-called "Drive-by Lawsuits"is that it puts a negative spin on the ADA, one of our country's most comprehensive and celebrated pieces of civil rights legislation. The worry, of course, is that in today's fragile political

  • Gift Ideas for Friends and Family Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Elizabeth Neal on 12/5/2016

    It's that time of year again, when we're all searching for gift-giving ideas. If you have close friends or family members who are blind, visually impaired, or losing their sight, you may want to explore these updated gift guides from the American Foundation for the Blind. From young children to working-age adults to seniors who are gradually losing their vision, AFB has you covered. Before you start shopping, learn how you can help AFB every time you shop online! Would you like to be able to donate to AFB quickly and easily, without increasing the cost

  • Let's Keep Changing the World Together on Giving Tuesday
    by Kirk Adams on 11/29/2016

    Kirk Adams is president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. I know more than I ever wanted to about unmet needs. I became blind when I was five years old. That's when I learned about AFB. It produced my educational materials and devices, which were my lifelines. When I grew up and graduated college, I tried but struggled to land a job. I would send my resume and cover letter, then ace a phone interview. Everything looked promising until I showed up for the in-person interview with my white cane. Suddenly I was no longer what they expected. I was labeled incapable. That hurt, every time. With a lot of

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.

  • Are You "Home for the Holidays"? Read These Success Stories of Employees Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 12/8/2016

    Take advantage of this season’s respite from school and work, and dare to dive into career exploration. Reflect on your interests, values, and skill sets; recognize there is hardly a “perfect job”, but there are jobs that work with your natural proficiencies and that allow you to polish skills you enjoy polishing. Next, peruse these 15 jobs and ask yourself if any of your interests, values, and skill sets align. If so, click on the job title to read a success story or interview of an individual who is blind or visually impaired working in the field. Without further ado:

  • It's a Wonderful Job Interview: Tips for Job Seekers with Visual Impairments
    by Shannon Carollo on 12/7/2016

    Job seekers, I hope this season you are not only enjoying the magic of the holidays (including watching the classic It’s a Wonderful Life!), but you are also networking, applying for a handful of jobs, and prepping for future job interviews. When it comes to job interview preparation, my hope is that you consider how to make every moment of the interview count to your advantage. From the confidence and friendliness you exude upon entering the room, to the way you engage the group, to the crafting of your responses, each second can indeed allow you to shine.

  • CareerConnect at the Movies: Employment Advice Adapted from Film for Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Katy Lewis on 12/6/2016

    If you're looking for the perfect mix of holiday festivities and practical career-related advice, you've come to the right place. Over the years, we have celebrated the holiday season by providing you with the job search advice and career resource skills you need to land your next job. And this year is no different! From the creators that brought you The Twelve Days of CareerConnect and

Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind

FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice

This blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. We talk about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources we've 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.