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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: An Artificial Eye
    by Helen Selsdon on 7/29/2015

    Hello to all those Helen Keller aficionados out there! For this week’s look Inside the Helen Keller Digitization project, I am posting a newly photographed item (left hand image above) it’s the receipt for an artificial eye for Helen Keller. On the right hand side is a photograph of Helen taken at the Perkins School for the Blind, circa 1888. The receipt

  • 25 Years After the ADA: Blind Still Missing from the Workforce
    by Carl Augusto on 7/21/2015

    Struggles to achieve equality are never completely won. Allegations of bias and the tragic stain of racist violence dominate headlines decades after the Civil Rights Act was signed. American women strivestillfor equal pay in the workplace. And even as LGBT Americans celebrate the U.S. Supreme Courts affirmation of same-sex marriage, the response in some sectors of the country signals that their fight for acceptance is far from over. The lesson, always, is that no law or court decision promising equality can deliver as intended without a sustained, collective effort to follow through on its protections. At a moment when equality is very much on the minds of Americans, its fitting that weve arrived at the

  • Helen Keller: An Important Voice
    by Helen Selsdon on 7/17/2015

    Image: Inside pages from Helen Keller's passport issued December 1950, including headshot of Keller wearing a hat. This week on Inside the Helen Keller Digitization Project, University of California, Berkeley, English professor and author of Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller Georgina Kleege, describes her excitement at the prospect of gaining access to previously unavailable materials including transcripts


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.

  • Think Like A Boss: What it takes to Move Up in Your Career as a Person who is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 8/4/2015

    Go here with me. You’re the owner of a downtown, trendy juice bar and are looking to promote a current employee to manager. What are you looking for in a potential leader? Might I suggest a few key attributes? A person of integrity. An individual with a kind, firm disposition. One who can do more than follow orders, but can identify issues and invent solutions in effort to reach end goals. I don’t want to spend much time on the first two attributes. You know dishonest tendencies are a “fatal flaw” in the work department. And to learn more about a kind, firm temperament, read

  • Six Guidelines for Establishing an Effective, Healthy Mentorship
    by Shannon Carollo on 7/30/2015

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  • Social Media Struggles: Clean it Up Before it’s Too Late
    by Katy Lewis on 7/27/2015

    We all use it. We all upload, post, share, and comment with it every day. But do we truly realize the impact our social media sites have on our ability to get that new job? Now more than ever employers are researching their potential employees online. They are searching for us on Google and looking through months of Tweets, Instagram selfies, and Facebook rants. And you better believe they will find that one post you don’t want them to find. Once they discover that undesirable post, you might as well fill out a new job application because employers are rejecting more potential employees than ever


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.