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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.

  • 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

  • Happy Thanksgiving From the American Foundation for the Blind
    by Elizabeth Neal on 11/23/2016

    Transcript: Thanksgiving dinner at Palawoo, 1918. (Left to right) Elsa Kingsley, Mrs. Mary Kingsley, Polly Thompson, Helen Keller, Myra Kingsley, Maybon Kingsley, Mrs. Macy "Teacher" -- We are doing our best with a 14 lb turkey that Mrs. Kingsley brought in with all the "fixins." How much have we all both as individuals and collectively the [sic] be thankful for this wonderful day with the World War over. The American Foundation for the Blind is grateful for all of you, who share our vision of a world where the millions of people who are blind or visually impaired have equal

  • Lessons from New Zealand Earthquakes Can Help People with Visual Impairments Prepare for Disasters
    by AFB Staff on 11/15/2016

    In light of the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand's South Island on Monday, November 14th, and the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan's Honshu Island on Tuesday, November 22nd, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) extends its heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by the initial tremor and aftershocks. To help people with visual impairments, especially older people with vision loss, prepare for similar situations, AFB would like to share a few disaster-preparedness tips from an article that will appear in the forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) on aging and vision. <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=7946" alt="Older man sitting on a wooden bench with his


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.

  • Questions to Ask a Mentor Who Is Also Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 11/29/2016

    If you could sit down for an hour with any individual who is blind or visually impaired and successfully employed, to ask any career-related mentor advice…I wonder who you’d choose to glean from, and I wonder what questions you would ask. Topics may include his/her education, ongoing training, challenges, skill sets, accommodations, mentorship, transportation, the hiring process, networking, setbacks, disappointments, goals, and both positive and negative experiences. I suppose if I could sit down with an individual who is blind for mentor advice, I would engage one of the

  • I Want Your Input: What Challenges to Career Advancement Do Employees with Visual Impairments Encounter?
    by Shannon Carollo on 11/23/2016

    Imagine we’re all at a vintage style diner, enjoying lunch and a conversation about folks who are blind or visually impaired in the workforce. [You wouldn’t be here, reading, if this wasn’t an important matter to you.] Heads turn toward you, mine included, and you answer the question, What challenges do young employees with visual impairments encounter in maintaining jobs and advancing in careers? What is your response? Please take a minute to write in the comment section. The greater the number of responses, the more complete picture we’ll have of issues that face our population. I am eager to hear from

  • When You Just Don't Know the Right Career for You (As a Person Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired)
    by Shannon Carollo on 11/17/2016

    You grow up thinking you will be instinctively drawn to a certain profession, and therefore your path to employment will be relatively straightforward… as if the map to a career is a straight line. Listen, that’s just not the case for the vast majority of people, with or without visual impairments. Finding the right career usually takes testing the waters in a variety of career fields; accumulating a plethora of job skills in volunteer work,


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.