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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.

  • "I have great joy in the tulips...": A Helen Keller Quote in Honor of Earth Day
    by Helen Selsdon on 4/22/2015

    Helen Keller in the garden of her home, Forest Hills, New York, circa 1920 “I have great joy in the tulips and lilacs which make my garden ‘look like the waking of Creation.’ O the potent witchery of smell! Leaves opening delicately on tree and rambler and rose-bush tell me God has passed this way, and I forget the disturbing nearness of the city in the eternal miracle of a tiny garden great with wonders.” Letter to Waldo Mac Eagar of the British Empire Society of the Blind May 13, 1933 Recommended Links

  • A First Look at the Apple Watch and Its Accessibility
    by Kelly Bleach on 4/21/2015

    Closeup of Apple Watch displaying enlarged text The AFB Leadership Conference agenda included a session titled Apple Connected. What participants didn’t know until they arrived in the meeting room was that the Apple representative would be unveiling and demonstrating the accessibility features of the Apple Watch for the first time anywhere. There was an audible gasp of delight. I'm happy to report that the Watch includes a full complement of accessibility features, including VoiceOver, Magnification, and a variety of Font and Contrast options (including Grayscale and Reduced Motion). Here are a few cool takeaways from the

  • The Top Twelve from the 2015 AFB Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
    by Joe Strechay on 4/16/2015

    Russell Shaffer, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, Walmart, Joe Strechay, AFB CareerConnect Program Manager, and Chris Downey, Architect, talking about success and vision loss We just closed up our 2015 AFB Leadership Conference, and I would love to share some highlights. It was a fast-and-furious conference with no reference to the current Furious 7 film. The conference was jam-packed with unique and informative content from experts from around the United States and abroad. Our final head count was somewhere around 420 attendees from 38 states


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.

  • #LearnedInJapan: Employment Advice Absorbed from Japan for Employees who are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 5/6/2015

    It's a matter of weeks before our family relocates from Japan to our home country of America. This experience of 3 years in northern Japan has been enlightening, exhilarating, and precious. The land is beautiful, with well-manicured gardens on nearly every street corner, and the people are easy to love. The Japanese people I have met are almost universally polite, endearing, and put-together. I have much to learn from them. Today I sit in a Japanese cake house, sipping steamy green tea, and overhearing conversations in foreign tongue that have become a rhythmic background masterpiece. This is the perfect location to think. I am here

  • Lighthouse Works Seeks Individuals to Fill New Employment Positions
    by Ashley Sodosky on 5/4/2015

    Today's blog is from an AFB CareerConnect contact, from our friends at Lighthouse Works! My name is Sharon McDonald, I’m a mother of three, a senior trainer and instructor at Lighthouse Works, and aside for some light perception…I am totally blind. I’m posting in the Career Connect blog today because I want to tell you about an opportunity to work in the customer service industry as a Contact Center Representative at Lighthouse Works. Lighthouse Works is a division of Lighthouse Central Florida (LCF)—Central Florida’s only private, nonprofit agency offering a complete range of services to

  • How to Say "No" at Work as a Person who is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 5/1/2015

    We've established when it is generally acceptable to say "No" at work; now let's focus on the ever-important "how to". As always with assertive communication, view the situation from the perspective of the other individual. How would you want to be told "No"? If you're like most, you'd want to be told "No" with respect and honesty. You wouldn't want to be given excuses, you wouldn't want your request ignored, and you wouldn't want a harsh response. Consider the following guidelines for constructing an appropriate "No", no matter the circumstance. Tips for Saying "No" with Respect: Say "No" face-to-face when possible. An e-mail or


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.