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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.

  • H.S. Junior Raises Funds and Awareness for AFB
    by Vivienne Heston-Demirel on 10/7/2015

    Meet Poonam Agrawal, 16, a junior at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston, Texas. At a recent community health fair, Poonam printed out some information from AFB’s website and set up a collection box to encourage donations. “I’m so glad to advocate for AFB and raise awareness about vision loss and all that AFB does to help people with blindness and low vision,” she said. Poonam found out about AFB when she was researching Helen Keller, who has been a life-long inspiration. Keller’s forty-year history of working

  • High School Assistant Principal to Run 2015 NYC Marathon for AFB
    by AFB Staff on 10/2/2015

    Patrick Dunphy is unafraid of challenges. Recently recovering from retinal surgery, he plans to run the New York City Marathon this November while raising funds for AFB. "I like how AFB encourages people with vision loss to stretch and challenge themselves to aim higher," he said. Dunphy, 32, is Assistant Principal and head of the Social Studies department at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows (Queens, NY). He has a lot in common with his hero, Theodore Roosevelt. Like the 26th U.S. president, he likes to persevere and, will run the marathon in November, despite recent eye surgery. "Teddy

  • Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 7
    by Helen Selsdon on 9/29/2015

    Welcome to this, the seventh day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. We have now raised $22,819, which is fantastic! But we have only one day left to reach our goal of $25,000. Please donate now and be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. A "Who’s Who" of the 19th and 20th Centuries "Some people are foolish enough to imagine that wealth and power and fame satisfy our hearts: but they never do, unless they are used to create and distribute happiness in the

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.

  • It's What I Can Do at Work That Matters, Not My Disability or Blindness
    by Joe Strechay on 10/12/2015

    As National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) continues, we are going to keep pumping out the most relevant advice possible. When I meet people in the public or employers at meetings, there is typically an “elephant in the room”. I have to be prepared to address my value as a professional. When I walk into the room with white cane and my snazzy suit, I have to be prepared to address the “elephant in the room”. That is right, it is a lot like I walk into the room with a big purple elephant. The elephant is my blindness or visual impairment. I think my great looks and smooth personality breaks the ice quickly. Most people don't have

  • Forget the Major League Baseball Playoffs; It Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
    by Joe Strechay on 10/9/2015

    I know the Major League Baseball playoffs are really heating up now that it is October, but so is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. AFB’s AccessWorld and AFB CareerConnect staff have teamed up to create this month’s employment focused issue of AccessWorld. Each month, AccessWorld comes out with a new issue of evaluations, commentary, and interviews related to the latest technology and trends for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. I spend a lot of time reading each issue in my travels via my

  • Get Your Disability Disclosure On and Embrace Your Diversity
    by Joe Strechay on 10/7/2015

    Okay, it is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and I am passing the message about disability disclosure. I spend a lot of time traveling the United States speaking to youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired, their associated professionals, and employers about specific topics. Disability disclosure is one of my passions, as so many don't understand the right way to disclose about their disability to an employer. I ran into this recently, as I was getting my thing on with my "Tell me a little bit about yourself" and being practical about your disability. I was mentioning that a young lady around ten years old once said to me, "Keep

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.

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.