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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.

  • Counting Down to Graduation: April, Getting a Job, Part 2
    by Katy Lewis on 4/23/2015

    Question: How can you prepare for your “first” job interview? Your resume gets you in the door, but your interview can get you the job. Whether you are the nervous type or not, job interviews can be very stressful. That one moment can determine what you might be doing for the next couple of years, so it is important to come prepared and wow your interviewer. The best way to overcome any trepidation or nervousness is to be well prepared. Job seekers who have researched the company, prepared any disclosure information, and practiced their interviewing skills tend to perform better than those who do

  • Spring Forward in Your Career: Career Advancement Tips for Employees who are Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 4/22/2015

    Are you feeling stagnant in the workplace? Are you lacking advancement in your career roles and responsibilities? If this describes you, you're left with two choices. I envision the iconic scene in the movie, The Matrix, when the character Neo is forced to choose between two fates (depicted as choosing a red pill or blue pill). I half-jokingly present you with two fates, yours for the choosing. Fate 1, the red pill: Continue as you are at work. If you're lucky this will end in remaining at your current job. If you're not so lucky, this will end with your supervisor finding a legitimate reason to replace you.

  • Gaining Volunteer Experience as a Person who is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by David Ballmann on 4/21/2015

    Gaining volunteer experience is one way to develop some job skills, make new contacts and help to fine tune your work ethic. There are many options for volunteering, and most will provide you with a chance to help develop skills that can be transferred to a real job setting. The one thing volunteering will not provide you with is a paycheck. Therefore, I do think that volunteering can provide you with many benefits, but I think that it should be used sparingly and not as a replacement for paid employment. According to Employment First, an organization that


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.