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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.

  • ALERT!—Historic Bill Breaks Down Braille Barriers for All!
    by Rebecca Sheffield on 4/1/2015

    BLINK Act on Fast Track for Congressional Action! In a surprise move early this morning, key leaders in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have reached bipartisan agreement on brand new landmark legislation requiring all sighted students across America to exclusively learn and use braille. The bill, entitled the Braille Literacy Is Necessary Knowledge (BLINK) Act, was only introduced late last evening in an attempt by the bill’s champions to thwart mobilized opposition by proponents of vision dependency. Under the BLINK Act, which somewhat radically makes trafficking in printed textbooks and inaccessible electronic instructional

  • Self-driving Bicycles Add to Transportation, Fitness, Independence for Blind Riders
    by Crista Earl on 4/1/2015

    I heard such exciting news this morning! A well-known drone company, Auto-Fly, and a major bicycle manufacturer, Trekker, have teamed up to make a self-driving bicycle. The new device has pedals and seat much like a conventional bike, but the steering and braking are handled by electronic and mechanical devices based on recreational drone technology. What's exciting about this? Soon I'll be riding my bike to work! Imagine, the only obstacle to riding my old-fashioned bike is ... obstacles. With the new drone-bike, I set my destination on my phone, hop on my bike, and pedal. The bike navigates the streets

  • Get to Know the DataFerrett! The Census Bureau and AFB's Webinar March 26th
    by Rebecca Sheffield on 3/16/2015

    Last month, the AFB Policy Center ramped up our focus on demographics and data with two exciting projects: our Research Navigator edition, “Just how many blind folks are there anyway?”, in collaboration with the Census Bureau, we presented the first in a series of webinars about exploring existing population data in the field of vision loss

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.

  • Getting LinkedIn as a Person who is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by David Ballmann on 4/1/2015

    Like most things in today’s world, more and more of the job search and application process is being done online. Although blind and viually impaired individuals are still too often faced with issues of inaccessibility on various websites and with completing online applications, overall the electronic world makes more information available to us. It is also true that many employers do a web search to check out the online foot print for potential employees. Therefore, it is important to not put things on the internet that can be harmful to your career and to create a positive professional image. One way to create such a positive

  • Bloom Where You're Planted: How to Thrive and Grow in a Non-Ideal Job as a Person who is Blind or Visually Impaired
    by Shannon Carollo on 3/31/2015

    So, you have a job you don't love? By all means, pursue a new job. But…while in the process of securing a more fulfilling or higher paying position, I recommend staying right where you are and blooming where you are planted. It may not be your ideal career, but it's what you've got and it is a rich environment for cultivating your employable skills, both hard and soft. After all, it is spring. Spring is for blossoming flowers. Your current job is for blossoming you. Here's how to thrive and grow in your current job, preparing you for a more favorable position: Use your current job as the training ground to build positive work habits

  • Who am I, and Why Do I Think Internships Can Benefit You?
    by Ashley Sodosky on 3/30/2015

    Before the start of this year my experience in web coding was only slim. Equally as slim was my interaction with people who are blind or visually impaired. So why am I writing a blog to be posted by a foundation who center on these two things? I guess I should introduce myself. I, Ashley, am currently a junior in college studying online journalism and public relations. I started working with the American Foundation for the Blind this past January for the start of what will be a truly rewarding internship. I wanted to work with AFB to help better the lives of others. I have found that AFB's CareerConnect does exactly

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.