- Oraien E. Catledge, social worker and photographer, has died
Photographer and former regional specialist in aging for the American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) office in Atlanta, Georgia, Oraien E. Catledge died on January 27, 2015, at age 86.
- Cause of Age-related Macular Degeneration is Linked to Calcium Deposits
An international team of researchers led by University College London have linked age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to calcium deposits in the eye. The researchers hope that this new discovery will lead to significantly earlier detection and eventual treatment for the condition.
- L’OCCITANE en Provence Donates $100,000 to the American Foundation for the Blind
NEW YORK (February 13, 2015)—In December 2014, L'OCCITANE en Provence pledged to give back to the visually impaired community by donating up to $100,000 to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).
- American Foundation for the Blind Announces 2015 Access Award Winners
NEW YORK (February 4, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is proud to announce that Comcast, Microsoft, MIPsoft, Odin Mobile, Joel Snyder, Ph.D., Texas Instruments Education Technology, Orbit Research and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will be honored with 2015 Access Awards for their commitment to innovation and access for all.
- Get A Free Currency Reader from the U.S. Department of Treasury
Read Maureen Duffy's post about what is going on in the world of accessible currency.
- Nearly $4 Million Awarded to Western Michigan University for Personnel Preparation
Western Michigan University's Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies recently received four grants totaling $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of filling the severe shortage of specialists trained to assist people with visual impairments. The five-year personnel training grants will help prepare orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists, vision rehabilitation therapists, rehabilitation counselors, and teachers of children who are visually impaired.
- U.S. Pharmacy Chain Enhances Accessibility Options for Prescription Labels by Adding Braille and Large-Print
Through the ScripAbility program, prescription medicines ordered through CVS/pharmacy's online pharmacy can now be delivered with large print or braille labels. These new accessible prescription label formats are in addition to the audio prescription labels, known as ScripTalk, which were made available to the customers of CVS/pharmacy in March 2014.
- The Braille Challenge 2015 Is about to Begin in the United States and Canada
The annual braille reading and writing competition for students who are blind or have low vision, Braille Institute's Braille Challenge, recently announced the dates and locations for the regional competition in the United States and Canada.
- The American Foundation for the Blind Announces 2015 Migel Medal Recipients
NEW YORK (December 15, 2014)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the 2014 winners of the Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The 2014 recipients are Judy Brewer, Gaylen Kapperman, Ed.D. and Rosanne Silberman, Ed.D.