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American Foundation for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

American Foundation for the Blind
Two Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
(212) 502-7600 (Local)
(212) 502-7777 (Fax)
afbinfo@afb.net
http://www.afb.org

Brief Description

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Geographic area served: All fifty states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.
Publications: Through AFB Press, publishes a wide variety of professional, reference, and consumer videos, as well as books in various media, including the seminal Foundations textbook series; the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB); AccessWorld®: Technology for Consumers with Visual Impairments (online); and the AFB Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada, the primary online information resource on services to persons with visual impairments. Also publishes AFB eNews, Words from Washington, and a range of information related to blindness and visual impairment. Fully accessible informational website. Accessible Apps: For the millions of Americans with vision loss looking for information and services, as well as a simple, convenient way to take notes at work, at school, or at home, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to offer several free, accessible apps. Learn more at www.afb.org/apps.

Staff

George Abbott, AFB Press and Professional Development, gabbott@afb.net
Kirk Adams, President and CEO
Crista Earl, Director, Web Services, crista@afb.net
Adrianna Montague-Devaud, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, agray@afb.net
Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, mrichert@afb.net
Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy, pws@afb.net
Cynthia Watson, Director, AFB Center on Vision Loss and Web Programs, cwatson@afb.net

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Advocacy
    • AFB's Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, collaborates with policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in society. AFB's advocacy strategy is backed by a team of experts who conduct and analyze research related to vision loss.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • AFB's CareerConnect is a free online employment resource for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. CareerConnect presents employment information, career exploration tools, and extensive job seeking guidance for students and adults with vision loss and the professionals who work with them. The website includes a database of currently employed blind or visually impaired individuals who offer mentorship and support individuals entering the workplace or workers who are newly experiencing vision loss and seeking job accommodations.
  • Information and Referral
    • Maintains a toll-free information line (800-232-5463) and an e-mail response service (afbinfo@afb.net). AFB’s graphically rich websites are designed to be fully accessible to blind and visually impaired users. The main AFB website (www.afb.org), offers comprehensive, timely, and authoritative information on every aspect of blindness and visual impairment including an up-to-date, searchable database of nationwide services, message boards, community events, and announcements. The site features an extensive, searchable database of high- and low-tech products and AccessWorld®, AFB’s free, online technology magazine. It also includes the largest collection of Helen Keller memorabilia on the Internet. The newest addition to AFB’s family of websites is VisionAware™, developed in collaboration with Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight, which incorporates AFB’s award-winning SeniorSite and is designed to provide adults of all ages a one-stop resource to cope with vision loss.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
  • Education Services
    • AFB strives to protect the rights of students with vision loss to have access to quality educational opportunities, especially through adoption of the Expanded Core Curriculum and has been a leader in developing the National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities, a national effort of professionals and parents to improve educational services for students with disabilities.

      Through FamilyConnect, AFB provides parents with essential information about how to ensure their children receive appropriate education accommodations.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • CareerConnect, AFB's free online employment resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, includes a special section for teens, with message boards where they can connect with other teens and seek advice on getting a first job, how to connect with mentors, and choosing the right college.

      The Job Seekers Toolkit, an accessible, self-paced, and free online course, is a training course that covers self awareness, career exploration tools, the preliminary employment process, the interview, and maintaining employment. Information for parents, teachers, counselors, and employers is also provided, so they can better assist young people with vision loss as they form and actualize their career plans.
  • Information and Referral
    • Maintains a toll-free information line (800) 232-5463 and responds and an e-mail information service. FamilyConnect®, AFB’s graphically rich and fully accessible website hosted jointly with the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, provides vital information on raising a child with a visual impairment, including multiple disabilities, and offers parents a forum for communicating with other families on the basis of their child’s age, eye condition, or location.

      AFB's Braille Bug® includes the Helen Keller Kid’s Museum, an award-winning site that provides both sighted and visually impaired children with games and activities to promote literacy and learn about braille.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • AFB Consulting helps technology developers, manufacturers, and government to make products and services accessible and provides consultation and technical assistance to national, state, and local agencies and service groups.

      AFB Tech in West Virginia conducts evaluations of assistive technology for persons with visual impairments and mainstream devices such as cell phones and office equipment, publishes its evaluations in AccessWorld®, and works with manufacturers, software developers, website designers, and hardware manufacturers to help them better understand and address the needs of those who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Professional Training
    • Holds the AFB Leadership Conference (formerly known as the Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute) annually and produces a wide variety of professional training materials through AFB Press. Offers student internships in technology and other areas and conducts workshops and training sessions nationwide. Also offers continuing education credits via webinars or online courses through the eLearning Center.

Affiliates

AFB Tech

American Foundation for the Blind (Atlanta)

American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss

American Foundation for the Blind Public Policy and Research Center

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