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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

About the American Foundation for the Blind: Leading the Vision Loss Community

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

AFB envisions a world where people with vision loss have equal access and opportunities.

Who We Are

"Action is our watchword; action will bring results."

This was our motto when we opened our doors in 1921, and it continues to guide us today. As a national nonprofit with offices in five US cities, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a leader in expanding possibilities for the more than 20 million Americans living with vision loss. We champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies. Our award-winning programs directly address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities. From infancy to education, career, and retirement, AFB is there to help at every stage of life.

What We Do

Changing Lives

In the last decade, AFB has helped to ensure that:

  • Children with visual impairments receive their textbooks and classroom materials at the same time as their sighted peers.
  • iPhones, iPods, and iPads are accessible.
  • Popular prime-time and children's TV shows are video described.
  • Pharmacies use best practices in providing accessible prescription drug labeling to customers with vision loss.

We have led the blindness community for over nine decades, proving that vision loss need not stand in the way of success. However, we recognize that our most important work lies ahead. You can help us reach our goals. Find out how to get involved with AFB.

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flower in bloom--Helen Keller
You can do your part to make hope and opportunity blossom for the many blind and visually impaired people who need us by making a donation now.

Future is the time when hopes blossom

Join Our Mission

Help us expand our resources for people with vision loss.