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AFB eNews

May 2011

CareerConnect® Launches Career Clusters

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AFB CareerConnect has launched Career Clusters, a new Web-based feature that allows users to explore career paths broadly by field. An individual who is interested in a career in law—but perhaps not specifically as a lawyer—can explore a number of professional options in this field and find a mentor via industry-specific message boards. Mentors working in those specific fields monitor the boards and can help to answer questions users might have. By visiting Career Clusters and clicking on the Law link, users will see an overview of the law field, followed by a list of specific positions in this field, as well as what responsibilities those jobs entail. Beneath that list, users will find the Mentor Message Board, where they can connect with an industry professional for advice and guidance.

Currently, "clusters" are offered in law, counseling, health, and education, with additional career clusters to be added in the near future.

News and Announcements


Evelyn Friedman Joins AFB as New VP of Development and Communications
Evelyn Friedman, a fundraising professional with more than 20 years of experience, has joined AFB as its new vice president of resource development and communications.

Friedman is a leader with a proven track record of introducing new strategies for funding, particularly in the areas of designing and implementing capital campaigns, events, Web donations, major gift programs and board development for non-profits. Prior to joining AFB, Friedman served at Classroom, Inc., as a vice president of development; at Lighthouse International as a managing director of individual giving; and at Hunter College as an acting executive director of development. She succeeds Lorraine Zamora, who retired as vice president of resource development after nearly 20 years of service with AFB.


AFB Named a 2011 Computerworld Honors Laureate
AFB has been named a laureate in the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program. AFB was nominated by ActionPacked! Networks for its work to provide continuity of service to constituents by employing the latest in information technology solutions. Laureates will be presented with medals at an awards ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The Computerworld Honors Program, founded in 1988, recognizes organizations and individuals who have used information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society, and change the world for the better.


Assistive Technology Pioneers Highlighted
AFB has introduced a new webpage featuring assistive technology pioneers Ray Kurzweil, Deane Blazie, Jim Fruchterman, and Saba Hocek. AFB's assistive technology oral history project features interviews with educators, inventors, humanitarians, and other inspirational figures who have led the way in creating opportunities for people with vision loss. Visitors can explore the photographs and biographies of these technology pioneers, as well as listen to the audio files (with full transcripts) of detailed oral history interviews.


SeniorSite® Introduces a Retirement Living Checklist
AFB SeniorSite now offers a new guide to retirement living and vision loss. The webpage offers a retirement living checklist for seniors and their family members to use when selecting a place to live. For those who decide to remain in their own home, the site also offers a home survey to help make their current residence "user friendly" and safe. For those who want to explore senior living communities, links to two nationwide directories, as well as the Senior Site directory, are provided. Additional information and resources are provided on the webpage to facilitate the decision-making process.


AFB Press Releases a New Edition of Reach Out and Teach
AFB Press has released a new edition of Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child Who Is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow by Kay A. Ferrell (with Susan Spungin, consulting editor). The book is a comprehensive guide for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired. It is available for purchase through the AFB online bookstore in paperback or in ASCII on CD.


Read Our Blog, Follow Us on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook
AFB employs a number of social networking tools to keep you in the loop. Visit the AFB Blog to hear directly from our employees on topics such as Apple TV and the proposed merger of T-Mobile and AT&T. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest information about AFB, as well as topics of interest to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Note that the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), Helen Keller, Senior Site, and FamilyConnect are also on Facebook. And don't forget to review our videos on YouTube and browse through our photos on Flickr.

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