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AFB eNews

October 2011

VisionAware to join AFB family of websites

AFB and Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation are teaming up to help the 25 million Americans with vision loss live full, independent lives. VisionAware, the popular web resource sponsored by Partners for Sight, will be redesigned and integrated into the AFB family of websites, which serves millions of people annually by delivering information about living with vision loss. The revamped site will target working age adults, senior citizens and the families and caregivers of people with visual impairments.

This collaboration comes at a time when more and more Americans are beginning to experience vision loss due to an increase in diabetes rates and age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is well-documented that the majority of these individuals do not have regular access to vision rehabilitation services and information that can help increase independence. Partners for Sight and AFB's goal is to fill this information gap.

News and Announcements


AFB Announces 2012 Access Awards Call for Nominations

AFB is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Access Awards, which honor individuals, corporations and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired.

Nominations for the AFB Access Awards should illustrate an exceptional and innovative effort that has improved the lives of people with vision loss by enhancing access to information, the environment, technology, education or employment, including making mainstream products and services accessible. Letters of nomination addressing the above criteria should be emailed to Marc Grossman, AFB, 2012 Access Awards Committee, at: mgrossman@afb.net. Nominations must be received no later than Monday, November 28, 2011.


AccessWorld: There's an App for That!

AFB Tech has developed a free AccessWorld App for Apple's mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod). The app provides convenient access to the current issue of AccessWorld, along with past issues and a contact page for AFB's AcessWorld team. It is available through the iTunes App Store. The initial release has been well-received and AFB Tech is already working on enhancements.


AFB Senior Site: Today's Older Worker

AFB Senior Site launched a new employment section for older workers experiencing vision loss. For rehab professionals and those who are 50 plus and concerned about their job because of diminishing eyesight, go to Today's Older Worker to find out how to stay in the employment game!


Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute Gets a New Name

The Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute will now be called the AFB Leadership Conference. The 2012 conference will be held May 4-5 at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Our event partners are the Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, the Florida Division of Blind Services, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, and the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired.


Winners Announced for the 2011 Scholarship Program

This summer, the 2011 Scholarship Program award winners were selected. In total, $18,000 was dispersed to ten visually impaired college students from around the country.

From the Blogs


Which screen reader is best?

AFB Expert Ike Presley shares his thoughts on screen readers, and offers an opportunity to learn more.

Let's Talk Tech: Accessibility in a Changing Environment

AFB Expert Paul Schroeder's thoughts about the future of accessibility in light of the ever-shifting flow of technological advancement.

Tips for Teachers

FamilyConnect blogger Emily Coleman shares her tips on how to handle classroom duties when students are visually impaired.

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