About the AFB Directory of Services
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)'s Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada was first published in 1926, only five years after the inception of AFB. That a national service directory was produced so quickly after the establishment of the organization indicates both the great need that existed for information on available services and the desire of AFB to support and respond promptly to blind and visually impaired persons, their families, and professionals who worked with them.
AFB continued to publish the Directory in print until 2005 and launched a fully accessible and searchable version in 2001 to meet the same pressing need and with the same critical purpose: to provide useful, comprehensive information that helps persons who are visually impaired and their families find the assistance they need and to help professionals identify, coordinate, and deliver services effectively.
Today, the AFB Directory database is available as an accessible app, and powers the Find Services sections on AFB's family of websites—AFB's main website, which features comprehensive profiles of agencies and descriptions of all the services they offer; FamilyConnect, a website for families of children with visual impairments sponsored by AFB and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI), which lists agencies that offer services for children and descriptions of those services; VisionAware, AFB's website for adults and seniors with visual impairments, which lists agencies that offer services for adults and seniors and descriptions of those services.
The Directory database contains information on more than 2,000 organizations and agencies that serve people who are blind or visually impaired. It compiles listings of schools, agencies, organizations, and programs in the governmental and private, nonprofit sectors that provide a wide variety of direct and indirect services, information, and other assistance to blind and visually impaired children and adults, their families, and professionals who work with them. Information is also included on producers and distributors of braille, large-print publications, audiotape, and other alternate media; specialized computer hardware and software and other assistive technology and adapted devices; and other products used by people who are visually impaired.
Each listing of organizations in the Directory provides contact information and a detailed description of the services the organization provides. A listing in the Directory, which is based on information supplied by the individual organization itself, does not imply endorsement or evaluation by AFB. (Additional information on accreditation and evaluation of agencies can be obtained from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services.")
Because of the complexity of information today and its constantly shifting nature, AFB welcomes suggestions for corrections, deletions, and new listings for the Directory. Such information should be sent in writing to:
AFB Directory of Services
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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