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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Breakthroughs for the Vision Loss Profession

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Testimonial in a speech bubble: The book [Cortical Visual Impairment] is one of the most important published over the life of my 40 years as a teacher of the visually impaired.

With an aging population, soldiers returning home with combat injuries and increasing numbers of prematurely born babies surviving with multiple disabilities, the demand for quality services for people with vision loss is expected to double by the year 2030. (Source: Prevent Blindness America, 2010) Yet the pool of available professionals is expected to shrink—putting the pressure on teachers, occupational therapists and other service providers not formally trained in the vision loss field. (Source: National Plan for Training Personnel, 2000)

AFB meets the need for trusted, up-to-date research and resources with AFB Press and Professional Development, and the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB).

Pioneering Scholarship

AFB's publishing arm, AFB Press, is the go-to resource for vision loss professionals, producing more university texts and professional books on visual impairment than any other publisher in the field.

AFB Press publications are routinely recognized with prestigious awards, including the "Best Title in Allied Health" from the Association of American Publishers and the C. Warren Bledsoe Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Literature from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

100% of the 43 existing university preparation programs report using AFB Press books. Graphic shows an open book that is 100% dark blue.

100% of the 43 existing university preparation programs report using AFB Press books.
(Source: 2014 survey of university prep programs for vision loss professionals)

Evolving Resources

In ongoing efforts to expand the reach of its scholarship, AFB Press has moved much of its popular content online, from classroom webinar series to e-books that can be read on a variety of devices. Vision loss professionals now can log into the iBookstore™, the Kindle and Nook stores, and AFB.org to access classic texts about orientation and mobility, teaching, and low vision with a single click.

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB)—an industry leader for more than 100 years featuring peer-reviewed research—has adopted new technological advances to enhance the reader experience. Readers can now access JVIB available online, as an e-book and in downloadable braille-ready, ASCII, and PDF formats.

Increase in number of pages views of JVIB: bar graph showing increase from 276,000 in 2012 to 340,000 in 2013

Increase in number of pages views of JVIB from 276,000 in 2012 to 340,000 in 2013.
(Source: AFB web metrics)

  • "The one set of books that I recommend and often buy to share with teachers and paraprofessionals is the When You Have a Visually Impaired Student in Your Classroom series. These books offer so much information."
  • "[My favorite is] Instructional Strategies for Braille Literacy — I've had two kids, and I was told they would never read, that I was wasting my time with reading and I used the strategies in that book, and now they are reading. I was thrilled."

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