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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Breakthroughs in Accessibility for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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"It's amazing to think that the technology being developed and implemented right here in West Virginia is making a world of difference for so many across our nation," said Senator Joe Manchin.

Mobile phones, office equipment, home appliances—these devices make life easier, or are even considered indispensable, for most Americans. But designers often fail to consider the needs of the 20 million people living with vision loss who miss out on the benefit of these technologies. (Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2006-2014)

That's where AFB Tech comes in.

Guiding Global Design

AFB Tech's consulting addresses critical technology inequities for people with vision loss. For over a decade, product designers and IT experts have dismantled barriers in office equipment, consumer electronics, telecommunications, and healthcare. AFB Tech provides manufacturers with accessibility guidance at the earliest possible stages of product development. And its partnerships with some of the world's largest corporations have helped make accessibility part of the design process.

AFB Tech helps make everyday devices more usable: people using a variety of mainstream technology products: photocopier, microwave, cell phone, tablet

AFB Tech helps make everyday devices more usable

Companies that AFB Tech Has Worked With:

  • Marriott
  • Canon
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Adobe
  • Lexmark

Creating Solutions

AFB Tech in Huntington, West Virginia, works with funders to identify critical issues relating to education, healthcare, and employment which need investigation and a strong advocate for change. AFB Tech also works to leverage new mobile technologies to enable access to information and enhance productivity for consumers and professionals. Check out our apps:

Sharing Industry Developments

AccessWorld® keeps people with vision loss and their families, teachers, rehabilitation counselors, product developers and manufacturers up to date about the technologies that can transform their lives: smart glasses, fitness tools, mobile apps, vision research, and more.

Each month's issue features objective reviews, informed commentary, and in-depth reporting on technology news and trends—all for free online at www.afb.org/accessworld.

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AccessWorld® receives over 50,000 views per month.
(Source: AFB web metrics, 2014)

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