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American Foundation for the Blind Welcomes Alan May to Its Board

NEW YORK (November 14, 2017)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), a national nonprofit that creates a world of no limits for people with visual impairments, today announced the election of a new, distinguished trustee to its national board: Alan May, Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. May was elected during the November 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

AFB Applauds Senate Introduction of Cogswell-Macy Act, Calls for Further Action

Announces National Call-In Day to Urge Congress to Take Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 13, 2017)—The Cogswell-Macy Act, federal bipartisan legislation aimed at improving special education for students with sensory disabilities, was introduced in the Senate this week by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) as S.2087. The House of Representatives version of the bill (H.R.1120) was introduced in February by Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and David McKinley (R-WV). The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is now calling on all Americans concerned about public education for students with disabilities to take part in a National Call-In Day Wednesday, November 15, to encourage Congress to keep moving this legislation forward in support of children who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or deafblind.

AFB Welcomes New Chair to Its National Board

Russell Shaffer of Walmart Elected During November Board of Trustees Meeting

NEW YORK (November 7, 2017)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), a national nonprofit that creates a world of no limits for people with vision loss, today announced Russell Shaffer was elected its new board chair during the November Board of Trustees meeting in Dallas. Shaffer succeeds Larry B. Kimbler, who served as chair since 2013.

AFB Announces Call for Nominations for the 2018 Corinne Kirchner Research Award

NEW YORK (September 13, 2017)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today issued a call for nominations for the 2018 Corinne Kirchner Research Award, which honors the best minds in the field of visual impairment.

AFB Names Megan Dodd as New Director of Center on Vision Loss

Dallas, August 24, 2017—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced Megan Dodd as the new director of AFB’s Center on Vision Loss, a cornerstone of AFB’s national agenda on aging and vision loss to raise awareness, facilitate increased and improved services, and protect and promote the rights of seniors with vision loss to lives of enjoyment, inclusion, and independence.

AFB Announces Call for 2018 Migel Medal Nominations

NEW YORK, August 7, 2017—Today, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced an invitation for nominations for the 2018 Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The Migel Medal was established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

American Foundation for the Blind Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

NEW YORK, June 2, 2017—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has awarded its 2017 scholarships to eight outstanding students who are blind or visually impaired and are pursuing their studies at institutions of higher education. These scholarships support one of AFB's most important goals: expanding access to education for students with vision loss.

American Foundation for the Blind Announces the 2017 Helen Keller Achievement Award Winners

NEW YORK, April 12, 2017—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the recipients of its 21st annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards, which acknowledge those who have made extraordinary contributions to improving the quality of life of people with vision loss. Honorees will be celebrated at the organization’s 21st anniversary gala in New York City on June 15.

"Breakthroughs" PSA from American Foundation for the Blind Honors the Past and Heralds the Future

NEW YORK (March 20, 2017)—A century of social and policy breakthroughs that improved the lives of Americans who are blind and visually impaired is the inspiration behind a public service announcement (PSA) from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) that is airing nationally this month in Comcast markets.

American Foundation for the Blind Applauds Bipartisan Action to Transform Special Education for Students with Sensory Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 22, 2017)— The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, named for two iconic figures in the hearing and vision loss communities, was re-introduced in the House last week as H.R. 1120 by Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and David McKinley (R-WV).

AFB Announces Recipients of the 2017 Delta Gamma Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Award

NEW YORK (February 1, 2017)— In partnership with the Delta Gamma Foundation, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the 12 recipients of the 2017 Delta Gamma Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Award.

AFB-AIRA Partnership Delivers Independence and Mobility for People With Vision Loss

NEW YORK (January 26, 2017)— Inspired by a shared commitment to providing individuals with vision loss with innovative ways of experiencing the world and mastering their environments, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced a partnership with the emerging technology startup, Aira, to mainstream a revolutionary visual descriptor service.

American Foundation for the Blind Welcomes New Trustees to National Board

New York (January 24, 2017)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)—one of the premier organizations for improving the lives of people with vision loss—today announced the election of three new members to its national Board of Trustees: Benjamin R. Adams, Connie F. Campbell, and Katie Frederick.

American Foundation for the Blind Announces 2017 Access and Schloss Award Winners

NEW YORK (January 23, 2017)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is proud to announce that Bridge Multimedia, Computers for the Blind and United Airlines will be honored with 2017 Access Awards for their commitment to innovation and access for all. In addition, Bernadette Kappen, Ph.D., executive director of the New York Institute for Special Education, has been named the Irvin P. Schloss Advocacy Award recipient.

AFB Announces 2017 Stephen Garff Marriott Award Recipient

NEW YORK (January 9, 2017)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has named Robert (Bob) Vetere, senior workplace accommodation specialist with Northrop Grumman’s Global Corporate Responsibility organization, the recipient of the 2017 Stephen Garff Marriott Award. The award honors a blind or visually impaired individual who has served as an extraordinary mentor or who has attained remarkable professional success.

American Foundation for the Blind Names 2017 Migel Medal Recipients

NEW YORK (October 16, 2016)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the 2017 winners of the Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The 2017 recipients are Carl R. Augusto and Rebecca (Becky) Coakley.

AFB to Honor Visionaries During Fall Gala in Huntington, W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (October 16, 2016)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), a national nonprofit with an office in Huntington, will celebrate leaders who are expanding possibilities for people with vision loss at an awards event at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Guyan Golf & Country Club. The honorees are Cathy Burns, city manager of Huntington and a member of AFB’s Board of Trustees; AFB Trustee and renowned philanthropist Joan Weisberg; and the James H. & Alice Teubert Charitable Trust and its executive director, Jimelle Bowen.

AFB Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Helen Keller Achievement Awards and Announces 2016 Honorees

NEW YORK (May 3, 2016)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the recipients of the 20th annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards, which acknowledge those who have made extraordinary efforts to improve quality of life for people with vision loss. Honorees will be fêted at a special 20th anniversary gala in New York City on June 16th.

The American Foundation for the Blind Names Susan Mazrui the Recipient of the 2016 Stephen Garff Marriott Award.

New York (February 9, 2016)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has named Susan Mazrui,a former AFB Trustee, the recipient of the 2016 Stephen Garff Marriott Award. The award honors a blind or visually impaired individual who has served as an extraordinary mentor or who has attained remarkable professional success.

The American Foundation for the Blind Board announces 2016 Access Award winners.

New York (February 8, 2016)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is proud to announce that Avid Technology, Inc., Glinda Hill, ITNAmerica, Netflix and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) will be honored with 2016 Access Awards for their commitment to innovation and access for all.

The American Foundation for the Blind Board Names Kirk Adams As Next President and CEO

New York (January 28, 2016)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Board of Trustees today named Kirk Adams, currently the president and CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., in Seattle, as its next president and CEO after a nationwide search.

American Foundation for the Blind Names 2016 Migel Medal Recipients

New York (January 5, 2016)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the 2016 winners of the Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The 2016 recipients are Michael Bina, Ed.D., Gordon Gund and Llura “Lulie” Liggett Gund.

American Foundation for the Blind Welcomes New Trustees to National Board

New York (December 21, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)—one of the nation's premier organizations for improving the lives of people with vision loss—today announced the election of five new members to its national Board of Trustees: Sally Giittinger, Brenda Gumbs, Meg LaVigne, Roman Rubio and Russell Shaffer.

The American Foundation for the Blind Welcomes Cindy Watson as New Director of the Center on Vision Loss in Dallas

Dallas, TX (November 30, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to welcome Cindy Watson as the new director of the AFB Center on Vision Loss and Web Programs. A known leader in the field of blindness, Watson is charged with overseeing the AFB Center on Vision Loss, a national demonstration center dedicated to helping people with vision loss live independently. In addition, she will lead the organization's CareerConnect, FamilyConnect and VisionAware programs.

American Foundation for the Blind President & CEO, Carl Augusto, to Retire in Spring 2016

NEW YORK (August 11, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced that its President & CEO, Carl R. Augusto, will retire in the spring of 2016 after 25 years of service to AFB. Augusto, a longtime champion of people with disabilities and a preeminent leader in the field of blindness, joined the organization in 1991. Under his leadership, AFB has made significant strides in leveling the playing field for people with vision loss, especially in the areas of public policy, education, technology, aging and employment.

American Foundation for the Blind Announces Call for Nominations for 2016 Migel Medals

NEW YORK (August 10, 2015)—Today, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced an invitation for nominations for the 2016 Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The Migel Medal was established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Migel Medal Awards consists of two categories, the Professional Award and the Lay/Volunteer Award.

Judy Scott, Long-Time Vision Loss Champion, to Retire from the American Foundation for the Blind

Dallas, TX (August 3, 2015)—Today the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced that Judy Castle Scott, a longtime champion and pioneer in the field of vision loss, will retire in the fall of 2015, after 46 years of distinguished service. Scott is currently the director of the AFB Center on Vision Loss and Web Programs, a role that allows her to fulfill her dream of providing hope, help and connection to people affected by sight loss.

American Foundation for the Blind Announces 2016 Access Awards Call for Nominations

NEW YORK (June 10, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced its official call for nominations for the 2016 Access Awards, which honor individuals, corporations and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired.

American Foundation for the Blind Announces 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award Honorees

NEW YORK (May 6, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the names of four honorees who will receive the prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Awards at a special gala in New York City on June 18th.

AFB Creates an Accessible Video Player and Makes It Available As a Free Download

NEW YORK (May 5, 2015)—Today, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) made its new, accessible HTML5 embedded video player available as a free download. The AFB Accessible Player makes it easy for people with vision loss to play videos online, something that can be fraught with accessibility challenges.

The American Foundation for the Blind Names Russell Shaffer the Recipient of the 2015 Stephen Garff Marriott Award

NEW YORK (March 5, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has named Russell Shaffer the recipient of the 2015 Stephen Garff Marriott Award. The award honors a blind or visually impaired individual who has served as an extraordinary mentor or who has attained remarkable professional success.

AFB Awarded $275,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Digitize the Helen Keller Archives

NEW YORK (March 24, 2015)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is thrilled to announce a grant of $275,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize the Helen Keller Archives. Bequeathed to AFB by Keller, the collection is a living testament to the amazing story of Keller's life, from her famous awakening as a child of 6 at the water pump, to her life as an author, activist, and global ambassador for people with disabilities.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online at www.afb.org.

Media Contact:
Adrianna Montague-Devaud
AFB Communications
(212) 502-7615
amontague@afb.net

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