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The American Foundation for the Blind Announces Retirement of Maureen Matheson, Long-Time Champion and Friend

New York (October 1, 2012)—Today the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced that Maureen Matheson, vice president of AFB Press and Web Programs, will retire on December 31, 2012, after 12 years of distinguished work, overseeing dramatic changes in AFB Press, Web, and other programs.

"Maureen brought AFB into the digital age. She built our web operations department, oversaw the development of our eBooks and significantly bolstered traffic to AFB.org, which now serves millions annually," said Carl R. Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind.

Matheson led the effort to establish AFB Senior Site, FamilyConnect, CareerConnect, and VisionAware—key components of AFB's family of web programs. In addition, she recently expanded AFB Press' ePublications offerings and established a new partnership with the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) to make the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (JVIB) a benefit for AER members. She also established the AFB eLearning center.

Matheson has been active in the World Blind Union, participating at the North American Caribbean regional level and the world stage.

"Maureen's drive, enthusiasm, strategic insights, and leadership will be truly missed at AFB. Our very best wishes to her as she prepares to embark on this new chapter," Augusto said.

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About AFB

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. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

Contact:

John Mackin
AFB Communications
212-502-7617
jmackin@afb.net

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