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American Foundation for the Blind Receives NYSAE Outstanding Information Technology Leadership Award

New York (April 20, 2012)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) received the New York Society of Association Executives' (NYSAE) Outstanding Information Technology Leadership Award, given to organizations that demonstrate excellence in the field of technology and contribute to the benefits that information technology offers to humankind.

AFB received the award for its promotion of and dedication to helping people with vision loss use technology. From smart phones to office equipment to life-saving diabetes monitoring devices, AFB evaluates mainstream and assistive technology products and collaborates with companies to ensure their latest products meet the needs of blind and visually impaired consumers.

Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy of AFB, accepted the award for the organization at the NYSAE's annual Synergy Awards luncheon, held at New York's Double Tree Metropolitan Hotel on April 18.

"It is impossible to overstate how important technology has been, and accessible technology is, to the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired," Mr. Schroeder said. "With the advent of the web and with improvements in text-to-speech capabilities and improvements in making text larger for people with limited vision, we’ve been able to overcome numerous barriers."

Joel A. Dolci and Paul Schroeder.

Pictured: Joel A. Dolci, CAE, NYSAE president and CEO, left; and Paul Schroeder, AFB Vice President, Programs and Policy, right.

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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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