Director, AFB Center on Vision Loss
Areas of Expertise:
- Aging and vision loss
- Rehabilitation and independent living
A professional with over 40 years' experience in aging and vision loss, Judy Scott is actively involved in AFB's efforts to expand services nationwide for older Americans with vision loss—a population that is growing rapidly as baby boomers reach retirement age and beyond.
Scott spearheaded AFB's successful $2.3 million Preserving Independence campaign which resulted in the establishment of the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas, Texas. The 9000-square-foot vision loss training facility educates people with vision loss and their family members, and those in the healthcare, construction and design professions, on ways to create environments that promote independent and healthy living. In addition, she was instrumental in developing the content for AFB Senior Site (www.afb.org/seniorsite), a unique web site that carries the Center's information to a national and international audience.
She guided the AFB's National Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss, a coalition of 140 vision rehabilitation professionals who work to address the needs of America's increasingly larger aging population. As a coalition leader, Scott worked to increase federal funding for independent living programs for older adults with age-related eye conditions.
In 1974, while working with the Texas Commission for the Blind, Scott helped develop a proposal to establish the first independent living program for older visually impaired persons in Texas. The program, which she directed, later served as a national model.
Scott's efforts have helped make many public structures accessible for people with disabilities. This includes the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal D, Cowboys Stadium, and the American Airlines Center.
Scott was appointed to the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities in 1996 and Governor Perry appointed her as Chair in 2007. She serves on more than ten other committees and boards dedicated to full access, including the Elderly Working Group of the World Blind Union.
Scott has received numerous recognitions and awards. In 2010, she was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame and selected as a first time recipient of the Texas ACB "Who's Who Among Blind Texans Award". Scott holds an M. S. in Counseling and Guidance/Aging and a B. S. in Psychology and Sociology from East Texas State University.