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FamilyConnect Named a "2008 Outstanding Product" in the iParenting Media Awards

New York, NY (August 5, 2008)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) are proud to announce that the web site FamilyConnect™ has been named a "2008 Outstanding Product" in the iParenting Media Awards. The Awards determine the most outstanding products available for children and teens in a diverse range of categories, including games and toys, educational books, web sites, and more.

"AFB and NAPVI created FamilyConnect as on online community for parents of visually impaired children, a place where they can connect with other families dealing with the same issues and find the answers they're looking for," said Carl R. Augusto, President and CEO of AFB. "It's an honor to be recognized by iParenting as such a valuable web site."

"The iParenting Media Award is something parents look for when choosing quality products and resources for their family," said Susan LaVenture, Executive Director, NAPVI. "It really is a privilege for FamilyConnect to be named an Outstanding Product and to be recognized as a vital resource for parents of visually impaired children."

FamilyConnect, launched in April 2008, is an online community for the parents of visually impaired children. Located at, FamilyConnect gives busy parents, grandparents, and other caretakers a place to find the comprehensive resources and support they need, 24 hours a day. Families can use message boards to share their stories with each other, read parenting articles, access local resources, read a mom-authored blog, and watch compelling videos featuring real-life families. The site also features sections dedicated to multiple disabilities, technology, education, and every age group from infants to teens.

"I really thought the information on this site was credible. After navigating through it, I saw so much useful information for any child with a disability," said an iParenting Media Awards' Reviewer. "The IEP information alone was a Godsend. You have no idea unless you have struggled through this. I wish I had all this information at my first meeting."

The Awards, overseen by iParenting Media, part of the Disney Internet Group, provide a credible and objective method of determining the best products available on the market for families. They are the only product evaluation service with an awards program of its kind to receive ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9100:2000 certification.


About the American Foundation for the Blind
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 over forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information, visit

About iParenting Media, an online community for parents and parents-to-be, is part of Disney Online's network of family-focused Web sites including, and

Founded in 1996 the company has grown from a single pregnancy site,, to an award-winning network of more than 40 sites, in English and Spanish. The iParenting sites address a range of parenting issues from preconception through raising teenagers and beyond. iParenting Media's Editor-in-Chief, Elisa Ast All, MSJ, writes a monthly newspaper column and co-hosts a Chicago-based radio show, Points on Parenting.

iParenting Media produces the highly-respected iParenting Media Awards program. Consumers can learn more about iParenting Media Award-winning products, and where to purchase the products via a retailer network online directory, by visiting

For more information, contact:
Adrianna Montague-Gray
American Foundation for the Blind
(212) 502-7675

Andrea Meyer
Walt Disney Internet Group
(818) 623-2756

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