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American Foundation for the Blind expands web site

April 5, 2004 (NEW YORK)—Whether you're hoping to find the latest information on accessible cellphones for people who are blind or have low vision, looking for resources to help teach a visually impaired student in your classroom, working for a corporation researching ADA compliance, or are experiencing vision loss and want to learn how to maintain your independence, has the answer.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) relaunched its web site today adding new information and resources for the 10 million Americans who are blind or have low vision. All the site's content is either new or updated to reflect the growing demand for current and reliable information for a population that is expected to grow dramatically as the baby boomers age.

"AFB has been delivering information through our web site for over a decade," said AFB president and CEO Carl R. Augusto. "By expanding our web presence, we've made AFB's vast expertise and resources available at the touch of a button, anytime of day."

New features on the site include a glossary of eye conditions, "etiquette tips" for interacting with a person who is blind, and a home page function called "Where can I find?," allowing visitors to locate organizations in their state that provide services—from dog guide training to newspaper reading services to education services—for people who are blind or visually impaired and their families.

AFB has also added an extensive searchable database of assistive technology products used by people who are blind or visually impaired. Visitors can browse by product, category, or manufacturer and find out everything from usage to price to the size and weight of the product.

The web site also retains popular features, such as the Helen Keller Archives and the Braille Bug® —a kids' section with games and activities to promote literacy and demystify braille. Visitors can read about the latest assistive technology in AccessWorld® —AFB's premier, online technology magazine—or search for a mentor through CareerConnect™, AFB’s Internet-based employment resource center.

In accordance with AFB's mission, the web site is a technologically advanced model of accessibility. The content has been organized so that all web site visitors can customize the pages to meet their viewing needs. For example, a person with low vision can change color, contrast, and text size to better view the site, while people using an audio screen reader can change the navigation of interior pages to better accommodate their needs.

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