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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

A Letter from the President and CEO

Kirk Adams

Dear Friends of AFB,

When I became the sixth president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in 2016, my goal was simple: I wanted to listen and learn from experts in the field and from our stakeholders to better understand how AFB could best serve our community. We interviewed scores of leaders and subject matter experts during our strategic planning process, and we learned that our role must be to provide a clear voice and impartial data so that all individuals who are blind or have vision loss can live a life of no limits.

Today, our mission is clear: we must create a world where barriers to education, employment, entertainment, and resources no longer exist for people who are blind or visually impaired. That means we must provide knowledge and mobilize policymakers to address the pressing needs of people who are blind.

We're at a critical crossroads, and there is an opportunity, if we are ready to seize it, to make this bold vision a reality. Technology is advancing at lightning speed. Government policies in education and access are being reformed. Through research and data, we have unprecedented ways of looking at old problems and needing new solutions. Instead of accepting the status quo—and leaving behind individuals who are blind or visually impaired to face higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and illness than those who are sighted—we are choosing to seize this opportunity to lead.

But we can't do this alone. Creating a world with no limits will require the partnership of teachers, administrators, policymakers, corporations, technology firms, and individuals like you.

At AFB, we have every reason for optimism. The future is ripe with potential—especially when we all work together to fulfill our mission to create a world with no limits for all.

Best regards,
Kirk Adams
AFB President and CEO

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