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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

No Limits Advocacy

Creating a world of no limits means creating a truly inclusive and accessible society. To do that, AFB is working in partnership with other organizations and shifting our focus to catalyzing significant changes in every facet of life.

We must make accessibility and acceptance the norm, not the exception. That means creating a culture—at work, at school, and in our communities—where being blind or visually impaired is not a barrier.

Right now, advances in technology, education, and access are opening doors to new possibilities. By seizing the moment, we can change the world and how it includes people who are blind or visually impaired. This is the moment, and AFB is leading the way to seismic changes that will create a world of no limits.

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Cultivating Leadership and Knowledge

The AFB Leadership Conference is an annual convening of the brightest minds in the field of blindness and visual impairment. At the 2017 gathering, we celebrated the beginning of a new era for AFB centered on our mission to create a world of no limits.

As a crucial aspect of our strategy, our Leadership Conference will continue to bring together established and emerging leaders from diverse organizations and institutions spanning the public and private sectors. As always, the conference will unite leaders in technology, education, policy, research, and rehabilitation to learn and share knowledge.

Making a World of No Limits Possible

Sabrina and Jeremy Brantley know their two sons will lose their vision, probably sooner rather than later. They are already preparing their boys, Jeremy and Chase, to live with no limits—and AFB's work helps make that possible.

Jeremy and Chase have retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive condition that has already caused night blindness in the young boys. They also struggle in dimly lit situations and have peripheral vision limitation.

"We're trying to go out more at night and get them used to doing things," Sabrina says. "Jeremy sometimes asks what it will be like when he can't see and he wants to start learning braille."

Both boys are mainstreamed at public school, where they work with a vision teacher and an orientation and mobility instructor who teaches them skills like navigating public transportation. They've also been inspired by the people they've met at AFB, such as Neva Fairchild, a national independent living and employment specialist.

"It's been great for the kids to see that people can be successful," Sabrina says.

"I keep it in their heads that if they're smart and get good grades, they can do whatever they want and we're not going to let anything limit that."
Brantley family holding sign that says Brantley Bros, depicting their two sons as superheroes

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