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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

History of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Center on Vision Loss

Judy Scott In 1981, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) established an office in Dallas, Texas, to serve a 10-state region from Texas and New Mexico to the Canadian border. Judy Scott was selected as Director.
Bill Brice In 1988, Bill E. Brice, an attorney with Brice Legal Group, helped create the Dallas Board to give a local presence to the organization and served as its first Chair.
Larry Kimbler In 1996, Larry B. Kimbler, Executive Vice President with The Staubach Company, was elected Chairman of the Board.

In 2003, Mr. Kimbler worked with Judy Scott to conduct a feasibility study with public and private organizations and individuals to determine if creating a center for people with vision loss would meet the needs of the community's growing aging population. After successful feedback and financial commitments from all groups, a campaign was planned. Larry Kimbler and the late Rodger Meier served as Chairs of the Preserving Independence Campaign to establish the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas.

On March 1, 2004, Daniel J. Micciche, a partner with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. and Judy Scott signed documents to officially purchase the building at 11030 Ables Lane in Dallas. Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall, Inc. represented AFB in the property search. James Langford with James Langford Architects, was the architect for the building renovation and Nedderman & Associates served as the building contractor. Kristi J. Thomas with Accessology provided guidance to ensure all ADA requirements were being followed. Carrie Barron, an interior designer, assisted with furnishings. On October 1, 2004, the administrative staff moved into the Ables Lane space.

Grand Opening

In October 2006, the Center on Vision Loss held its grand opening with a week of activities.

Photo from the ribbon-cutting ceremony

Grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left to right are Larry Kimbler, Judy Scott, U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Carl Augusto, and Paul Schroeder.

The AFB Center on Vision Loss, Then and Now

exterior of the old Center on Vision Loss

The AFB Center on Vision Loss's old location

The AFB Center on Vision Loss has evolved from a 300 square-foot office to approximately 9,000 square feet, which includes Esther's Place, an 1,800 square-foot model home designed and equipped for people with vision loss, a technology center, a resource library, and a training/meeting room. The Center's information and tools now extend from its original geographic region to reaching people in every state and many foreign countries.

the exterior of the AFB Center on Vision Loss today

The Center on Vision Loss expands possibilities for people with vision loss and provides a gateway to independence.

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Aging and Vision LossA Handbook for Families

Aging and Vision Loss:

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