AFB TECH Partnerships
AFB TECH forges partnerships with a number of institutions, organizations, researchers, and technology trendsetters to promote universal design. Ensuring that all products are usable to people with disabilities requires the cooperation of many different groups in a variety of contexts all over the country.
Located in Huntington, WV, AFB TECH is fortunate to have at its doorstep the knowledge, expertise, and technical know-how of the Marshall University College of Information Technology and Engineering, the Department of Physics and Physical Science, and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. AFB TECH has also established a close working relationship with the mobile development company, Floco Apps LLC, and the Atlanta VA Rehab R&D Center on Excellence for Aging Veterans with Vision Loss. These collaborative endeavors have resulted in substantial advances in accessible technology.
AFB TECH partners with the corporate sector as well. AT&T, Verizon, and Sony Ericsson have sought AFB TECH's help in making some of their popular cell phones more accessible to people with disabilities. When Adobe Systems recognized that people experiencing vision loss were having difficulties reading and creating documents in its popular Portable Document Format (PDF) software, the company turned to AFB TECH for a solution. AFB TECH has also worked with AOL, Apple, several diabetes technology manufacturers, assistive technology manufacturers, and a major supplier of internet telephony equipment to address accessibility issues. Voting equipment manufacturers have integrated the results of AFB TECH's research into designs for accessible voting machines.
AFB TECH encourages anyone interested in the latest technological advances in accessibility to contact its expert research staff with any questions or ideas—however large or small.
AFB TECH also collaborates with AFB Consulting, the consulting arm of the American Foundation for the Blind. AFB TECH provides support and technical expertise to AFB Consulting's contracted work with commercial, government, and non-government organizations. AFB Consulting's solutions expand markets by maximizing the accessibility and usability of products, services, web sites, and intranets for people with disabilities—54 million people in the United States alone.