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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

AFB Connects You Brochure

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Helen Keller

Our Vision

The American Foundation for the Blind envisions a world where people with vision loss have equal access and opportunities.

AFB removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

"We're the dreamers and the doers, improving the lives of the more than 20 million Americans who experience blindness or vision loss by amplifying those voices and ensuring equitable access for all."
—Kirk Adams, President and CEO, American Foundation for the Blind

Changing Lives for Nearly a Century

Guided by this mission—and by the legacy of Helen Keller, who worked for AFB for 44 years— the American Foundation for the Blind is committed to building a more equitable world for the more than 20 million Americans living with vision loss.

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AFB Connects Individuals and Families to Support

Visit our award-winning family of websites to find valuable information from experts in the field, as well as peers with similar concerns and experiences.

Easing the Adjustment

VisionAware™ assists the growing number of adults new to vision loss and those who care for them by providing easy-to-find information on eye conditions, tips for living and working, and an online community to share thoughts and perspectives. visionaware.org

Creating a Community of Parents

FamilyConnect® supports parents of visually impaired children by providing expert advice, a searchable directory of services, and a completely customized social network. familyconnect.org

Preparing Job-Seekers

CareerConnect® matches individuals with vision loss to potential careers, employers, and mentors, and offers guidance on every step of the employment process. afb.org/cc

Showcasing Innovation

AccessWorld®, AFB's acclaimed online monthly magazine, delivers the latest news and commentary on accessible technology and products. afb.org/aw

Mapping Services

AFB's Directory of Services is a quick and easy way to find rehabilitation programs, libraries, and education centers in your community. afb.org/directory

Showcasing Tech Products

AFB's Product Database offers a comprehensive listing of assistive technology products. afb.org/prodmain

Did You Know?

Experts predict that by 2030, the number of individuals with vision loss is expected to double.

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AFB Connects Professionals to Peers and Practices

Whether you're an employer, an educator, a rehabilitation specialist, or an emerging leader in the vision loss field, AFB offers a rich community of practice, as well as the latest in research and education.

Sharing Knowledge

AFB Press produces more college- and university-level texts and books for professionals on the topic of visual impairment than any other publisher in the world. It is a catalyst for developing and encouraging new authors and scholarship. afb.org/press

Building Skills

AFB's eLearning Center delivers convenient online courses and webinars on topics from rehabilitation to aging to literacy. These accessible courses also offer continuing credits. afb.org/elearning

Convening the Vision Loss World

The AFB Leadership Conference mobilizes leaders, vision loss professionals, educators, innovators, and advocates to address the most critical issues affecting individuals with vision loss. afb.org/afblc

Did You Know?

AFB Press is the world's leading publisher of books, journals, videos, and electronic materials related to blindness and visual impairment.

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AFB Connects Technology, Industry, and Accessibility

Whether life-enhancing or life-saving, the technology we depend on is being made more accessible every day by AFB. Our work with industry leaders—Apple, Google, and Whirlpool, to name a few—has helped to level the playing field for individuals with vision loss.

Shaping the Future

AFB Tech evaluates mainstream and assistive technology products and advises major corporations to ensure the latest innovations meet the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Tech team also provides in-depth product reviews in AccessWorld, AFB's popular online technology magazine.

Guiding Product Development

AFB Consulting works directly with companies such as Marriott and Adobe to make their products, websites, workplaces, and services accessible to all.

A Place for Answers: AFB Center on Vision Loss

A teen with vision loss checks out the latest adaptive technologies. An architect takes a tour through Esther's Place, a model apartment for people who are visually impaired. At the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas, people with vision loss and those who work with them find the tools they need to ensure independence.

Visit the center in person or online at afb.org/cvl for a wealth of information on living independently with vision loss.


Did You Know?

AFB has developed apps for people with vision loss. Now available in the App StoreSM: AccessNote™, a powerful and efficient notetaker, and AccessWorld, an on-the-go version of AFB's technology magazine, and VisionConnect, which puts our entire Directory of Services at your fingertips.

Help Keep Our Connections Growing

Today, people with vision loss cast their votes independently and privately. Children with vision loss join their peers in public schools, equipped with braille, large-print, and electronic materials. And consumers benefit from electronics, home health appliances, and prescription drug labels in accessible formats.

With your support, AFB can expand its role as a leader in the field, connecting people across organizations and geographies under a common goal: a more accessible world full of possibilities for people with vision loss.

Learn more at www.afb.org, the most frequently visited vision loss site in the world.

"Our goal is to create environments where people with vision loss have the freedom and opportunity to achieve their dreams."
—Kirk Adams, President and CEO, American Foundation for the Blind

Did You Know?

Helen Keller worked for AFB for more than 40 years. Today, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives, containing over 80,000 items that include Keller's writings, letters, photographs, artifacts, and other materials.

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Helen Keller (right) with Eleanor Roosevelt (left).

Highlights from AFB's History

  • Worked with Apple to make the iPhone and iPad usable for people with vision loss
  • Advocated for national legislation that established the National Industries for the Blind and expanded employment opportunities for individuals with vision loss
  • Led the effort to ensure children with visual impairments receive their textbooks and classroom materials on time
  • Fought to ensure that people with vision loss can vote independently and privately
  • Championed the passage of landmark disability rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Established the first organization for parents of children with visual impairments
  • Played a major role in setting up a rehabilitation program for blinded soldiers, culminating in the Blinded Veterans Association
  • Pioneered the Talking Book, opening the doors to literacy for people with vision loss around the world

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