The American Foundation for the Blind in the News
Below are recent media articles featuring AFB, our experts, and issues related to blindness and vision loss.
The First Audiobook: an LP for the Blind
April 25, 2013
A look back at AFB's creation of talking books.
Blind Mothers-To-Be Find Solution in 3D Printing
Tech Page One
April 2, 2013
Innovations in 3-D printing technology are allowing family members who are visually impaired to share in the joyous benchmarks of pregnancy via printed sonograms. AFB's National Independent Living Associate, Neva Fairchild, is quoted.
Service helps visually impaired enjoy television
Radio and Television Business Report
March 11, 2013
Coverage of AFB’s Described TV Listings, which makes it easy for television viewers with vision loss to find out which networks and programs offer video description—brief narration between spoken dialogue describing the action and events onscreen.
The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone
January 27, 2013
A critical look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which is meant to outlaw technologies that bypass copyright protections. This has had negative consequences that affect consumers and new innovations, as the DMCA leaves it up to the Librarian of Congress to issue exemptions that were recognized to be necessary given the broad language of the statute that swept a number of ordinary acts and technologies as potential DMCA violations. As a result, AFB has lobbied Congress to protect an exception for people who are blind allowing for books to be read aloud.
UES deaf to plan for blind crosswalk help
New York Post
January 8, 2013
Community reps in New York City's Upper East Side complain that plans to install audible crosswalk signals to help people with vision loss safely cross streets would violate the neighborhood's peace and quiet. AFB President and CEO Carl Augusto sets the record straight.
New product testing and research by blind lauded
November 1, 2012
In light of the 10 year anniversary of AFB’s Huntington office, celebrations included a demonstration of the accessibility research and product testing being conducted by staff.
Braille on beauty products ... genius! Cleanlogic launches new line
October 15, 2012
Cleanlogic, an eco-friendly beauty product line that recently introduced products with brailled labels, held a launch event in which AFB President and CEO Carl Augusto addressed the crowd and spoke to the importance of braille.
Litton, NAB Team For Video Description PSA
October 10, 2012
Thanks to a partnership between Litton Entertainment and the National Association of Broadcasters, and in conjunction with Bridge Multimedia, the industry's first video description public service announcement is available on AFB's website.
A Heart-to-Heart on Blindness
Mikaela Smith, 13, first met Carl Augusto, AFB president and CEO, while in New York to be recognized for her winning essay at Lions Day with the United Nations. The two found they had a lot in common and, at the request of the LION, they later spoke about the challenges of blindness, Lions and attitudes about the blind. Here is the transcript.
Mobile Apps and Accessibility
Digital Innovation Gazette
As mobile apps become more and more prominent, the focus on accessibility becomes paramount. AFB's Crista Earl is quoted.
Blind and online: Progress, not perfection, for visually impaired tech users
September 11, 2012
AFB's Darren Burton describes some of the “design sins” website designers often commit by not taking audiences with visual impairments into consideration.
Resources to Help Seniors Living With Low Vision
The Huffington Post
August 27, 2012
Syndicated Columnist and SavvySenior.org Creator Jim T. Miller points to VisionAware, the new website from AFB and Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, when asked about resources for seniors losing their vision.
Helen Keller sunglasses create a stir
April 24, 2012
A Chinese company has named a line of its sunglasses after Helen Keller, an odd and possibly distasteful choice. Carl Augusto, AFB president and CEO, weighs in.
Treatment improves for age-related sight loss
The Chicago Tribune
March 7, 2012
Helpful resources are available for people recently diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration from The Chicago Lighthouse, including the new text "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind," published by AFB Press.
Blind, vision-impaired in Alabama wait months for mobility training because of teacher shortage
The Birmingham News
February 23, 2012
The shortage of orientation and mobility instructors is examined and dissected. AFB's Mark Richert is quoted.
Spread of Touch-Screen Technology Worries Advocates for Visually Impaired
January 27, 2012
The popularity of touch-screen services — and their lack of accessibility — is a growing problem for people with visual impairments.
The Mind's Ear
The New York Times
November 27, 2011
In an article examining the rise of audio books, AFB is referenced as a pioneer in the medium's development, via the original "talking book."
Market Spotlight: Retail
November 3, 2011
In this review of near field communications (NFC) technology, AFB's Darren Burton is quoted. "The practicality in the grocery store just isn't there," he says. "I'm not going to go around the store waving my phone around until I find the butter."
College Student-Owned Company Develops App For The Blind
November 2, 2011
The AccessWorld app, created in Huntington, West Virginia, receives local coverage.
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