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.
Employers' wariness thwarts many blind jobseekers
San Antonio Express-News
November 4, 2013
The problem of people who are visually impaired finding meaningful employment persists, despite being perfectly capable as well as the proliferation of technological advances. AFB's Joe Strechay weighs in on the issue.
By Tricking the Brain, Disney's Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind
October 11, 2013
New technologies are being developed and studied by Walt Disney Co. that are expected to incorporate 3D technology to touchscreens. This tactile addition would add new possibilities for users who are blind. AFB’s Paul Schroder is quoted.
Feel the planet under your feet, smell the aromas, hear what you've been missing
The Baltimore Sun
September 10, 2013
AFB CareerConnect Program Manager Joe Strechay was interviewed for a story on vacations that incorporate senses other than sight.
App unlocks iPhone's potential for the vision-impaired
The Charleston Gazette
July 20, 2013
Coverage that provides the backstory of the AccessNote, AFB's popular note-taking app for iOS devices intended for users who are blind or visually impaired. AFB Tech Director Darren Burton is quoted.
For blind campers, a first chance to swim and canoe
July 3, 2013
An in-depth examination of Camp Abilities, a sports camp for youth who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. The camp was founded by Lauren Lieberman, Access Award winner and co-author of AFB Press' Physical Education and Sports for People with Visual Impairments and Deafblindness: Foundations of Instruction. AFB CareerConnect Manager Joe Strechay is quoted.
The Vault, Slate's history blog, features a letter Helen Keller wrote to the German student body in May 1933, in which she condemns their book-burnings.
Lobbying registrations for April return to numbers not seen since 2011
The Washington Post
May 12, 2013
In an article chronicling lobbying trends in Washington, AFB Vice President of Programs and Policy Paul Schroeder is quoted, explaining the hiring of a firm to urge lawmakers to take action on making insulin pumps and glucose monitors more user-friendly for people with diabetes-related 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.
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