Who We Serve
The American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss serves a vast array of audiences. Primarily, we share information and resources with people experiencing vision loss through product demonstrations, tours of Esther's Place (our demonstration model home) or by phone or email if they cannot come to the Center in person.
Frequently, family members or friends of someone new to living with limited vision also seek our assistance, and whether the person they want to help lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area or anywhere in the world, we can help.
We also strive to meet the needs of many different professionals, not only from the field of blindness education or rehabilitation, but practitioners and physicians from the healthcare community as well.
It may surprise you that architects, interior designers and aging-in-place professionals also find helpful information at the Center.
Essentially, the Center serves anyone who has questions or concerns about any aspect of visual impairment through the sharing of information, resources, and our expertise.
Impact of the AFB Center on Vision Loss
In fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012):
- staff & volunteers conducted 147 tours of Esther's Place for 477 people,
- 213 people attended seminars,
- and 648 people attended community meetings,
- for a total of 1,338 people visiting the Center.
Staff and volunteers gave presentations or hosted exhibits for 4,652 people outside the Center, for a total impact of 5,990 lives that were touched by the Center. To make all we do possible, an average of 25 different volunteers each month worked a total of 6,616 hours at the Center last fiscal year.