Advocating on Capitol Hill
AFB's Public Policy Center is a leading voice in our nation's capital. The policy team advocates for fair federal and state programs that affect the education and rehabilitation of people who are blind, as well as laws that relate to their economic status and civil rights. AFB led the way for the enactment of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, signed into law by President Obama in October 2010. This new law improves access to television programming and smartphones. In addition, in 2011, AFB's Public Policy Center focused its attention on making paper currency more accessible and making prescription labels easier to read.
"The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind, or live with a visual impairment to do what many of us take for granted—from navigating a TV or DVD menu to sending an e-mail on a smartphone."
—President Obama, joined by disability activists, signing the historic legislation at a White House ceremony, October 2010
(Photo Caption) An estimated 25.2 million adult Americans have significant vision loss.
Source: 2008 National Health Interview Survey Provisional Report