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Welcome to the fourth session of the Virtual AFB Leadership Conference. This session is a panel discussion of the preliminary findings of the Flatten Inaccessibility study, which investigated the impact of COVID-19 on US adults who are blind or have low vision. The survey was completed by 1,921 individuals and covered technology, healthcare, transportation, employment, education, social experiences, voting, and access to meals, food and supplies.

The researchers highlight some of the study findings and discuss how we can use data from this study to chart a road map to ensure those with vision loss are fully included in the response to COVID-19 and future challenging situations.

To learn more about the study, visit


L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D.
American Foundation for the Blind
Director of Research

Paola Chanes-Mora, Ph.D.
American Foundation for the Blind
Policy Research Specialist

Troy Otillio
Chief Executive Officer

Bonnielin Swenor, Ph.D.
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor