Lee Huffman

Dear AccessWorld readers,

It has been one busy, action-packed time at AccessWorld and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)! It seems we just wrapped up with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference (ATIA), and the AFB Leadership Conference (AFBLC), and we are now turning full-force into the California State University at Northridge Conference (CSUN).

The 2019 AFB Leadership Conference was held in Washington D.C., February 28 to March 1. AFBLC attracted over 400 established and emerging leaders in the blindness field. Conference attendees included technology experts, corporate representatives, university professors, and researchers. They came from diverse organizations and institutions spanning the public and private sectors.

AFBLC 2019 had five primary areas of focus, including leadership, aging and visual impairment, education, technology, and employment. I would like to thank all the presenters, panelists, and generous sponsors for their time and investment into helping to make AFBLC 2019 such a success. It is because of you that we are able to present our conference and help contribute to, and share information with, members of the blindness field.

We were very pleased that the National Rehabilitation and Training Center on blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University held its State-of-the-Science conference during AFBLC, presenting research findings on important aspects of employment and visual impairment.

Please read Janet Ingber's articles in this issue for more in-depth AFBLC coverage, including information about the 2019 Helen Keller Achievement and Migel Medal award recipients.

AccessWorld will also have conference coverage for CSUN in our April issue. AccessWorld is pleased to be sponsoring Blind Bargains' podcasts from CSUN 2019, so be sure to check out all the latest CSUN coverage from Blind Bargains either by visiting its website or downloading its app.

This year, CSUN will be held in Anaheim, California, Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15, with the pre-conference beginning Monday, March 11. It will be interesting to see how the move from San Diego to Anaheim affects the conference. Check back next month to learn the answer to that question and about all the latest and greatest technology on display at CSUN 2019.

Lee Huffman
AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief
American Foundation for the Blind

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