What We’re Reading: “Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting”

October 22, 2020
NPR, October 21, 2020: Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting In Alabama, An Option During Pandemic One of the quotes that really stuck out from AFB’s Flattening Inaccessibility survey was a story about curbside voting. “I voted in the primaries, but the polling place did not have a ramp, and though they offered to bring the portable voting booth out, they would only do that if you parked your car in the designated spot. Since we got dropped off by Lyft, we did not have a car. So, two…

Inform & Connect, Special Episode: Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, Lead Author, Flatten Inaccessibility

October 21, 2020
Inform & Connect Special Episode: Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, AFB Director of Research.
In this special edition of AFB's Inform & Connect podcast, Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum discussed the Flatten Inaccessibility research report, the culmination of survey findings from 1,921 U.S. participants who are blind (65%) or have low vision (35%). The survey investigated the experiences of these participants during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine how they were affected in areas including access to transportation, healthcare, access to food and supplies, employment, education…

Neva Fairchild Appointed to Texas Governor’s Task Force On Disaster Issues Affecting Persons Who Are Elderly And Persons With Disabilities

October 15, 2020
On October 14, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed ten individuals to the Task Force on Disaster Issues Affecting Persons who are Elderly and Persons with Disabilities; among its members is AFB’s National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist Neva Fairchild. The Task Force on Disaster Issues Affecting Persons Who Are Elderly and Persons Who Are Disabled will study methods to more effectively accommodate persons who are elderly and persons with disabilities before, during, and after a disaster or…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics In the News, Leadership

AFB Town Halls

October 14, 2020
The Flatten Inaccessibility report examined the impact of COVID-19 on 1,921 adults with visual impairments and the Access and Engagement survey examined the impact of COVID-19 on the education of 455 children and 1,028 teachers of students with visual impairments and orientation and mobility specialists. These reports contain a wealth of information on timely topics important to those with visual impairments, family members, educators, employers, policymakers, and anyone else who is invested…

10 Ways to Be Anti-Ableist at Work

October 13, 2020
At AFB we are committed to supporting job seekers who are blind or have low vision. We know that for job seekers who are visually impaired, there are often technology obstacles along their path to employment but the perception barriers can be an even bigger hurdle. So in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we offer these 10 specific ways you can combat ableism in the workplace. 1. Hire blind people: Actively recruit, refer, and recommend blind and low vision candidates…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Employment

Celebrating the CVAA

October 7, 2020
In recent months, we at AFB had the good fortune to celebrate several pieces of legislation that have improved the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired. We celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July, the 22nd anniversary of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in August, and now, the 10th anniversary of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). Ratified on October 8, 2010, the CVAA significantly extended…

Five Ways to Use the Flatten Inaccessibility Report

October 1, 2020
AFB is immensely proud to release the report on the findings of the Flatten Inaccessibility Study. Almost two thousand people took part in the study, sharing how the coronavirus pandemic has affected them and highlighting how community decisions have in many cases erected barriers to independence and equal access for those who are blind or have low vision. This report is a tool not only for organizations to advocate nationally for dismantling barriers and creating opportunities, but it also is…

What We’re Reading: Accessible Voting in Virginia and Education News From Around the Country

September 3, 2020
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation several months ago, staying on top of the news can be a daunting task. One of AFB’s main goals is to keep people who are blind or who have low vision and their families up to date on the policy issues that affect us all. With this in mind, here are a few recent news stories we found particularly interesting. The Washington Post: Virginia agrees to make mail-in voting accessible to blind voters who sued September 1, 2020 Just as we’ve been…

Women's Equality Day

August 26, 2020
Women's Equality Day is celebrated on August 26 in the United States to commemorate the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. The amendment prohibits state and the federal governments from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was first celebrated in 1972, designated by Congress in 1973, and is proclaimed each year by the United States President. Below is an excerpt from Helen Keller's speech to delegates of the new…
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Dr. Penny Rosenblum Joins Blind Abilities Podcast to Discuss Recent Survey Results

August 17, 2020
AFB’s Director of Research Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum recently joined the Blind Abilities podcast to talk about the two recent surveys, Flatten Inaccessibility and Access and Engagement to Education. Dr. Rosenblum discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting educational services for children birth to 21 years of age and their families, how TVIs and O&M instructors are meeting students’ educational needs, and how adults who are blind or low vision were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Research, In the News