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Meet Kirk Adams, the New President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

AFBs Communications team sat down with Kirk to ask him a few questions about his new role, his vision for the future, and his hobbies. Heres what he had to say. Tell us about your new role at AFB. What are you looking forward to? I am honored to be the American Foundation for the Blinds (AFB) new president and CEO. Ive long admired AFBs commitment to making the world a more equitable, inclusive place for people with vision loss. So Im excited to build upon AFBs impressive history and to work with the staff, board, and leadership in the field and individuals in the community to find ways to achieve our

Happy 150th Anniversary Anne Sullivan Macy!

Dear Annie, Happy birthday! Today, we celebrate your legacy and excellence as an educator. You insisted that your student, Helen Keller, could learn and accomplish just as much as any seeing and hearing child could and you were right. You were a tough teacher when Helen misspelled a word in an essay or letter, you made her rewrite the entire text but you also had a finely tuned insight into a child’s psychology. You instantly recognized that Helen was a very bright child who just needed the tools to communicate with the world around her. You were critical of the conventional teaching methods of your day.

AFBLC 2016 Has a Valentine's Day Treat for You!

As our special Valentine to you, we’re giving you an extension on the Early Bird Rate! Now you can register for the 2016 AFB Leadership Conference at the lower rate until February 16—but after that, rates are going up, so don’t delay! If your agency is sending three or more people, please contact Scott Truax about a group registration discount. Also note that hotel rooms at the group rate are going

Diving for Data: Finding the Numbers We Need in a Sea of Statistics

Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More! As we begin 2015, the AFB Policy Center has jumped feet-first into the wide (and deep!) world of demographics and data. Hopefully you saw the latest edition of the Research Navigator, “Just how many blind folks are there anyway?,” where we tackled seemingly simple (but actually very complicated) questions about population and demographic statistics for adults

The Joy of Voting Independently as a Blind or Visually Impaired Citizen

Man voting with an accessible voting machine Yesterday was Election Day, the day that we all head to the polls to cast our ballot for our chosen candidates for the many races impacting our lives. By all, I mean a decent amount of the population, especially during a non-presidential voting year. I can't tell you the pride and joy that I get out of being able to vote. It is not even just voting; it is that I was able to go to my polling location and ask to use the accessible polling option. Then, crazy thing, I was able to access the ballot and vote without the assistance of another individual. What a conceptto want to