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Blog Posts by Lee Huffman

Here’s One Way the American Foundation for the Blind Is Giving Back This Holiday Season

AFB’s Huntington office has a holiday tradition dating back the last several years that allows us to better and more fully connect with our community. Every December, the staff throws a modest holiday partyeither a catered lunch or a visit to a local restaurant. The party includes a gift exchange, where we previously all put our names into a hat and drew a colleague’s name, then that colleague receives the gift at the party. When you draw a person’s name, you think about what that person’s job is, or what they enjoy doing. Then you buy a gift that fits this description as though the recipient were a child. For example, a couple years ago someone drew a colleague who was into horses and horseback riding, so the colleague bought a My Little Pony toy as the recipient’s


AFB Awards Scholarships to 11 Outstanding Students with Vision Loss

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has awarded its 2016 scholarships to eleven outstanding students who are blind or visually impaired and are pursuing their studies at institutions of higher education. The grants support one of AFB’s most important goals: expanding access to education for students with vision loss. The awardees are as follows: The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship: One scholarship of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired. Kayla


Mark Your Calendar: M-Enabling Summit on Accessible Mobile Technology

G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs), an advocacy initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID), is presenting the 2nd edition of the global conference and showcase, M-Enabling Summit on Accessible Mobile Technology for Seniors and Users of All Abilities next month. Organized by G3ict and E.J. Krause and Associates, in cooperation with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Summit is the only program of its kind focusing exclusively on mobile accessible services and assistive technology solutions


Blind and Visually Impaired Runners Hit the Pavement at the California International Marathon

Are you a runner with vision loss? Have you ever thought of running a marathon? If not, this may inspire you to dust off your running shoes. If you are a runner, this may inspire you to push yourself to the next level. In partnership with VSP(r) Vision Care, the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) will host the 4th Annual USABA Marathon National Championship, held in conjunction with the California International


Cinemark Announces Greater Movie Theater Accessibility

Last week, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., one of the world's largest motion picture exhibitors, announced it is providing an audio description option for people who are blind or have visual impairments in all of its first-run theaters. Cinemark is installing audio description systems on a rolling basis across its circuit in conjunction with the chain's conversion to an all-digital format. Installation is already underway, and all of Cinemark's theaters in California already have audio description capability. Cinemark will be able to offer audio description at all of its first-run theaters by


How to Order Walmart Talking Prescription Containers

Following up on the recent press release from Walmart, please read below to learn how to order Talking Prescription Containers. On June 8, Walmart announced that it is now providing ScripTalk Talking Prescription Containers free of charge to people with vision loss as part of a pilot program. The ScripTalk Talking Prescription program is being offered to customers across the country through Walmart mail order, and also at three Walmart stores. To listen to the talking label provided by Walmart, you will need to first get a reading device from En-Vision


Survey Request: Travel Website Accessibility

Spring is in the air, and it is time to start thinking about upcoming vacation plans. Whether you will be traveling by plane, train, boat, or bus, there's a strong likelihood you'll be using travel websites and services to plan your trip. Online travel services, including travel aggregators such as Travelocity and Kayak, as well as hotel, airline, train, bus and ship websites, offer customers the convenience of comparison shopping, purchasing, and managing their travel from the convenience of their computer or mobile device. Have you had any difficulties accessing these types of online services? Or have


Scholarship Alert: The Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Assistive Technology, I encourage you to check out the Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship offered by the National Industries for the Blind. As the deadline is drawing near, please read the information below and follow the links for further information. The Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship Application is due May 5, 2012 National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship is seeking applicants for the Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship, a $2,500


Heading to CSUN? Attend the Accessibility Forum!

If you are attending the CSUN conference this year, I encourage you to attend the Accessibility Forum. "Taking Accessibility MainstreamMaking the Case for an International Society of Accessibility Professionals" is a full-day event being held Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. 4:45 p.m. This event will be at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA in the Edward Room on the 2nd floor. The event is being hosted by the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA)the technical and engineering division of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and is intended to bring focus to


February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Low vision is a term commonly used to mean partial sight, or sight that isn't fully correctable with surgery, medications, contact lenses, or glasses. In the United States, the foremost common causes of low vision are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy; although, people can also be born with conditions such as albinism or optic nerve damage which can result in low vision. Magnification devices, electronic devices, computer-access software, as well as other assistive and mainstream technologies are used to help people maximize their remaining vision or learn alternate ways to do things, such as using their