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The American Foundation for the Blind's blogs focus on broadening access to technology, employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, advocacy on behalf of Americans with vision loss, raising children with disabilities, and more.


AFB Blog

The American Foundation for the Blind is a national organization expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB experts can be found on Capitol Hill ensuring children have the educational materials they need to learn; in board rooms working with technology companies to ensure that their products are fully accessible; and at conferences ensuring professionals who work with people with vision loss have access to the latest research and information. Through our online resources and information center we communicate directly with people experiencing vision loss, and their families, to give them the resources they need to maintain an independent lifestyle. Follow AFB's blog to learn more about our activities.

  • Deepening My Understanding of Social Security, Advocacy, and Disability Rights
    by Hilary Travers on 10/18/2017

    I have always loved the idea of working in the policy and research field. As a former teacher of students with deafblindness, I figured out pretty quickly that while I could make a big difference for the students in my classroom, I had very little power to help the students in a school down the street, a school across the state, or a school across the country. I imagined working in the policy field was where I could make the most difference, where I could be a part of the systems change movement. But before I put all my eggs in the proverbial policy basket, I reasoned, I should probably do an internship and determine if this

  • Dispelling Misconceptions About Blindness at the 2017 San Diego Maker Faire
    by George Abbott on 10/13/2017

    Kirk Adams and I were pleased to participate in a variety of activities during the 2017 San Diego Maker Faire in Balboa Park, October 7 and 8. In conjunction with Dr. Melissa Ganus of Quality of Life Experiments, I participated in the Human Library on October 7 at the San Diego Museum of Man. Several individuals representing a variety of communities were brought together to serve as living books to be checked out. The concept was to provide a

  • Takeaways from "Medicare Should Pay for Low Vision Devices: Views Through Different Lenses" Teleseminar
    by AFB Staff on 10/6/2017

    On October 4, 2017 AFB and the 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss hosted a teleseminar, "Medicare Should Pay for Low Vision Devices: Views Through Different Lenses." We would like to thank all of the panelists (listed below) and participants who joined us for this informative discussion. A special thanks goes out to VFO who generously sponsored the event. Following are a few of the main takeaways from the call: Medicare must determine that low vision devices are eligible durable medical equipment


CareerConnect Blog

AFB CareerConnect® is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. The CareerConnect Blog focuses on employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as sharing stories from mentors and other blind people who have found career success.

  • Disability Mentoring Day 2017: Reasons Why Visually Impaired Job Seekers Benefit from Mentors
    by AFB Staff on 10/18/2017

    Each year, on the third Wednesday in October, we celebrate Disability Mentoring Day. A day to recognize and thank our AFB CareerConnect mentors who have dedicated their time and given their advice to encourage job seekers with vision loss. Mentors, you have provided us with guidance, support, and inspiration. You have made us realize that we too can find gainful employment by sharing your success stories. You've shared your first-hand experience in the workforce so that we can have a better understanding of

  • Meet John Carty: IBM Mainframe Programmer Who Is Visually Impaired
    by AFB Staff on 10/17/2017

    In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we are happy to share another story of an employee with vision loss who is succeeding in the workplace. Today, we are sharing John Carty's story. John is a computer programmer who has learned to adapt quickly in an ever-changing industry. Read how John has managed to stay on top of his field for 20 years by asking all of the right questions. Meet John Carty, Visually Impaired Computer Programmer My name is John Carty, and my career as a computer programmer began when I graduated from El Centro College Computer Programmer Training for

  • Employment and the Pursuit of Happiness As an Individual with Vision Loss
    by Steve Cardenas on 10/16/2017

    If you are an American, no doubt, you have heard the phrase life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For a large majority of Americans, I feel this is still a big part of our overarching aspirations. In many places around the globe, it is very likely people pursue those ideals too. But, perhaps called by different names. When disability enters the picture though, it is often accompanied by uncertainty and fear; the two exact emotions that haunted my mind following my graduation from


Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind


FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice

This blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. We talk about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources we've found, and much more. FamilyConnect also periodically invites experts in all different aspects of raising a visually impaired child to make themselves available to answer your questions.


Raising a Child Who Is Blind and...

I am the mother of three and my middle child, Eddie, is officially the "Special Needs Child." Here is my blog to share the joy and pain of having such a unique child.


Visually Impaired: Now What?

Formerly known as the "Peer Perspectives Blog," we have renamed the blog to reflect the purpose more accurately. The posts are written by our team of peer advisors, many of whom are professionals in the field who are blind or visually impaired. The blog features solutions for living with visual impairment resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. It includes posts about living independently, getting around, low vision, technology, cooking, and helpful products.