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Neva Fairchild and Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum Discuss Life During the Pandemic in Well+Good Article

August 16, 2021
On August 10, Well+Good, a media company dedicated to health and wellness, published a story titled, “Quarantine Conditions Have Uniquely Impacted People with Visual Impairments – Here’s How.” The story features extensive interviews with AFB Director of Research Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum and National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist Neva Fairchild, drawing upon research from the Flatten Inaccessibility survey results and their own personal experiences to illustrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has…
Author John Mackin
Blog Topics In the News

Rounding up a Busy Week at AFB

July 14, 2021
It is a packed and productive week for the American Foundation for the Blind. We are pleased to announce the launch of the new research study, The Journey Forward: Impact of COVID-19 on Blind, Low Vision, and Deafblind U.S. Adults. We also have several AFB staff experts sitting on interesting and informative panel discussions, and we are now accepting applications for the next cohort of the Blind Leaders Development Program – for both fellows and mentors, to name just a few of the many goings…
Author John Mackin
Blog Topics Research, Public Policy

Building the Next Generation of Blind Leaders: A Blind Leaders Development Program Roundup

July 2, 2021
Since launching the Blind Leaders Development Program in 2020, we at the American Foundation for the Blind are pleased to have made great strides forward despite the unprecedented challenges of the last year and a half. The inaugural cohort not only successfully navigated the launch of a fledgling program, but did so during the tumultuous period of lockdowns and restrictions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a testament to the professional drive and commitment of these…

Introducing ‘Our History’: AFB’s New Historical Timeline

May 6, 2021
As part of the American Foundation for the Blind’s (AFB) year-long centennial celebration, we recently published Our History, a robust new timeline outlining AFB’s past. Lesser-known milestones in advocacy, education, and technological innovation are all chronicled, from the creation of Talking Books in the 1930s, to the first international conference on AIDS-related vision loss in the 1990s, to our most recent work to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults and students who are…
Author John Mackin
Blog Topics Helen Keller, Reading

Blind Wikipedia Editor Dr. Skylar Covich on Wikipedia’s 20th Anniversary

January 14, 2021
Most of us are probably familiar with Wikipedia, the free Internet Encyclopedia that anyone can edit. For Dr. Skylar Covich, his journey with Wikipedia stretches back to 2003, almost as long as the site has been in existence. In light of Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary on January 15th, Skylar recently reflected upon his journey with this vast knowledge-based resource, and suggested where he would like to see it go. Skylar was born totally blind, with Leber's congenital amaurosis -- a group of…

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum Discusses Access and Engagement Report in EdSurge Story

December 22, 2020
On December 18, EdSurge, an educational technology company that publishes newsletters and operates databases used by venture capitalists, teachers, and school administrators, published a story titled “COVID-19 Is Costing Visually Impaired Students Time That Can’t Be Made Up.” The story features interviews with AFB Director of Research Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum as well as parents of K-12 students who are experiencing the challenges that come with remote instruction during the pandemic, especially…
Author John Mackin

In Case You Missed It: AFB Staff in the News, Discussing Education, Technology, and Employment

December 3, 2020
Lost in last week’s Thanksgiving holiday shuffle were some noteworthy media appearances and mentions of AFB Consulting and AFB Staff experts. To recap: Director of Research Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum authored an op-ed for Education Dive, a site that provides in-depth journalism and insight into the most impactful news and trends shaping K-12 education. “How COVID-19 is affecting students with visual impairments and their educators” provides Dr. Rosenblum’s insights on the Access and Engagement…

Megan Aragon, AFB Consulting Highlighted in CNET’s ‘Tech for a Better World’ Series

November 25, 2020
On November 24, CNET, a global outlet that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics, ran a story titled “How blind engineers are fixing the online job hunt.” The story largely features an interview with Chief Program Officer Megan Aragon as well as the work and mission of AFB Consulting. Finding meaningful employment during the pandemic can be particularly difficult, and is exacerbated further for jobseekers with disabilities. For…

What We're Reading: Voting

November 2, 2020
The 2020 elections are upon us and, unsurprisingly, the act of voting is dominating the headlines. With that in mind, here's a brief roundup of stories that caught our attention, with an emphasis on the voting experience for people with disabilities. Florida Officials Aim To Make Voting Easier For People With Disabilities—NPR, November 2, 2020 Several Florida counties are trying out a new system to help voters with disabilities have more privacy when they cast their ballots. What Does…

Congratulations Neva Fairchild, AER’s New President

July 30, 2020
On August 1, AFB’s National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist Neva Fairchild becomes the new president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) after having served on its board of directors since 2018. Neva takes over for Emily Coleman, Superintendent at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. AER is a professional membership organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss, with…
Author John Mackin
Blog Topics Leadership