Making Helen Keller's Legacy Even More Accessible

October 10, 2019
Helen Selsdon speaking at the event celebrating AFB's archival collections moving to APH museum
Helen Selsdon, AFB archivist, speaking at the announcement event
Yesterday, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) was proud to announce that we will be partnering with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to expand public access to the Helen Keller Archival Collection and the archives of AFB. AFB is loaning its historic collections to the APH Museum, making Louisville, Kentucky, an important center for the study of the history of blindness and disabilities in the United States. Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the…
Author Helen Selsdon
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AFB Consulting Applauds Supreme Court Accessibility Decision

October 9, 2019
This week, the Supreme Court decided not to hear the Domino's Pizza case, which means that the Ninth Circuit court ruling stands: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to online spaces. The Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling mirrors a Department of Justice opinion expressed in a letter to Congress last year, that "this interpretation is consistent with the ADA's title III requirement that the goods, services, privileges, or activities provided by places of public accommodation be equally…
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AFB Is Working to Strengthen Paratransit Services

October 7, 2019
Stacy Cervenka, Director Public Policy. In the background the US Capitol Building can be seen
Stacy Cervenka, AFB's Director of Public Policy
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Throughout this month, corporations and other organizations renew and refocus their commitments to addressing the barriers that face Americans with disabilities in the workforce. The American Foundation for the Blind hopes to address a significant barrier to employment for people with vision loss by increasing our focus on transportation, which remains one of the most trenchant barriers blind people face when seeking and…
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AFB’s George Abbott Hosts Employment-Focused Webinar

October 1, 2019
George Abott, wearing a suit, against a gray background.
George Abbott
On September 24, and in light of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, George Abbott, AFB’s Chief Knowledge Advancement Officer, hosted a webinar sponsored by Getting Hired, a recruitment solution dedicated to helping inclusive employers hire professional individuals and veterans with disabilities. The webinar was titled “Hiring & Retaining Talent with Visual Impairments.” George’s presentation included advice and best practices on hiring and retaining people with…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Employment

Radio Show Illustrates the Misconceptions Blind Job-Seekers Still Face

September 18, 2019
Young mom with glasses feeds her baby with milk in a bottle. Feeding baby.
During a recent broadcast of a nationally syndicated radio show, the hosts and listeners of the program took aim at a babysitter who called in and said she was unable to obtain work due to her blindness. Like many in the field of blindness and low vision, we were appalled and disheartened to hear of the public's misconception regarding the abilities of a person with a visual impairment to perform babysitting duties. Despite having the same hopes, dreams, and talents as everyone else, people…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Employment

Talking Disability Inclusion

September 9, 2019
Maria Town, AAPD, Fred Schroeder, NFB and WBU, Tyrone Giordano, CSD, Kelly Buckland, NCIL, Andy Imparato, AUCD, Amir Rahimi, AFB, Crosby Cromwell, Flexability, Caroline Casey from Valuable 500, Hamza Wazeery, a Mandela Fellow at NCIL, Debra Ruh from Ruh Global, Teresa Danso-Danquah from Disability:IN, Melody Goodspeed from AFB
Back row, L-R: Andy Imparato, AUCD; Crosby Cromwell, Flexability; Caroline Casey from Valuable 500; Teresa Danso-Danquah from Disability:IN. Middle row, L-R: Fred Schroeder, NFB and WBU, Tyrone Giordano, CSD; Amir Rahimi, AFB; Debra Ruh from Ruh Global; and Melody Goodspeed from AFB Front row, L-R: Maria Town, AAPD; Kelly Buckland, NCIL; Hamza Wazeery, a Mandela Fellow at NCIL.
A big thank you to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) for hosting a wonderful event with Caroline Casey on August 30! Caroline is a disability advocate from Ireland who has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow, and a past advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. Her latest campaign, the Valuable 500, is pushing global businesses to take disability inclusion more seriously. Caroline is currently working…
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Congratulations to AFB President and CEO Kirk Adams on Completing His Doctorate

August 15, 2019
Kirk Adams, standing with his cane, wearing academic cap and gown.
Kirk Adams, standing with his cane, wearing academic cap and gown.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is delighted to announce that our President and CEO, Kirk Adams, was awarded his doctorate in Leadership and Change from Antioch University on August 3. Antioch’s PhD in Leadership and Change program is “dedicated to engaging working professionals in the interdisciplinary study, research and practice of leading positive change in workplaces, schools, organizations, and communities, across the country and world.” Kirk’s dissertation was titled “…

Fabulous New Objects in the Helen Keller Archive

August 13, 2019
Copper vase inlaid with silver carp and cherry blossoms, gift from the City of Hiroshima. November 13, 1947
Copper vase inlaid with silver carp and cherry blossoms, gift from the City of Hiroshima. November 13, 1947
Over 180 totally gorgeous items can be seen for the very first time! Captured in over 1,200 fully accessible digital images, these 2D and 3D items in the Helen Keller Archive provide an alternative lens with which to view Helen Keller’s extraordinary life. Beautiful artifacts, oversize documents, and photograph albums are now there for all to see. The items include treasures like... Keller’s 1904 Bachelor of Arts Degree Certificate from Radcliffe College—Keller was the first deafblind…

Finding My Family in the Helen Keller Archive

August 6, 2019
Newspaper clipping of Joseph Edgar Chamberlin, sitting relaxed under a tree. A young girl sits at his feet.
Newspaper clipping of Joseph Edgar Chamberlin, sitting relaxed under a tree. A young girl sits at his feet.
by Elizabeth Emerson Thanks in large part to the Helen Keller Archive at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), I have been fortunate to be able to come to know—almost 100 years later—my great-great grandfather, Joseph Edgar (Ed) Chamberlin, his wife Ida, their children, and their life. Beginning with the first letter that I found in the Helen Keller Archive from Ed Chamberlin to Anne Sullivan, dated March 22, 1892 1, and ending with Helen Keller’s last letter to Ed’s widow…
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AFB Applauds Reintroduction of the Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act

July 26, 2019
americans with disability act on table with pen
As we celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the ADA, AFB is pleased that Representatives Jim Langevin and Donald McEachin and Senator Tammy Duckworth have led the reintroduction of the Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act. The bill increases the amount of the Disabled Access Credit, which helps businesses afford renovations to become more accessible to people with disabilities, expands the number of eligible businesses, and invests in programs that mediate ADA-related disputes and help individuals…
Author Sarah Malaier
Blog Topics ADA, advocacy