Survey: Access and Engagement to Education for Students with Visual Impairments

April 21, 2020
(Leer en español) We hope you will participate in a survey to help us better understand the challenges and successes students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities and deafblindness, are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear from all families, all teachers of students with visual impairments, and all Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instructors in the United States and Canada. We want to hear from families and professionals whose children…

A Window into Anne Sullivan Macy in Light of Her Birthday

April 14, 2020
This head and shoulders photographic portrait of Anne Sullivan Macy shows her in profile, circa 1920. Anne's thick, glossy hair is short and waved. She is wearing a dark, embroidered V-neck garment with a light-colored blouse or collar underneath. The collar appears to be fastened with a decorative pin. She has a strand of pearls around her neck.
Side-view portrait of Anne Sullivan Macy, circa 1920
Happy 154th Birthday, Anne Sullivan Macy! In light of this special occasion, we took a field trip deep into the digital Helen Keller Archive to unearth a lesser-known story of Helen's brilliant teacher... In the Fall of 1916, Anne Sullivan Macy, then 50, became ill with pleurisy. By the end of that year, Macy was recuperating in Puerto Rico, and Helen remained in her hometown of Tuscumbia, Alabama. This separation resulted in a correspondence between the two women. Relatively few letters…
Author Helen Selsdon
Blog Topics Helen Keller

How TVIs and O&M Instructors are Handling the Challenges of Distance Learning, Part 2

April 9, 2020
As AFB continues its work to protect the rights of blind and low vision students during the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and orientation and mobility (O&M) instructors to share their experiences, from what has worked for them to where their concerns lie in the education of our students with visual impairments. The following stories are being shared with the participants’ permission. The is the second of two posts; read the first here.…

How TVIs and O&M Instructors are Handling the Challenges of Distance Learning, Part 1

April 9, 2020
As AFB continues its work to protect the rights of blind and low vision students during the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and orientation and mobility (O&M) instructors to share their experiences, from what has worked for them to where their concerns lie in the education of their students with visual impairments. The following stories are being shared with the participants’ permission. This is the first of two posts; read the second post…

Tips for Accessing Online Worship During COVID-19

April 6, 2020
By Jamie Pauls, AccessWorld Author For many of us, attending regular religious services is an important part of our lives. Some of us have family or friends who take us to and from church, while others either walk, use public transportation, or avail themselves of transportation provided by their faith community. Some churches, mosques, or synagogues have access to a lot of resources and provide alternative online worship experiences for those who are, for whatever reason, unable to physically…

Survey: Flattening the Inaccessibility Curve

April 3, 2020
Editorial note: This survey closed on April 13, 2020. Please visit afb.org/FlattenInaccessibility for more information about the research findings. Participate in a study investigating experiences of adults who are blind or have low vision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the lives of adults with visual impairments and to identify solutions for these challenges. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences in the…

Apple Releases COVID-19 App and Website

April 2, 2020
By Janet Ingber, AccessWorld Author If you are searching for accurate and accessible information about coronavirus (COVID-19), one option is to use Apple’s new COVID-19 app and website. These were created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The app and website contain the same information. The app is free and requires iOS 13.1 or later. At the top of the first screen in the app…

Seven Blind Women You Should Know About for Women's History Month

March 27, 2020
March is Women’s History Month, typically a time to encourage the celebration and study of the vital role of women in American history. But this year, parents and teachers around the world are confronting uniquely challenging circumstances, as schools face unprecedented closures to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At AFB, we have pulled together some accessible online resources that honor 7 blind women whose lives span from 1829 to 1985, and whose histories are largely forgotten. We…

Accessible Fitness Tools

March 26, 2020
Senior woman watching online workout tutorials on smartphone and exercising at home.
Steve Kelley, AccessWorld Author On the one hand, we want to stay healthy, and adhere to the suggestions that we limit our exposure to groups of people, and maintain a social distance, in the new world of coronavirus. But with gyms closing down to comply with stay-at-home orders, staying healthy might be looking a little more challenging. What are the options, short of retrofitting our homes with gym equipment? Audio-described fitness routines might be the answer! The Hadley discussion group…

Have it Delivered! Accessible Grocery and Food Delivery During Coronavirus Quarantine

March 25, 2020
Smartphone in the foreground with a generic food delivery app on the screen. In the background is a shopping basket of food.
By Bill Holton, AccessWorld Author You’re following advice and staying home. But you still need food, medicines, and other essentials. It’s time to start thinking about delivery. And of course, when it comes to delivery, most people start with Amazon.com. If you haven't subscribed to Amazon Prime, now might be a good time to get started. Most readily available items are delivered in two business days. Some items are delivered in one business day and, in larger cities, there's even a…