The Helen Keller Achievement Awards were established by AFB in 1994 to acknowledge Keller's extraordinary efforts and to promote the notable achievements of individuals and organizations that are leaders in improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Past awardees include leaders from business such as Amazon, Apple, Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Northrop Grumman, as well as giants from the performing arts including Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Patty Duke.