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AFB Discontinuing Support for AccessWorld App

March 25, 2019
The American Foundation for the Blind is very pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its newly redesigned, Drupal 8 format website, which has been optimized for use on tablets and mobile phones. Due to the new, easier to navigate website, AFB will be discontinuing support for the AccessWorld app. We sincerely appreciate your downloading and using the app in past years, and we believe you will have an even smoother experience using the new web version. Please visit AccessWorld on AFB’s…
Author Lee Huffman
Blog Topics AccessWorld News

Here’s One Way the American Foundation for the Blind Is Giving Back This Holiday Season

December 10, 2018
AFB’s Huntington office has a holiday tradition dating back the last several years that allows us to better and more fully connect with our community. Every December, the staff throws a modest holiday party—either a catered lunch or a visit to a local restaurant. The party includes a gift exchange, where we previously all put our names into a hat and drew a colleague’s name, then that colleague receives the gift at the party. When you draw a person’s name, you think about what that person’s…

AFB Awards Scholarships to 11 Outstanding Students with Vision Loss

June 28, 2016
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has awarded its 2016 scholarships to eleven outstanding students who are blind or visually impaired and are pursuing their studies at institutions of higher education. The grants support one of AFB’s most important goals: expanding access to education for students with vision loss. The awardees are as follows: The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship: One scholarship of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student…
Author Lee Huffman
Blog Topics Education

Mark Your Calendar: M-Enabling Summit on Accessible Mobile Technology

May 8, 2013
G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs), an advocacy initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID), is presenting the 2nd edition of the global conference and showcase, M-Enabling Summit on Accessible Mobile Technology for Seniors and Users of All Abilities next month. Organized by G3ict and E.J. Krause and Associates, in cooperation with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Summit is the only program of its kind…

Blind and Visually Impaired Runners Hit the Pavement at the California International Marathon

November 12, 2012
Are you a runner with vision loss? Have you ever thought of running a marathon? If not, this may inspire you to dust off your running shoes. If you are a runner, this may inspire you to push yourself to the next level. In partnership with VSP® Vision Care, the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) will host the 4th Annual USABA Marathon National Championship, held in conjunction with the California International Marathon (CIM) on December 2, 2012 in Sacramento, CA. Since the…

Cinemark Announces Greater Movie Theater Accessibility

October 1, 2012
Last week, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., one of the world's largest motion picture exhibitors, announced it is providing an audio description option for people who are blind or have visual impairments in all of its first-run theaters. Cinemark is installing audio description systems on a rolling basis across its circuit in conjunction with the chain's conversion to an all-digital format. Installation is already underway, and all of Cinemark's theaters in California already have audio description…

How to Order Walmart Talking Prescription Containers

June 20, 2012
Following up on the recent press release from Walmart, please read below to learn how to order Talking Prescription Containers. On June 8, Walmart announced that it is now providing ScripTalk Talking Prescription Containers free of charge to people with vision loss as part of a pilot program. The ScripTalk Talking Prescription program is being offered to customers across the country through Walmart mail order, and also at three Walmart stores. To listen to the talking label provided by…

Survey Request: Travel Website Accessibility

March 29, 2012
Spring is in the air, and it is time to start thinking about upcoming vacation plans. Whether you will be traveling by plane, train, boat, or bus, there's a strong likelihood you'll be using travel websites and services to plan your trip. Online travel services, including travel aggregators such as Travelocity and Kayak, as well as hotel, airline, train, bus and ship websites, offer customers the convenience of comparison shopping, purchasing, and managing their travel from the convenience…
Author Lee Huffman
Blog Topics Web Accessibility

Scholarship Alert: The Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship

March 26, 2012
If you are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Assistive Technology, I encourage you to check out the Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship offered by the National Industries for the Blind. As the deadline is drawing near, please read the information below and follow the links for further information. The Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship Application is due May 5, 2012 National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship is…
Author Lee Huffman
Blog Topics Education

Heading to CSUN? Attend the Accessibility Forum!

February 16, 2012
If you are attending the CSUN conference this year, I encourage you to attend the Accessibility Forum. "Taking Accessibility Mainstream—Making the Case for an International Society of Accessibility Professionals" is a full-day event being held Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. — 4:45 p.m. This event will be at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA in the Edward Room on the 2nd floor. The event is being hosted by the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA)—the technical…
Author Lee Huffman
Blog Topics Assistive Technology