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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

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 “…

Is Your Campaign Accessible?

June 28, 2019
The ability for all Americans to participate in the voting process is vital to ensuring our collective voices across the U.S. are heard. If candidates don't offer accessible websites or platforms for people with disabilities to participate, they nix our right to engage in decisions that impact us. Remember that there are many different types of disabilities and many different types of assistive technologies to help these users. Here are some basic guidelines that will help ensure your campaign…

Emma Goldman on Helen Keller: "A Big, Brave American Woman"

June 14, 2019
Letter from Emma Goldman to Helen Keller from prison about the political climate and home and in Russia.
Letter from Emma Goldman to Helen Keller from prison about the political climate and home and in Russia.
On June 15, 1917, the US Congress passed the Espionage Act, and that same day anarchists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman were arrested and sent to prison. The following year, Goldman wrote to Helen Keller from prison. Her penciled letter begins as if she were writing to Helen Keller from her home: “Beloved Comrade I am terribly sorry I did not get the chance to see you again. I wanted so much to know you more intimately and have you know me.” Emma thanks Helen for her support during her…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Helen Keller Archives

AFB Staff Find Special Treasures in the Helen Keller Archive

June 4, 2019
Last week, we asked you to join us in exploring the Helen Keller Archive and sharing the treasures you found during your online journey. Thanks to all of you who participated in the event! Of course, AFB staff was excited to dig into the digital archive and show a few of the fascinating artifacts their searches uncovered. We hope you enjoy these letters, gifts, and photographs from the fascinating life of Helen Keller. Elizabeth: I love this photo of Helen Keller sitting and reading braille…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Helen Keller Archives

Today Is the Day to Be a Digital Archivist!

May 29, 2019
Helen Keller and Polly Thomson, seated outside on the grass with German Shepherd dog nearby, circa 1955
Helen Keller and Polly Thomson, seated outside on the grass with German Shepherd dog nearby, circa 1955
Please visit the Helen Keller Archive today between 12:00 and 12:30pm U.S. Eastern time. Our goal is to have a large number of visitors test the site’s ability to handle heavy traffic. So we need as many of you out there as possible to take a few minutes and enjoy the treasure trove that is the Helen Keller digital archive! Learn something new! Check out her correspondence with Mark Twain and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Or read a letter she wrote to her good friend Nella Braddy Henney, describing…

Be a Digital Archivist for a Day!

May 21, 2019
Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Polly Thomson at a banquet before Helen and Polly's trip to the Far East. Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC, 1955
Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Polly Thomson
On Wednesday May 29 at 12pm U.S. Eastern, we encourage you to explore all of the great things the archive has to offer, and help to test how well the archive handles heavy traffic. There are thousands of letters, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more just waiting to be discovered in the Helen Keller Archive. Here’s how you can help: Please visit the Helen Keller Facebook page for more information about this event (and give it a follow if you haven’t already!). Always been a fan of Eleanor…

A Look Back at AFB’s Long History in Assistive Technology: Talking Books

May 15, 2019
Image Description: In the shipping department at the Library for the Blind, New York Public Library, Talking Book records are being mailed in their containers. In the foreground, a man pushes two trolleys full of Talking Book records. In the background a man stands on a ladder in front of one of the many large metal shelves housing the containers. Partnerships are powerful! Since its inception in 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind has worked with blindness organizations, government…
Author AFB Staff

Helen Keller Archive Featured on "Archival Innovators" Blog

April 26, 2019
Archival Innovators, a new blog series hosted by the Society of American Archivists, aims to raise awareness of "the individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of the archivist in society." This week features an interview with Helen Selsdon, highlighting her work coordinating a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to digitize AFB’s Helen Keller Archive and make…