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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…
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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…

Introducing the New-Look

April 2, 2019
After many months of hard work, AFB has raised the curtains on its redesigned website, The new site maintains our proud history of accessibility, while making it even easier to find the wealth of information that users expect, especially on mobile devices. It also reflects the organization’s new strategic direction and priorities, emphasizing aging, education, and employment. AFB has been a pioneer in developing accessible websites, long before it was common practice, dating back…

Education Track Offerings at AFBLC19

February 5, 2019
Education track sessions emphasize collaboration, research, and personnel preparation. Orientation and mobility readiness standards, preparing teachers to work with children who have neurological visual impairments, funding university programs, and encouraging research are just some of the topics addressed. Register for the AFB Leadership Conference Thursday, February 28 10:15 AM ED13: Orientation and Mobility Career, College, and Community Readiness Standards 11:30 AM ED23: Using…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Conference Recaps

Celebrate Our 2019 Award Winners!

January 31, 2019
Join us as we celebrate this year's award recipients at AFB Leadership Conference. Migel Medal Awards The Migel Medal is the highest honor in the blindness field. The 2019 Migel Medal recipients are Glinda Foster Hill and Dr. Elton Moore. Glinda Foster Hill is an Education Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Division of Research to Practice. At the OSEP, Glinda is responsible for the development and management of programs…
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AFBLC19 Early Bird Rates End This Week

January 28, 2019
Don't miss out: The early bird rate for conference registrations ends this Friday, so register today! We are also running low on hotel rooms at the group rate, so please book soon. Our group rate for hotel rooms expires on February 4. 2019 AFB Leadership Conference Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA February 28-March 1 Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program Managers Meeting - February 27 (Open to all conference attendees, but seating is limited) Early-bird rate until February 1: $…
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2019 AFB Leadership Conference (#AFBLC19): Aging and Vision Loss Highlights

January 15, 2019
*Special Note: Have you booked your hotel room yet? Rooms are going fast! Our room block expires on February 4 or whenever rooms sell out, so book soon to avoid disappointment: online reservations or call 888-236-2427 and reference our conference to get the group rate. Experts predict that by 2030, rates of vision loss will double along with the United States' aging population. Join us for the Aging and Vision Loss track to learn more about the unique needs and issues facing the older…
Author AFB Staff
Blog Topics Web Accessibility

Leadership Track Highlights from the 2019 AFBLC Program

January 7, 2019
Thanks to generous support from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the 2019 AFBLC Leadership Track will provide attendees with fresh perspectives and the opportunity to learn new tactics for successful leadership from top speakers. The full program is now available online. Thursday LS15: Network Leadership by Jane Wei-Skillern, Senior Fellow, Center for Social Sector Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. This session introduces a set of four counterintuitive…

AFB’s Holiday Wish List for Older Americans

December 12, 2018
As we close out 2018 and prepare for 2019, AFB would like to share our hopes and dreams for older people in this country: complete and timely access to vision rehabilitation services, including low vision, rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and employment for older people who have vision loss; and a fundamental change in the public understanding and acceptance of low vision and blindness that promotes equal access to high quality, fully productive, and independent lives and overcomes…
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Blog Topics Public Policy

Department of Justice Confirms ADA Applies to Online Accommodations

October 1, 2018
At the American Foundation for the Blind, we were heartened to read that the Department of Justice confirmed clearly and unequivocally, in a September 26 letter to congressional representatives, that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to online accommodations. "The Department first articulated its interpretation that the ADA applies to public accommodations' websites over 20 years ago. This interpretation is consistent with the ADA's title III requirement that the goods, services…