WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 2, 2020)—After the successful completion of a research and study phase, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has chosen to step away from its role as a Central Nonprofit Agency in the AbilityOne Program, with plans to focus its resources and efforts on research activities and other impactful initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As a nonprofit organization supported by donors, grantmakers, and funders, AFB is committed to stewarding the resources so generously given to improve the lives of blind individuals. As we step away from our self-funded activities in the AbilityOne Program, we are investing in:

Research & Policy—Research enables AFB to influence policy and practice. Projects such as the Flatten Inaccessibility and Access and Engagement studies examined the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of blind and visually impaired adults and children, and will be used to inform legislators and decision makers as we address the continued effects of the pandemic. AFB also stewards the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness and publishes AccessWorld, AFB’s monthly online magazine covering technology for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Programs such as the Blind Leaders Development Program, which are equipping emerging blind leaders with the tools and confidence to tackle greater levels of leadership and responsibility.

Initiatives such as AFB Consulting, which empowers jobseekers and customers of all abilities, by working with organizations to create accessible electronic tools, content, and employment opportunities. AFB’s Helen Keller Digitization Project is expanding awareness of the life and impact of Helen Keller through accessible online content and lesson plans.

In 2021, AFB celebrates its 100-year anniversary. For ten decades, AFB has been making a positive difference in the lives of individuals who are blind or have low vision. We look forward to continuing to create a future of no limits and remain fully committed to expanding competitive, integrated employment outcomes for individuals with vision loss by continuing our work as a data-driven and research-oriented organization that fosters collaboration and partnerships to champion impactful policies and practices.

For additional information, contact:
Megan Aragon, Chief Program Officer

For media questions, contact:
John Mackin, Public Relations Manager

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About the American Foundation for the Blind
Founded in 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that creates a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. AFB mobilizes leaders, advances understanding, and champions impactful policies and practices using research and data. AFB is proud to steward the Helen Keller Archive, maintain and expand the digital collection, and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. Visit: www.afb.org