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Archival Innovators: Helen Selsdon, Archivist, American Foundation for the Blind
April 25, 2019
Archivist Helen Selsdon discusses her work coordinating a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to digitize the Helen Keller Archive and make the digital collection fully accessible to blind, deaf, hearing impaired, deafblind, sighted, and hearing audiences alike.
As baby boomers age, rates of vision loss are soaring. A 99-year-old Winnetka organization wants to help.
April 23, 2019
National Aging Initiative Specialist Neva Fairchild discusses the expected surge in older adults with vision loss, and the lack of support services that can allow them to maintain their independence.
New projects focus on equality for the blind
April 22, 2019
An overview of Huntington-area projects being performed by AFB. President and CEO Kirk Adams and AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief Lee Huffman are quoted.
Insight – Educating the Marketplace and More on Employing Persons with Vision Loss (podcast)
Progressive Radio Network
April 11, 2019
AFB President and CEO Kirk Adams discusses his work with AFB and how it’s changing perceptions and creating career opportunities for job seekers with vision loss, among other topics.
Expanding Possibilities For People With Vision Loss (podcast)
Ruh Global Communications
April 5, 2019
AFB President and CEO Kirk Adams reflects on the organization’s shift away from a medical model of serving people who are blind and vision impaired, and how their efforts fit into the larger conversation about inclusion in the workforce.
Washington Lt. Governor honored for work for people with disabilities
February 27, 2019
Regional (Seattle, WA) coverage of 2019 Helen Keller Achievement Award recipient Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib.
Commentary on companies getting sued over their websites not being fully accessible to people with visual impairments:
Domino's app, website must be accessible to the blind, court rules
January 17, 2019
High Tech Innovation for Low Vision
January 7, 2019
National Aging Initiative Specialist Neva Fairchild comments on several technological advancements intended to assist people who have difficulty seeing. “These kinds of things put the zest and joy back in life for people who think they’ve had to give up some things,” she said.
AFB Staff were on hand as special guests for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Rest Haven in Monroe, NY, the historic home for blind women founded by M.C. Migel. Coverage included:
Rest Haven Ribbon Cutting Celebrates History & Heart
Warwick Valley Dispatch
October 26, 2018
Oct. 13 Rest Haven program to highlight preservation and restoration efforts
The Photo News
October 11, 2018
Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems
August 21, 2018
Director of the Center on Vision Loss Megan Dodd comments on a series of lawsuits occurring in California concerning the lack of accessibility of companies' online job boards. Intentional bias likely isn’t behind the accessibility problems, but rather "a lack of awareness in most situations."
A memory that never faded
July 20, 2018
When Suzanne Coulombe was nine years old in 1960, she wrote Helen Keller a letter, to which Keller responded. Decades later, Coulombe rediscovered her correspondences as a volunteer transcriber for the Helen Keller Archive. This is her story.
Finding Low Vision Resources
AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief Lee Huffman believes "there’s a lot of education that needs to be done for traditional ophthalmologists and optometrists who serve the general population” about assistive technologies for people who are blind or have low vision.
Massive Helen Keller archive reveals little-known details about the advocate’s extraordinary life
July 1, 2018
An examination of the writings and life milestones of Helen Keller throughout her lifetime from childhood to advocate, thanks to the June 2018 launch of the Hellen Keller Archive. Archivist Helen Selsdon is quoted.
A New Massive Helen Keller Archive Gets Launched: Take a Digital Look at Her Photos, Letters, Speeches, Political Writings & More
June 22, 2018
A small sampling of the educational and historical treasures that can be found on the recently launched Helen Keller Archive.
Apps for travelers with disabilities that can help smooth the way
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2018
AccessWorld Information and Technology Specialist Aaron Preece suggests some helpful apps for blind travelers.
Visually impaired students at the New York Institute for Special Education celebrated the launch of the Helen Keller Archive with a pizza party and cake in honor of Keller's 138th birthday. Media coverage included:
Bronx students among first to access Helen Keller Archive
June 7, 2018
Bronx students celebrate launch of Helen Keller archive
News 12 The Bronx
June 5, 2018
Read the transcript here.
Everything you need to know about Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 17, 2018
In a rundown of the many ways to observe and celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Mashable included AFB's recent webinar, which covered topics including recent advances in the accessibility space, common characteristics of successful accessibility programs, an overview of Accessworld, and more.
Glossier Hit With a Lawsuit Alleging It Violates the Americans With Disabilities Act
May 16, 2018
AFB's Director of Public Policy Mark Richert is quoted, commenting on recent lawsuits over Americans with Disabilities Act compliance for online retailers.
The printed book is not going away anytime soon
April 16, 2018
In an examination into the so-called "death" of the printed book, the history of the audio book is included, making mention of AFB's Talking Book program from the 1930s.
Helen Keller’s Stunning Description of 'Hearing' Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
April 6, 2018
A writeup of the time in 1924 Helen Keller experienced Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by the New York Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
The Fears Stirred Up by Vision Loss
The New York Times
March 1, 2018
AFB President and CEO Kirk Adams' Letter to the Editor expressed optimism in response to the Feb. 25 op-ed "Am I Going Blind," pointing out that "losing your sight doesn’t have to mean giving up your independence, your job or your favorite activities."
Media and blog coverage of the Comcast-AFB survey results examining TV-watching habits of blind people included:
Study: Blind People Watch TV About as Much as Sighted People
Feb. 15, 2018
AFB board member and Comcast VP of Accessibility Tom Wlodkowski is quoted.
Smart TVs and apps can help the visually impaired, but fewer than half know about them
Feb. 15, 2018
AFB President and CEO Kirk Adams is quoted.
TV Habits Of Visually Impaired Users Detailed In New Survey
Feb. 18, 2018
The significance of Braille Literacy Month
Jan. 23, 2018
This student-run newspaper from Nova Southeastern University cites AFB-provided statistics on braille usage in the United States.
His 2-Year-Old Daughter Is Slowly Going Blind. So He Invented A Game To Help Her Learn Braille
Jan. 12, 2018
In a story about a father who created a new toy to help his daughter with Usher syndrome learn braille, AFB's Ike Presley is quoted.
AFB's announcement of the 2018 Helen Keller Achievement Awards received widespread coverage, including:
Microsoft expected to receive prestigious Helen Keller award for inclusion efforts
Jan. 10, 2018
Eye Control on Windows 10 helps Microsoft win the Helen Keller Achievement Award
Dec. 22, 2017
Microsoft wins the prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Award
Dec. 21, 2017
Facebook and Microsoft to receive Helen Keller Achievement Awards
Dec. 21, 2017
A New Way of Seeing Things
January 15, 2014
In light of January as Braille Literacy Month, this article offers up some tips on helping sighted children better understand the abilities (rather than the presumed disabilities) of their blind or visually impaired peers. AFB National Project Manager Ike Presley is quoted.
Views of the Blind
The New York Times
January 10, 2014
AFB President and CEO Carl Augusto responds to the earlier Opinion piece, "Why Do We Fear the Blind?"
By Tricking the Brain, Disney's Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind
October 11, 2013
New technologies are being developed and studied by Walt Disney Co. that are expected to incorporate 3D technology to touchscreens. This tactile addition would add new possibilities for users who are blind. AFB’s Paul Schroder is quoted.
Feel the planet under your feet, smell the aromas, hear what you've been missing
The Baltimore Sun
September 10, 2013
AFB CareerConnect Program Manager Joe Strechay was interviewed for a story on vacations that incorporate senses other than sight.
App unlocks iPhone's potential for the vision-impaired
The Charleston Gazette
July 20, 2013
Coverage that provides the backstory of the AccessNote, AFB's popular note-taking app for iOS devices intended for users who are blind or visually impaired. AFB Tech Director Darren Burton is quoted.
For blind campers, a first chance to swim and canoe
July 3, 2013
An in-depth examination of Camp Abilities, a sports camp for youth who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. The camp was founded by Lauren Lieberman, Access Award winner and co-author of AFB Press' Physical Education and Sports for People with Visual Impairments and Deafblindness: Foundations of Instruction. AFB CareerConnect Manager Joe Strechay is quoted.
The Vault, Slate's history blog, features a letter Helen Keller wrote to the German student body in May 1933, in which she condemns their book-burnings.
Lobbying registrations for April return to numbers not seen since 2011
The Washington Post
May 12, 2013
In an article chronicling lobbying trends in Washington, AFB Vice President of Programs and Policy Paul Schroeder is quoted, explaining the hiring of a firm to urge lawmakers to take action on making insulin pumps and glucose monitors more user-friendly for people with diabetes-related vision loss.
The First Audiobook: an LP for the Blind
April 25, 2013
A look back at AFB's creation of talking books.
Blind Mothers-To-Be Find Solution in 3D Printing
Tech Page One
April 2, 2013
Innovations in 3-D printing technology are allowing family members who are visually impaired to share in the joyous benchmarks of pregnancy via printed sonograms. AFB's National Independent Living Associate, Neva Fairchild, is quoted.
Service helps visually impaired enjoy television
Radio and Television Business Report
March 11, 2013
Coverage of AFB’s Described TV Listings, which makes it easy for television viewers with vision loss to find out which networks and programs offer video description—brief narration between spoken dialogue describing the action and events onscreen.
The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone
January 27, 2013
A critical look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which is meant to outlaw technologies that bypass copyright protections. This has had negative consequences that affect consumers and new innovations, as the DMCA leaves it up to the Librarian of Congress to issue exemptions that were recognized to be necessary given the broad language of the statute that swept a number of ordinary acts and technologies as potential DMCA violations. As a result, AFB has lobbied Congress to protect an exception for people who are blind allowing for books to be read aloud.
UES deaf to plan for blind crosswalk help
New York Post
January 8, 2013
Community reps in New York City's Upper East Side complain that plans to install audible crosswalk signals to help people with vision loss safely cross streets would violate the neighborhood's peace and quiet. AFB President and CEO Carl Augusto sets the record straight.
Braille on beauty products ... genius! Cleanlogic launches new line
October 15, 2012
Cleanlogic, an eco-friendly beauty product line that recently introduced products with brailled labels, held a launch event in which AFB President and CEO Carl Augusto addressed the crowd and spoke to the importance of braille.
Litton, NAB Team For Video Description PSA
October 10, 2012
Thanks to a partnership between Litton Entertainment and the National Association of Broadcasters, and in conjunction with Bridge Multimedia, the industry's first video description public service announcement is available on AFB's website.
A Heart-to-Heart on Blindness
Mikaela Smith, 13, first met Carl Augusto, AFB president and CEO, while in New York to be recognized for her winning essay at Lions Day with the United Nations. The two found they had a lot in common and, at the request of the LION, they later spoke about the challenges of blindness, Lions and attitudes about the blind. Here is the transcript.
Mobile Apps and Accessibility
Digital Innovation Gazette
As mobile apps become more and more prominent, the focus on accessibility becomes paramount. AFB's Crista Earl is quoted.
Blind and online: Progress, not perfection, for visually impaired tech users
September 11, 2012
AFB's Darren Burton describes some of the “design sins” website designers often commit by not taking audiences with visual impairments into consideration.
Resources to Help Seniors Living With Low Vision
The Huffington Post
August 27, 2012
Syndicated Columnist and SavvySenior.org Creator Jim T. Miller points to VisionAware, the new website from AFB and Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, when asked about resources for seniors losing their vision.
Treatment improves for age-related sight loss
The Chicago Tribune
March 7, 2012
Helpful resources are available for people recently diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration from The Chicago Lighthouse, including the new text "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind," published by AFB Press.
Blind, vision-impaired in Alabama wait months for mobility training because of teacher shortage
The Birmingham News
February 23, 2012
The shortage of orientation and mobility instructors is examined and dissected. AFB's Mark Richert is quoted.
Spread of Touch-Screen Technology Worries Advocates for Visually Impaired
January 27, 2012
The popularity of touch-screen services — and their lack of accessibility — is a growing problem for people with visual impairments.