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Public Policy and Research Institute strives to accurately and persuasively understand and describe the characteristics, experiences, needs, and capabilities of people who are blind or have low vision

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Current Research Projects

Barriers to Digital Inclusion

In 2023, there is a website or app for just about any task, and these digital platforms offer convenience, cost savings, and efficiency. Yet, digital platforms have not been designed for everyone. Researchers at AFB conducted the Barriers to Digital Inclusion Survey (BDIS) to learn about the prevalence and impacts of digital inclusion barriers faced by individuals who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind.

Workplace Technology Study

In January 2022, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the release of the Workplace Technology Study, a new report examining how technology in the workplace influences the experiences of workers who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind.

Access and Engagement to Education Studies

These collaborative studies, conducted from 2020 to 2022, investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of children and youth with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities and deafblindness.

Our Work and Resources


The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is the international peer-reviewed journal of record in the field, delivering current research and best practice information, commentary from authoritative experts on critical topics, and more.

Key Statistics

  • How many adult Americans have trouble seeing?
  • How many seniors in the U.S. experience vision loss?
  • How many children in the U.S. are blind or visually impaired?

Understanding Transportation Options

Transportation can be a major barrier to participation in the community. In our efforts to improve options for people who are blind, AFB has conducted research and written white papers on various aspect of the transportation experience.

Meet the Team

Stephanie Enyart

Stephanie Enyart has 20 years’ experience advocating for people with disabilities. She provides strategic leadership for the policy and research functions across the key focus areas of education, employment, aging, and the intersectional issues of technology and transportation.

Dr. Arielle Silverman

Dr. Arielle Silverman became Director of Research at AFB in April 2022, after serving as an independent contractor and then a research specialist. She manages the formulation and implementation of AFB’s research to inform AFB’s public policy agenda and direct research projects related to AFB’s mission and strategy.

Dr. Carlie Rhoads

Dr. Carlie Rhoads, serves as AFB's Program Metrics and Evaluation Specialist, after initially joining the organization as a research specialist. She is responsible for providing specialized knowledge and expertise in the development, selection, and implementation of metrics and methodologies to measure the impact of AFB and client programs, policies, and initiatives.

Dr. Sarahelizabeth J. Baguhn

Sarahelizabeth Baguhn, Ph.D. serves as a Research Specialist on AFB’s Public Policy and Research team since joining in June 2022. She is responsible for contributing to research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.

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