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AFB's Commitment to Evidence-Based Advocacy

AFB's 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 visually impaired.

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Current Research Projects

Flatten Inaccessibility

Fifteen organizations and companies concerned about the impact of COVID-19 joined forces to launch the Flatten Inaccessibility Survey. The survey focused on adults with visual impairments and their access to healthcare, information, education, online work environments, transportation, food and other supplies, and voting.

Access and Engagement to Education Survey

This collaborative survey 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

Our research team has surveyed organizations and interviewed individuals to identify current transportation practices and challenges for older people with vision loss.

Meet the Team

Stephanie Enyart

Stephanie Enyart, Chief Public Policy and Research Officer, has 20 years’ experience advocating for people with disabilities.

Penny Rosenblum

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, Director of Research, joined AFB in 2020 to lend her decades of expertise to help conduct and analyze research related to vision loss.

Paola Chanes-Mora

Dr. Paola Chanes-Mora, Policy Research Specialist, holds a Ph.D. in public health and has conducted both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.