In April 2020, in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the American Foundation for the Blind took the lead in the Flatten Inaccessibility study. The purpose of the study was to learn how those who were blind or have low vision were affected early on by the pandemic.

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Flatten Inaccessibility report cover - dark blue background with white text and a montage of photos. Research report September 2020, Impact of COVID-19 on Blind and Visually Impaired Adults in the United States

The Journey Forward: Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Though COVID-19 restrictions have eased and many Americans are beginning to venture out to shop, socialize, and work, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all our lives. AFB began the Journey Forward study in summer 2021 with a survey conducted with U.S. adults who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind. In fall 2021, the researchers conducted focus groups with leaders in agencies and organizations supporting those with vision loss. It’s important that we understand the short-term and long-term impact of the pandemic on those with vision loss and learn from their experiences so we can address both COVID-created and systemic issues impacting the lives of those who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind.

The Journey Forward study will continue the story begun with the Flatten Inaccessibility study. Let others know how you are building on the study findings in your work, personal advocacy efforts, or policy efforts by using #FlattenInaccessibility.

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