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American Foundation for the Blind

Serves as a one-stop information and referral resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the people who work with them, and the general public. Conducts a wide variety of programs to support independent living, literacy, employment, and access to technology. Publishes professional materials for blindness and low vision. Offers consultation services to eye care, rehabilitation, and education professionals. Provides referrals to low vision centers. Advocates for legislative change.


The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit organization that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. Our priorities include broadening access to technology; providing quality information and tools for professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Our website serves as a gateway to a wealth of vision loss information and services. We are proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information, visit us online at

(212) 502–7600

Social media

AFB Facebook: Twitter: Google+:… Pinterest: VisionAware Facebook: Twitter: FamilyConnect Facebook: Google+:

Organizational membership

Atlanta: National Literacy Center Dallas: AFB Center on Vision Loss Washington, DC: Public Policy Center Huntington, VA: AFB Technology and Employment Center


AFB Leadership Conference: Annual national leadership conference


Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness: Monthly Access World: Monthly AFB eNews: Monthly newsletter AFB Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the U.S. and Canada (hardcover and CD-ROM). Patient education materials are available.


Neva Fairchild, National Independent Living and Employment Specialist
Tel: 214–438–5316

Pris Rogers, VisionAware Program Manager
Tel: 423–923–0466

Education programs

Low Vision

Last updated: June 25, 2019