About the American Foundation for the Blind: Leading the Vision Loss Community

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"There is an opportunity, if we are ready to seize it together, to create a world of no limits—where people who are blind or visually impaired are working, going to school and participating in community life, unhindered by barriers." —Kirk Adams, AFB President and CEO

Our Mission

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

Who We Are

Since 1921, AFB has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 25 million Americans living with vision loss. A national nonprofit with offices in five U.S. cities, we champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities.

Our Action Plan

AFB cultivates in-depth knowledge that improves understanding of issues affecting children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, to facilitate meaningful change that fosters equality and inclusion. To achieve this we:

  • Promote and engage in research with wide-scale impact
  • Develop and share knowledge
  • Pursue strategic relationships with those who can accelerate change in every area of society, including work and school

Our Objectives

Our mission and vision tell us what we must do to create a world of no limits. Our objectives tell us how to get there.

Conduct Research to Advance Change

AFB collaborates with researchers and educators to better understand the issues facing people who are blind or visually impaired. We use that knowledge to develop evidence-based solutions in areas including education, employment, socio-economic mobility, rehabilitation services, aging and vision loss, healthcare, and technology.

Promote Knowledge and Understanding

We educate policymakers, business leaders, advocates, and the public about the challenges and opportunities that exist for people who are blind or visually impaired. That knowledge influences attitudes, improving acceptance, accessibility, and inclusion.

Shape Policies and Practices

AFB builds and maintains strategic public- and private-sector relationships and networks. Through these partnerships, we drive the adoption of policies and best practices for making workplaces, schools, and communities more welcoming for people who are blind or visually impaired.

How AFB Changes Lives

  • We expand and share knowledge through a variety of initiatives, including original research and our peer-reviewed Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness.
  • We advocate for better policies that promote accessibility and ensure equality and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired, creating a culture of inclusion at work, at school, and in our communities.
  • We convene leaders—across our field and among business leaders, public officials and other decision-makers—we champion the development of legislation and best practices that provide equal opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • In the business world, we guide the creation of more accessible products and websites.
  • Through our monthly publication, AccessWorld® Magazine, we write and edit objective information you can trust—smart and informed commentary, cutting-edge news, product reviews, and trends concerning information technology and visual impairment.
  • We speak up for children who are blind or visually impaired, to make sure they have the resources they need, including textbooks and classroom materials.
  • We advocate for people who are losing their sight—particularly the increasing number of older adults experiencing vision loss—to make sure they get the services and resources that will help them remain independent.

We have led the blindness community for nearly a century, paving the way for a world of no limits. Our most important work lies ahead, but we can’t do it alone. Find out how to get involved with AFB.

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