American Foundation for the Blind

Vision loss, to any degree, creates unique challenges for students of all ages.  But making the transition from public or private school where students may have friends and family support, to college and career readiness, where a visually impaired student is often alone and educating the educators on his or her needs, presents all new challenges .

The American Foundation for the Blind just announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive.   In honor of that, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey reprise an interview with Helen Selsdon, the AFB archivist, about her work and about this rich source of information on the history of visual impairment, women's history, literary history, and American culture.

Explore the Helen Keller Digital Archive.

News from APH and AFB with deadlines for you

Jun 18, 2018
American Printing House for the Blind

Over the past year, AFB has been implementing a new strategic plan approved by the AFB board of trustees in June of 2017. As we hope you are already aware from our earlier press release and social media posts, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will become the steward of several key programs founded by AFB, including AFB Press, and will assume responsibility for ensuring their continued impact.

What do you do when you learn that your child has a vision impairment?  You feel so alone and don't know where to go for help.

The American Foundation for the Blind has a resource called Family Connect where you can find help after receiving a diagnosis of visual impairment.  There's also a Family Connect blog where you can read real stories like you.  There are also educational resources available and information in Spanish.

Learn more about AFB's FamilyConnect and Join the Community.


This month we'll hear from Kirk Adams, President & CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, and Dr. Craig Meador, President of the American Printing House for the Blind.  Kirk Adams talks about strategic destinations and directions for AFB and Dr. Meador shares update on when The Orbit Reader will be available.

You've just been diagnosed with low vision or vision loss due to one condition or another.  You have some vision, but suddenly everyday activities are more difficult and you need to figure out how to do things if you want to continue living independently.  From cooking, to laundry to managing your mediations or even navigating your home environment, The American Foundation for the Blind has information and resources to help.  Check them out.

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Jane Kronheim and Roger Cicchese are audio engineers who specialize in restoring old audio recordings.  Recently, they digitized recordings of Helen Keller for the archives of the American Foundation for the Blind.  Listen to this and other recordings as hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with them about their work and share some fun stories.

This is the first of two programs bringing you information about research and advocacy organizations of interest to people who are blind or visually impaired. Today you'll hear about the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the National Federation of the Blind, the American Foundation for the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. 

Beat the summer heat with a Talking Thermostat

Jul 12, 2017

The summer heat is on and if your thermostat isn't accessible, it may be difficult to get the relief you need.  There are products that are meant to help you, but will they work or not?

Even if you're not actively involved in the stock market, you probably own stocks. If you have a retirement plan at work, if you have a 401(k), or an IRA, you are probably invested in stocks, even if it's via mutual funds. At some point you will need and want to take more control over your personal investments and that's where the Robinhood app may help.

Three different topics will be explored in this program: it could be called a triumvirate of topics. You'll hear about transportation suggestions, biomarkers for glaucoma and summer camps for kids.

Have you heard of Uber? This week's program will tell you about the experiences of two Uber users who are blind, one in Atlanta and one in Chicago.