The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S.
AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the 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. AFB's work in these areas is supported by its strong presence in Washington, DC, ensuring the rights and interests of Americans with vision loss are represented in our nation's public policies.
The FamilyConnect.org Program connects families of children with visual impairments to knowledge, resources, and support. It was created in partnership with the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments. FamilyConnect gives parents, grandparents and other caretakers a place to find comprehensive resources and support 24 hours a day, with access to message boards where they can talk to other parents, compelling videos featuring real-life families, parenting articles, parent-authored blogs, and links to local resources.
The site also features sections dedicated to multiple disabilities, technology, education, and every age group from infants to teens. Visitors to www.FamilyConnect.org can also create a personal profile and receive information on news and events based on their child's age, eye condition, and location. Articles are also available in Spanish.
AFB is based in New York, and maintains the Public Policy Center in Washington, DC; the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas, TX; AFB TECH in Huntington, WV; and offices in Atlanta and San Francisco. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller dedicated to working with AFB.