The American Foundation for the Blind was founded in 1921. The organization was formed to ensure "that individuals who are blind or visually impaired have access to the information, technology, education, and legal resources they need to live independent and productive lives."
Helen Keller helped to raise awareness of the blind and the American Foundation for the Blind when she began working with the organization in 1924. She traveled to more than 39 countries on behalf of the organization, giving speeches to bring awareness about blindness.
Programs that the AFB offers include the following:
- AFB Tech - testing of products to ensure they work for those with vision impairments
- Center on Vision Loss
- Professional Development - for individuals who work with the visually impaired
- Public Policy Center - advocacy initiatives
- Family of Web Sites
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Tel: (212) 502-7600
Fax: (888) 545-8331