The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) announced a partnership in which APH will become the steward of several key programs founded by AFB and assume responsibility for ensuring their continued impact. AFB will invest in policy and programs focused on creating stronger social systems, and ultimately a more inclusive, accessible society for people with vision loss. These complementary strategies will ensure that people who are blind or have low vision can live a life of no limits, recognizing that the future belongs to everyone.
Specifically, APH will become the caretakers of:
- AFB Press—a program that publishes textbooks for college and university programs and professional books for teachers, researchers, and other professionals. The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) will remain in the care of AFB.
- VisionAware—an online program that helps adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, and a supportive online community.
- FamilyConnect—an online program that gives parents of children who are visually impaired a place to find resources and support each other.
- CareerConnect—an online program that provides employment information, career-exploration tools, and job-seeking guidance for individuals with vision loss and professionals who work with them.
- BrailleBug—an online program that teaches children about braille through games and activities and provides resources to teachers and parents.
Watch a video of the partnership announcement: