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AFB Expands Web Information  Patricia Price
 Apr 13, 2004 04:06 PDT 

A to Z of Blindness and Vision Loss Now Online
American Foundation for the Blind expands web site

April 5, 2004 (NEW YORK)-Whether you're hoping to find the latest
information on accessible cellphones for people who are blind or have
low vision, looking for resources to help teach a visually impaired
student in your classroom, working for a corporation researching ADA
compliance, or are experiencing vision loss and want to learn how to
maintain your independence, www.AFB.org has the answer.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) relaunched its web site
today adding new information and resources for the 10 million Americans
who are blind or have low vision. All the site's content is either new
or updated to reflect the growing demand for current and reliable
information for a population that is expected to grow dramatically as
the baby boomers age.

"AFB has been delivering information through our web site for over a
decade," said AFB president and CEO Carl R. Augusto. "By expanding our
web presence, we've made AFB's vast expertise and resources available at
the touch of a button, anytime of day."

New features on the site include a glossary of eye conditions,
"etiquette tips" for interacting with a person who is blind, and a home
page function called "Where can I find?," allowing visitors to locate
organizations in their state that provide services-from dog guide
training to newspaper reading services to education services-for people
who are blind or visually impaired and their families.

AFB has also added an extensive searchable database of assistive
technology products used by people who are blind or visually impaired.
Visitors can browse by product, category, or manufacturer and find out
everything from usage to price to the size and weight of the product.

The web site also retains popular features, such as the Helen Keller
Archives and the Braille Bug® -a kids' section with games and activities
to promote literacy and demystify braille. Visitors can read about the
latest assistive technology in AccessWorld® -AFB's premier, online
technology magazine-or search for a mentor through CareerConnect, AFB's
Internet-based employment resource center.
In accordance with AFB's mission, the web site is a technologically
advanced model of accessibility. The content has been organized so that
all web site visitors can customize the pages to meet their viewing
needs. For example, a person with low vision can change color, contrast,
and text size to better view the site, while people using an audio
screen reader can change the navigation of interior pages to better
accommodate their needs.
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