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American Foundation for the Blind

a/k/a: AFB


2 Penn Plaza
Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121





800 Number




Email Address


The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national, non-profit, voluntary organization established in 1921 and recognized as Helen Keller's cause in the United States. AFB is a national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public. The mission of AFB is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives. AFB fulfills this mission through four primary areas of activity. These include: the development, collection and dissemination of information on blindness and visual impairment; identification, analysis, and resolution of critical issues related to blindness and visual impairment; education of the public and policy makers as to the needs and capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired; and the production and distribution of talking books and other audio materials. AFB records and duplicates talking books under contract to the Library of Congress and publishes books, pamphlets, videos, and periodicals about blindness for professionals and health care consumers.

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