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Jan 30, 2023

ACB Scholarship Program

The American Council of the Blind’s (ACB) Scholarship Program was established in 1982. The American Council of the Blind (ACB) in partnership with other organizations and individuals offers educational scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 for entering freshman, undergraduate and graduate students, and those attending technical college.

This program awards students with scholarships to help with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board and other additional costs associated with assistive technology.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants need to be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for most scholarships, be a full-time student or a part-time student who works at least 32 hours per week, and be involved in their school and local community. Scholarships are awarded to students who attend post-secondary institutions in the United States.

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Oct 03, 2022

Foundation’s Workshop Highlights Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence Tools in Retinal Disease Clinical Care and Research

Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly emerging as an efficient alternative to labor-intensive processes and a powerful tool for tackling highly complex problems. According to Precedence Research, the global AI market is expected to grow 38.1 percent annually from 2022 to 2030, reaching nearly $1.6 trillion.

AI is being used today in many diverse applications, including: medical imaging and diagnostics, driverless cars, and removing propaganda and hateful content from social media. Someday, we might even see AI-based drone bees pollinating crops.

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Oct 03, 2022

October is Blindness Awareness Month

Community OutreachEyesight NewsletterMore About the Feinbloom CenterLow Vision Device - Feinbloom CenterOctober is Blindness Awareness Month and according to the World Health Organization, there are 285 million people who are visually impaired worldwide, 39 million of whom are completely blind. Blindness is often presented as a completely incapacitating disability of total vision loss. In reality, many people suffering from vision loss live fulfilling, joyful lives and suffer degrees of vision loss, not total blindness.

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Oct 03, 2022

Jalapeños in the Oatmeal: Digesting Vision Loss

Blogger and social worker Jeff Flodin talks about his personal journey with vision loss and how his passion for helping people led him to blog about his experiences.

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Oct 03, 2022

Senator Duckworth and Representative Sarbanes Introduce Bill to Make Websites and Mobile Applications Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2022 — Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Representative John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced The Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act (S. 4998) and (H.R. 9021) in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

The American Council of the Blind (ACB), the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commend Sen. Duckworth and Rep. Sarbanes for their leadership and for introducing this legislation with the full support and collaboration of the disability community. Once passed, this legislation would require the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to establish a clear and enforceable uniform national framework for website and software application accessibility, reaffirm that existing disability rights law covers websites and software applications, and ensure that accessibility standards keep pace with new and emerging technologies.

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