American Foundation for the Blind Expands
AFB’s new 6,000 sq. ft. office and optics lab was unveiled by AFB leadership and WV Governor Joe Manchin III at a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 16, 2010.
"West Virginia has been instrumental in helping us expand possibilities for the 25 million Americans with vision loss and we are extremely proud to be a part of the wonderful community in Huntington,” said Carl R. Augusto, AFB President and CEO." We have an impressive team working for us at AFB TECH and we’ve been welcomed with open arms by the leadership and people of this great state.”
AFB TECH, the technology arm of AFB, first opened in Huntington in 2001 through a partnership with the Teubert Foundation and HADCO. The initial staff of three has grown to include 20 employees and several Marshall University interns. AFB recently relocated its finance department and other key positions from its New York City headquarters to Huntington, WV.
"We congratulate AFB on their expansion efforts and continued investment in the Huntington community," said Marc Sprouse, HADCO President.
"West Virginia is honored to be home to AFB’s optics lab,” said Gov. Joe Manchin." It’s amazing to think that the technology being developed and implemented right here in Huntington is making a world-of-difference for so many across our nation.”
AFB TECH has garnered national recognition for its work to make critical technology—from lifesaving diabetes equipment to smart phones—accessible to people with vision loss. AFB TECH evaluates mainstream and assistive technology products and collaborates with companies such as Apple, Canon, and Whirlpool to ensure their latest products meet the needs of blind and visually impaired consumers. AFB TECH has been a leader in product research to make small display screens easier to see, and has successfully competed for federal research dollars to advance this work. Also located at the Huntington office is AFB CareerConnect®, a web-based program for blind and visually impaired students, job seekers, and potential employers that works to combat unemployment rates among people with vision loss. CareerConnect showcases success stories from professionals with vision loss working in a variety of fields and maintains a database of over 1,000 mentors who are blind or visually impaired.
AFB TECH is located at 1000 Fifth Ave., Suite 350, Huntington, WV 25701. Learn more about AFB TECH at www.afb.org/afbtech.