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AFB's Commitment to Evidence-Based Advocacy

AFB's Public Policy and Research Center strives to accurately and persuasively understand and describe the characteristics, experiences, needs, and capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Our Work and Resources


The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is the international peer-reviewed journal of record in the field, delivering current research and best practice information, commentary from authoritative experts on critical topics, and more.

Key Statistics

  • How many adult Americans have trouble seeing?
  • How many seniors in the U.S. experience vision loss?
  • How many children in the U.S. are blind or visually impaired?

Understanding Transportation Options

The Visually Impaired Seniors’ Independent Travel Opportunities and Resources (Project VISITOR) research team is surveying organizations and individuals to identify current transportation practices and challenges for older people with vision loss. In Phase One, we surveyed agencies serving seniors with vision loss in the United States.

Meet the Team

Stephanie Enyart

Stephanie Enyart, Chief Public Policy and Research Officer, has 20 years’ experience advocating for people with disabilities.

George Abbott

George Abbott, Chief Knowledge Advancement Officer, is responsible for developing and implementing AFB's employment initiatives, as well as coordinating the annual AFB Leadership Conference.

Paola Chanes-Mora

Dr. Paola Chanes-Mora, Policy Research Specialist, holds a Ph.D. in public health and has conducted both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.