Good Works Wednesday: March 17, 2021

Good Works Wednesday

A newsletter celebrating ASB progress, programs and people.


At Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, we work every day to help individuals build skills and gain access to the information, experiences and resources they need to live the lives they wish to lead. We are an agency for anyone, anywhere on the vision loss continuum and offer education, training, community-based enrichment opportunities and referrals to help them achieve their individual goals.


Tomorrow: Join AFB for a Women in Leadership Conversation

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is inviting ASB staff and participants to join its Centennial Conversation, Women in Leadership: A Conversation About the Intersection of Gender and Visual Impairment, tomorrow, March 18, at 2 p.m. EST. Participants can register here for free: afb.org/WomenLeaders.  

Neva Fairchild from AFB will moderate the panel, followed by a live Q&A opportunity. Participants will learn from a diverse group of women in various leadership roles as they address the key issues facing women experiencing vision loss, the progress made and what challenges persist. Panelists for the conversation include,

  • Sam Latif, Company Accessibility Leader at Procter & Gamble
  • Janni Lehrer-Stein, AFB board member and disability rights advocate, previously Senior Disability Policy Advisor for presidential, gubernatorial and state election campaigns
  • Kathy Martinez, President and CEO of Disability Rights Advocates, previously SVP, Head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy at Wells Fargo 
  • Stephanae McCoy, Founder of Bold Blind Beauty

AFB is committed to creating inclusive events. Captions, ASL, audio descriptions and transcripts will be available for all events. If any of the participants you work with require additional accommodations, they can contact the AFB at communications@afb.org.


AFB Upcoming Centennial Event Lineup

Since 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has been at the forefront of creating a more inclusive world for people who are experiencing vision loss. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, AFB is hosting a series of Centennial Conversations. These curated webinars will focus on the most pressing issues and topics affecting the vision loss community, pairing prominent speakers with younger voices.

A link to the upcoming April conversation is below. We’ll be sure to share links to the others as they become available:

  • The Inclusive Power of Music—April 22, 2 p.m. EST
  • Gratitude, Courage, and Joy—May 27, 2 p.m. EST
  • Inclusion, Intersectionality, and the Future of Work—June 24, 2 p.m. EST
  • Making Money Work: Including Disability in the Financial Equation—July 22, 2 p.m. EST

In case any of the participants you work with missed AFB’s previous centennial events, they can replay the archived conversations below:

For additional information about 100 years of AFB and the ongoing series of Centennial Conversations, participants can visit afb.org/100. If any of the participants you work with require additional accommodations, they can contact the AFB at communications@afb.org.


iPhone App Q&A Workshop

Starting next month, ASB will begin hosting an iPhone app Q&A workshop for participants. This workshop will benefit participants who want to learn about different apps, want a quick general app overview or have any iPhone app questions!

This Q&A workshop will be held every Wednesday from April 7 through May 12 at 11:15 a.m. EST

If any of the participants you work with are interested in this Q&A workshop, they can contact Andrew at agodwin@asb.org for an app overview request. 


Afternoon at the Museum – Presidential Pet Museum  

Aira, a service that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to connect people to highly trained, remotely located agents, invites ASB to its upcoming virtual event, Afternoon at the Museum, Presidential Pet Museum!

This event will be held this Friday, March 19, at 4 p.m. EST. This week’s program will welcome Andrew Hager of the Presidential Pet Museum. Attendees will learn about the wide variety of pets that have lived in the White House and learn about being a museum curator from Andrew, who is blind. 

Participants can attend this event on Zoom or Aira’s YouTube channel.

If any of the participants you work with have any questions, they can contact the Aira Customer Care Team at support@aira.io.