Originally named the American Brotherhood for the Blind, the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults was established in 1919. Since that time, we have provided programs and services to the blind and deafblind mostly without cost and always with an emphasis on Braille. In July of 2019, the Action Fund celebrated its 100th anniversary at the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the largest gathering in the world of blind people.
Braille Readers Are Leaders
In our Braille Readers Are Leaders contest, children and adults across the United States compete to read the most Braille pages alongside other participants in similar contest categories. This year's contest will begin in December 2020. Join us!
Let's Plan on It
Every year, the Action Fund provides more than 10,000 Braille calendars free of charge to blind and deafblind people throughout the United States. These pocket calendars are an invaluable tool for everyday use. They provide the day, date, and the major holidays during each month, and they allow blind people to receive the same information that their sighted family, friends, and colleagues have easy access to.
Our Newest Book
Braille Books Program
Through our 2021 Braille Books Program, we will distribute Braille copies of Sharon Draper's Sassy series as well as Karen English's Carver Chronicles series. At the end of the year we will also have Liz Cooper's Bluebell Skinks Wheelchair Kid and Mitzi Mufflin Principal for a Day.
The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is a national service agency that specializes in providing help to blind people that is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems. It operates through countless volunteers who are overseen by a volunteer board and a full-time executive director. The purpose of the Action Fund is to assist blind and deafblind people in securing reading material, to educate the public about blindness, to provide specialized aids and appliances to the blind, to give consultation to governmental and private agencies serving the blind, to offer assistance to those losing vision in their later years, to offer services to blind children and their parents, and to work toward improving the quality of life for the blind and deafblind.