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AFB's "Livable Communities" Study

(AFB Press Release)

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has launched a national research project that will provide information about the "livability" of cities and towns in the United States from the point of view of people who are blind or visually impaired.

AFB's research will identify the criteria that blind or visually impaired people use to assess their communities. AFB is using a "life stages" approach, which will consider what is important for children and youth, working-age adults, and seniors.

The criteria and an initial list of the most highly rated communities will be announced in February 2003 at "Vision Loss in the 21st Century," an international symposium co-sponsored by AFB and the Foundation for the Junior Blind.

The purpose of this project is to help blind or visually impaired people advocate for improving the accessibility of their communities. The project will also provide information resources for blind or visually impaired people—and their families—who are considering a residential move, college attendance decisions, tourist destinations, and the like.

This research goes beyond imagining, toward eventually assuring more livable communities throughout the nation.

For more information, or to participate, visit: http://www.afb.org/livability.asp

or e-mail livability@afb.net

or call (800) 232-5463

All information provided is strictly confidential.

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