Computers for the Blind

Opening Worlds - One Computer at a Time

ABF Award Letter January 2017

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January 4, 2017

David Jeppson
Executive Director
Computers for the Blind
3101 High Plateau
Garland, Texas 75044

Dear Mr. Jeppson:

It is our pleasure to inform you that Computers for the Blind has been selected to receive the American Foundation for the Blindís 2017 Access Award. By refurbishing donated computers and making them available to people who are blind or visually impaired at little or no cost, your organization has significantly bettered the lives of hundreds of individuals. We would like to honor Computers for the Blind for your outstanding work and for serving as an example of what can be done to provide access for people in many regions throughout the country.

Each year, AFBís Access Awards honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. AFB is pleased to offer our 2017 Access Award to Computers for the Blind, and to have your organization join a prestigious list of past winners, including Google, Apple, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Major League Baseball, and CBS Television Network.

The Access Awards will be presented during a reception at the American Foundation for the Blindís Leadership Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. on March 3, but we welcome you to attend any of the conference sessions taking place March 2-4.

We look forward to connecting with you to discuss further the event details and to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Amanda Kolling, AFBís Communications and Marketing Manager, at akolling@afb.net, for more information. Amanda would be pleased to work with you to coordinate press efforts and to assist with travel arrangements for you or your designee.

Please let us know by January 11 if your organization will be available to accept this honor and who your representative will be so that arrangements can be made. The official announcement of this yearís award recipients will be made once all awardees have been notified and responded. We look forward to meeting you and congratulating you in person.

Sincerely,

Kirk Adams
President and CEO

About AFB

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)?is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.