American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Data Provided By
United Way of Weld County
Description of Agency
The purpose of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is to assist blind and deaf-blind persons in securing reading matter, 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 towards improving the quality of life for the blind and deaf-blind.
The American Brotherhood for the Blind (ABB) was established in 1919 by a member of the Theosophical Society to give help to the blind. The new organization took its name from the Society's belief in the universal brotherhood of all mankind, and since 1919 the ABB has held fast to its belief in the brotherhood of all—that is, that its services are to be provided to all without regard to race, sex, creed, or national origin. Although the American Brotherhood's basic values have not changed since 1919, The American language has. Today, the word “Brotherhood” has come to have in some people's minds insensitive and sexist overtones of exclusion—the very opposite of the founder's original intent of universal service to all, which he wished to convey by choosing the name, American Brotherhood for the Blind.
The Board of Directors of the American Brotherhood for the Blind decided in 1990 to initiate action to restore the original descriptive connotation of the organization's name by adopting the name, “American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults” as its federally registered operating name, or trademark, while still retaining the trademark of American Brotherhood for the Blind. As the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF) we operate under a name which reflects the language and cultural notions of the times in which we live while at the same time preserving the traditional service values envisioned by the organization's founders nearly ninety years ago.