Programs and Scholarships

Beginning in 1919 as the American Brotherhood for the Blind, the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults was founded upon the belief that all people, no matter their race, gender, disability, or national origin, are equal participants in a universal brotherhood of mankind. Eventually, modern connotations associated with the word “brotherhood,” and the gender exclusivity it seemed to imply, prompted the adoption of a new name. The American Action Fund still maintains the trademark for the name American Brotherhood for the Blind, and you can find us listed under that name on some charity listings and federal databases. For more information on the history of our organization, visit our History of the AAF page. To learn more about the ways in which the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults continues in the same spirit of education and equality for the blind now nearly one hundred years after its founding, visit the programs and scholarships pages below.

Programs for Blind Youth

Parent and blind child reading together

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults supports a variety of programs and services for blind youth, with a focus on the fundamental importance of Braille literacy for the blind. The Kenneth Jernigan Library is one way the organization demonstrates this priority, however the American Action Fund also believes in the importance of blind children developing personal Braille book collections of their very own, just as any sighted child would have a print collection at home. To find out more about this opportunity, as well as other programs supported by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, follow the link above. 

Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship

Kenneth Jernigan reading a Braille bookThe American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults believes in the ability of blind people to achieve great things, if only given the training and opportunity. To that end, the organization annually sponsors a scholarship for deserving blind individuals seeking an advanced degree. Known as the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship, with funds provided entirely by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, are advertised as part of the scholarship programs of the National Federation of the Blind, a likeminded nonprofit organization with a broad reach among blind consumers. This partnership enables the Action Fund to reach many more potential applicants. For more information on the scholarship, and how to apply, follow the link above.