Over 2,000 Blind Americans Gather for Convention
National Federation of the Blind Holds First In-Person Convention Since 2019 in New Orleans
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New Orleans, Louisiana (June 30, 2022): Members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind Americans, will gather in New Orleans beginning on July 5 for the organization’s first in-person national convention since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local media and residents are cordially invited to attend. Those seeking press credentials should fill out the web form located at:
Event: National Federation of the Blind 2022 National Convention
Dates: July 5–10, 2022
Place: New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Attention Technology, Transportation, Automotive Editors:
Blind Land Speed Record Holder to Speak at Convention
On Friday, July 8, Dan Parker, who holds the Guinness World Records title for the fastest speed achieved by a blind driver, as recently reported by CBS News, will address the entire convention during the afternoon session. Mr. Parker will also be participating in the convention throughout the week, and requests for interviews are welcome.
Attention Sports and Entertainment Editors and Reporters:
New Film, Surpassing Sight, About Blind Competitor’s in World’s toughest Cycling race, to be screened at Convention
We are pleased to present an advanced screening of the new film Surpassing Sight on Saturday, July 9 from 6-8 p.m. in Salon D at the New Orleans Marriott. The film chronicles the journey of Jack Chen and Dan Berlin, high-level blind businessmen and competitive athletes, to tackle the toughest cycling race in the world. Mr. Chen will also address the convention on the morning of Saturday, July 9, as part of a panel that will also feature Denna Lambert, Lead for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, Early Stage Innovations and Partnerships (ESIP), Technology Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Attention Politics, Public Policy, Education, and Disability Editors:
Political Leaders and Policymakers to Address Convention
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 9, the convention will hear from the Honorable Troy Carter, member of Congress from the Second Congressional District of Louisiana. Anne Raish, Principal Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, United States Department of Justice, will address the convention the morning of Sunday, July 10, and will be immediately followed by Jason Broughton, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled of the Library of Congress.
Note: The entire convention agenda, outlining a full week of activities around policies, technologies, and issues that affect the lives of blind Americans, as well as various activities emphasizing the ability of the blind to live the lives they want, is available at www.nfb.org/convention. Please also note that participation in all or any part of our convention is subject to our COVID-19 testing and safety protocols as well as our Code of Conduct.