Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)



Two Hundred Blind Youth From Across Nation Head to Baltimore

First of its Kind Event Focuses on Science, Technology

Event:   National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam

Dates:  July 30 – August 4, 2007

Place:  National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
          1800 Johnson Street
          Baltimore, Maryland 21230
          (410) 659-9314

Attention: Science, Education, and Feature Editors

Two hundred blind high school students from across the nation will land in Baltimore on July 30.  While staying at Johns Hopkins University, the students will participate in four days of inspiring and engaging activities conducted by the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and other partners.  The purpose of this unprecedented gathering is to help the blind youth of America find their voice and encourage them to consider pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – careers that are falsely believed to be closed to the blind. 

On Wednesday, August 1, from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m., the Youth Slam participants will gather at the NFB Jernigan Institute for a special afternoon of interactive exhibits and activities related to science and technology.  The students will have the opportunity to meet and talk with blind scientists, view the latest technology designed to assist blind students, learn about astronomy, and much more. 

On Friday, August 3, at 3:00 p.m., the Youth Slam will culminate in a rally at Rash Field, near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, followed by a “Youth March for Independence” that will proceed to the NFB Jernigan Institute.  Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, and other national and local dignitaries will greet the blind students at the Jernigan Institute, and the students will make presentations (including their own video journal) highlighting the achievements of the week.  The closing ceremony will be followed by a dinner and celebration.

The Youth Slam and Youth March for Independence are being conducted and supported through partnerships with the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Pepsi, the American Honda Foundation, the UPS Foundation, and the NEC Foundation of America, among others.

Note:  More information about the Youth Slam is available at