Release Date: 
Monday, March 8, 2010
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Announces March Drive for Imaginators

Join the Race for Independence and Win Funds for Your Affiliate

Baltimore, Maryland (March 8, 2010): With five months remaining in the first phase of the National Federation of the Blind’s Race for Independence, Imagination Fund Chairman Parnell Diggs today urged affiliates to sign up as many of their members as possible by March 31.  For every ten members of each of the Federation’s fifty-two affiliates that sign up to be Imaginators and participate in the Race for Independence by the end of March, the affiliate will be entered in a drawing to receive $250.  The Race for Independence is designed to raise funds for the National Federation of the Blind Imagination Fund, which supports the education, technology, and research projects of the NFB Jernigan Institute, as well as programs conducted by the fifty-two affiliates and over seven hundred local chapters of the Federation.  The Race for Independence will also bring public attention to the need for full and equal access for blind Americans to modern technology, in everything from home appliances to automobiles.  
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The Imagination Fund represents the hopes and aspirations of blind Americans.  Through this effort we are able to create innovative research, training, education, and technology programs that improve the lives of the blind and move us closer to our ultimate goal of full integration into society on a basis of equality.  The crisis in Braille literacy for blind children and advances in technology that, if not properly designed, will threaten the independence of the blind mean that time is of the essence.  But I am confident that with the help of our members and friends, we will ensure that blind children are literate and can pursue the career of their choice; that blind people have access to cutting-edge technology; and that opportunities for all blind Americans are limited only by our capacity to dream.  I am certain that friendly competition among our affiliates will dramatically increase the number of Imaginators participating in this important effort.”
Parnell Diggs, chairman of the NFB Imagination Fund, said; “It is crucial that we register as many Imaginators as possible by the end of March to put us in the best possible position to maximize the success of the 2010 campaign. We will then have three full months before our convention in Dallas to put the pedal to the metal and solicit donations. Let’s race!”
To sign up to be an Imaginator and help build the Imagination Fund, please visit or call (410) 659-9314, extension 2371.