Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Chris Danielsen
Public Relations Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind to Attend World Blind Union General Assembly

NFB President Marc Maurer Will Give Keynote Address

Baltimore, Maryland (August 13, 2008): Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the World Blind Union’s Seventh General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 19.  The World Blind Union gathers its worldwide membership every four years.  The Seventh General Assembly will take place August 17–23.

Dr. Marc Maurer said: “I am honored to represent the National Federation of the Blind and our 50,000 members at the World Blind Union’s general assembly.  The conference title this year is “Changing What it Means to be Blind–Taking our Place in the World,” and that title could not be more apt.  The National Federation of the Blind dedicates itself to changing what it means to be blind in the United States and beyond, and the general assembly of the World Blind Union is an opportunity for all blind people throughout the world to align themselves with that mission and make a significant difference.”

“The gathering of our worldwide membership every four years is an opportunity to engage directly in the work of the World Blind Union, meet blind and partially sighted people from every part of the globe, and build bridges of friendship.  We are pleased to welcome Dr. Marc Maurer as our keynote speaker and to continue our joint efforts to improve the lives of blind people worldwide,” said Dr. William Rowland of South Africa, president of the World Blind Union.

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