Release Date: 
Monday, March 16, 2009
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

Mutual of America Foundation Recognizes National Federation of the Blind as Merit Finalist Award Winner

2007 Youth Slam Program Honored

Baltimore, Maryland (March 16, 2009): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, will be recognized as a Merit Finalist Award Winner for 2008 by Mutual of America Foundation at a Community Partnership Award Luncheon on Wednesday, March 18. The luncheon will be held at the National Federation of the Blind headquarters in Baltimore. The award was given in recognition of the NFB’s Youth Slam program, a four-day science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academy for blind youth held at Johns Hopkins University in the summer of 2007.

The luncheon will recognize the individuals and organizations that played a key role in the success of the Youth Slam program, including NASA, Maryland Space Grant Consortium, and Westminster Astronomical Society.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are pleased to host this luncheon and join Mutual of America Foundation in honoring all of the organizations who helped to make the 2007 Youth Slam a success. With the help of these fine organizations, two hundred blind youth gained access to fields that are traditionally (and falsely) considered closed to them and gained the confidence to pursue any field of their choosing.”

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