Release Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2006
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind to Address United Nations Conference on E-accessibility

Dr. Betsy Zaborowski to Stress Access to Web Sites

NEW YORK CITY (December 1, 2006): Dr. Betsy Zaborowski, executive director of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the only research and training institute for the blind run by the blind, will address a conference on e-accessibility to be held at the headquarters of the United Nations on December 4, 2006. The conference is part of the UN’s celebration of the International Day of Disabled Persons, and is intended to bring global attention to the accessibility of the World Wide Web and other information technologies.

"Access to information and communication technologies creates opportunities for all people, perhaps none more so than persons with disabilities," said United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a statement.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Access to the Internet and other information and communication technologies is crucial to the success of blind people around the world in the twenty-first century. We are pleased that the United Nations is engaged in the critical discussion of how to make the World Wide Web more accessible to the blind.”

Dr. Zaborowski will explain and demonstrate for the conference the difficulties experienced by a blind person using adaptive technology when Web sites are not accessible. The conference will take place in Conference Room 4 of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. on Monday, December 4.