FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Friday, March 4, 2011
Michael Barber
President
National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
(515) 771-8348
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
to Hold Seminar

Everyday Tips and Techniques for Blind People to be Demonstrated

Burlington, Iowa (March 4, 2011):  The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa (NFBI), Iowa's largest consumer group of blind people, will hold its third technology seminar titled "Independence Is Easy—Do You Know What I Know?” on Saturday, March 12.  The seminar will be held at the Comfort Suites in Burlington.

Dr. Tod Gerhardt, who works at the Burlington office of American Eyecare and is one of the seminar's sponsors, will discuss services his office can provide to people losing vision.  In interactive sessions, NFBI members will share and demonstrate simple daily-living skills, easy ways to adapt appliances and other home items, and some new accessible technologies.  Exhibitors from several technology organizations will also be on hand to answer specific questions about their products and services. 

Date:         March 12, 2011
Time:        10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:   Comfort Suites
                1780 Stonegate Center Drive
                Burlington, Iowa 52601

“Technology is not always the best answer to daily-living issues for blind people,” says Miranda Morse, president of the NFBI’s Burlington chapter.  “Blind people can grill, sew, shop for groceries, do laundry, and perform everyday activities as well as people with normal vision.  Through our seminar, we want to share some of the tips, techniques, and information we’ve learned over the years.”

Michael Barber, a Des Moines resident and president of the NFBI, said last summer the group began a series of technology workshops designed to address the many questions blind people have about using technology.  “The first seminar dealt with technology used to read digital talking books; the second seminar unlocked the mysteries surrounding accessible cell phones. This third seminar will focus on the low end of the technology spectrum and on alternative nonvisual techniques blind people can use in daily living.”

The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa is a statewide organization of blind and sighted individuals working to advance the general welfare of the blind of Iowa and the nation.  Under the motto, "We are changing what it means to be blind," the organization educates the public about the ability of persons who are blind to lead productive and self-sufficient lives and advocates for the rights of blind people.