FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Category: 
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
Joe DeMattos
AARP
AARP Maryland State Director
(410) 895-7601

National Federation of the Blind Makes AARP Voting Information Accessible

Maryland AARP Newsletter Available on NFB-NEWSLINE

Baltimore, MD (October 18, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind, the largest consumer group of blind people in the United States, and AARP, the largest group of older Americans, have agreed to work together in Maryland to make voter education and AARP information accessible to blind Maryland residents.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said, “Over 50% of all blind and visually impaired Americans are older Americans. It is natural that the NFB would work with AARP to make important voting information accessible to blind and visually impaired residents of Maryland.”

Erv Sekulow, AARP Maryland President said, “AARP has over 37 million members, over 819,000 members here in Maryland--and we vote. In fact, 70% of Maryland’s 819,000 AARP members are expected to vote in the upcoming election. AARP strives to keep all of its members informed on issues important to older Marylanders. We are pleased to be working with the NFB to ensure that this information is available in an accessible format.”

AARP and the NFB will hold a press conference on October 19. The press conference will be held in conjunction with the 2006 Possibilities Fair for Seniors, an NFB Jernigan Institute senior’s initiative, at the National Federation of the Blind.

Joint NFB – AARP Press Conference
Date:          October 19, 2006
Time:         11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Location:    National Center for the Blind
                  1800 Johnson Street
                  Baltimore, Maryland 21230

After the press conference, media representatives can speak with more than 300 attendees and view 30 plus exhibit and demonstration areas. NFB-NEWSLINE® is provided in Maryland by the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in cooperation with the National Federation of the Blind. NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service for blind or visually impaired persons.