FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Category: 
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

Blind Nebraska Constituents Visit Senator Nelson in Washington

Washington, D.C. (February 7, 2007): A delegation of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska visited with Senator Ben Nelson last week to discuss issues that are important to blind Americans.  Led by affiliate member Carlos Serván, the Nebraska constituents were among over 500 members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) visiting their senators and representatives during the annual NFB Washington Seminar. 

As representatives of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska, the group discussed with Senator Nelson the importance of textbooks in alternative formats for blind students, ballot access for the blind, and the removal of disincentives to work that affect many blind Americans.

“We have found that blind constituents visiting their senators and representatives and discussing issues affecting the blind directly is an extremely effective way of educating our elected representatives about what blind Americans truly need,” said Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind.  The NFB, known as the voice of the nation’s blind, is the largest organization of blind people in the United States.

A photograph of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska delegation with Senator Nelson is available upon request.