FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, February 5, 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 North Dakotan Visits Senator Conrad in Washington

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2007): Jessica Kjelden of Fargo, North Dakota met with Senator Kent Conrad in his Washington office last week to discuss issues that are important to blind Americans. Ms. Kjelden was one of over 500 members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) visiting their senators and representatives during the annual NFB Washington Seminar.

As the representative of the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota, Ms. Kjelden spoke with Senator Conrad about the importance of textbooks in alternative formats for blind students, voting 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 to discuss issues directly affecting the blind is the best way to educate our elected officials 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 Jessica Kjelden with Senator Kent Conrad is available upon request.