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 Advocates Visit Senator Landrieu in Washington

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2007): A group of blind Louisiana citizens led by Pam Allen of Ruston met with Senator Mary Landrieu in her Washington office last week to discuss issues that are important to blind Americans.  The Louisiana delegation was among over 500 members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) visiting their senators and representatives during the annual NFB Washington Seminar.  Mrs. Allen is President of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana and is also the executive director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind in Ruston; Senator Landrieu was instrumental in the founding of this nationally acclaimed private rehabilitation facility.  Mrs. Allen’s husband, Roland, teaches cane travel at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

As representatives of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, the group spoke with Senator Landrieu 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 Pam Allen with Senator Mary Landrieu is available upon request.