FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Blind Minnesota Constituents Visit Representative Ellison in Washington
Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2007): A delegation of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota visited with Representative Keith Ellison last week to discuss issues that are important to blind Americans. Led by affiliate president, Joyce Scanlan, the Minnesota 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 Minnesota, the group discussed with Representative Ellison 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 Judy Sanders, Jennifer Dunnam, Joyce and Tom Scanlan, all of Minneapolis, Steve Jacobson of Edina, and Jan Bailey of Rochester, with Representative Ellison is available upon request.