FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Ronza Othman
President
Illinois Association of Blind Students
(708) 829-0523

The Illinois Association of Blind Students and the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois Host Seminar for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Chicago, Illinois (January 24, 2008): The Illinois Association of Blind Students (IABS) and the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI) will host a seminar for blind and visually impaired students.  The student seminar, titled “Beyond Barriers,” will take place at Park Inn and Illini Conference Center in Urbana, Illinois, on April 18-19, 2008.

Date:   April 18-19, 2008 
Place:  Park Inn and Illini Conference Center
           2408 N. Cunningham Avenue
           Urbana, Illinois
Cost:    $20 per person

The seminar will address relevant issues for blind and visually impaired students such as obtaining accessible educational materials, navigating the college entrance and career placement processes, and exploring adaptive technology and resources.  The cost of admission is $20 and includes transportation, food, and lodging.  Interested students over the age of sixteen may download a registration form from www.nfbofillinois.org and submit it along with the registration fee as soon as possible.  Space is limited.

The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois and the Illinois Association of Blind Students are the leading blindness advocacy organizations in the state.  Both promote educational excellence and equal access to high-quality education for the blind and visually impaired. The seminar is designed to enhance blindness skills, provide mentoring and networking, and build the confidence of all participants. 

NFBI President Patti Chang stated, “This seminar provides an outstanding opportunity for students to learn and network.  I only wish I could have taken advantage of a program like this when I was preparing for college and law school.”

The Illinois Association of Blind Students is the student division of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois.  The purpose of both organizations is to promote equality, opportunity, and security for the nation’s blind and visually impaired.  For additional information, please contact Ronza Othman at (708) 829-0523 or rothmanjd@gmail.com.