Release Date: 
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sumara Shakeel, Organizer
Ocean County Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey
(732) 668-3310

Blind Group to Meet in Toms River to Discuss New Opportunities for Blind Ocean County Residents

Toms River, New Jersey (December 26, 2007): The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey (NFBNJ) will be hosting an organizational meeting for blind and interested sighted persons on the current issues and concerns that affect blind people in Ocean County, Monmouth County, and around the state.  The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 12, at the Ocean County Library in Toms River.  "The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), established in 1940, is the largest and most influential blindness organization in the country and in the state," said Joseph Ruffalo, president of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey.  "Come join us to work together to make a difference."    

Location:   Ocean County Library, Green Room 
                101 Washington Street 
                Toms River, New Jersey 
Time:        January 12, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

"There are existing groups that provide support and social/recreational opportunities for blind people.  However, none serve to empower the blind in moving toward economic and social equality as the NFB does," said Sumara Shakeel, Ocean County chapter organizer. 

Rick Fox, coordinator of chapter development for the state affiliate, pointed out the importance of membership and activism at the chapter level.  "As scattered individuals, blind people can only do so much to better their situation.  But collectively, we can combine our talents and know-how to make things better for us and for blind people throughout the country."

If unable to attend Saturday's meeting, please call Sumara Shakeel at (732) 668-3310 to learn more about the NFBNJ and other issues that effect blind persons. The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey is an organization of blind and sighted individuals working to advance the general welfare of the blind of New Jersey and the nation.  Under the motto, "We are changing what it means to be blind," the organization educates the public about the ability of persons who are blind to lead productive and self-sufficient lives, and advocates for the rights of blind people.