Release Date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Cary Supalo
President, Happy Valley Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

Happy Valley Chapter of the National Federation of Blind to Present Educational Seminar at Penn State

University Park, Pennsylvania (October 18, 2007): In support of Meet the Blind Month, the Happy Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania is proud to sponsor the Independent Laboratory Access for the Blind (ILAB) Open House on October 20th.  The free workshop and open house will serve to educate teachers, faculty, and current students on the resources and tools available for the science education of blind students.  The seminar is designed to counteract misconceptions about the education of blind students.  “While teaching science to blind students can present some challenges, all of these challenges are surmountable with the right training,” said Cary Supalo, president of the Happy Valley Chapter.

Location: Room 102
              Chemistry Research Building
              Penn State University Park Campus
Time:      October 20th, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Those who participate in the seminar will learn how to utilize tools and resources for the education of blind students in chemistry, physics, and biology.  The workshop will include a three-hour hands-on demonstration for teachers on how to use the Job Access with Speech (JAWS) text to speech screen access interface.  From noon until 6:00 p.m., free literature relating to the teaching of science to blind students will be available at exhibit tables.  Service providers will also be on hand to demonstrate their teaching materials.  Demonstration tables of adaptive teaching methods will also be on display to illustrate low cost ways to teach scientific concepts to blind or low vision students.

Meet the Blind Month is a nationwide campaign of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to garner awareness and support for the blind members of local communities. During the entire month of October, chapters throughout the country will be joining forces to spread the message that the National Federation of the Blind is the voice of the nation’s blind and blind people are the best resource for learning about vision loss, blindness, and rehabilitation.

While reservations are not required, they are recommended.  For more information or to reserve a spot at the seminar, please contact Cary Supalo.  For more information about the National Federation of the Blind, please visit