Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Barbara Pierce
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio

Gospel Sing and Silent Auction Headline NFB of Ohio State Convention This Weekend

Cleveland, Ohio (November 14, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio, an affiliate of the oldest and largest organization of the blind in the country, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), will hold its 60th annual convention from Thursday, November 16, to Sunday, November 19.   Over a hundred Ohioans will gather at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center for the event.  Amy Buresh, a rehabilitation counselor with the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and member of the National Federation of the Blind’s board of directors, will provide the NFB national report and the keynote address at the convention banquet.  “We now imagine a future full of opportunity, and as the voice of the nation’s blind, we invite you to help us make it a reality,” said Barbara Pierce, president of the NFB of Ohio.

Location:  Cleveland Marriott Downtown
               127 Public Square
               Cleveland, OH 44114
Time:        November 16, 7:30 p.m. – November 19, 12:00 noon
Cost:        Registration: $15

The Gospel Sing and Silent Auction ($5 entrance charge, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Nov. 17) will headline this year’s convention, offering great music and many valuable items for purchase.  A possibilities fair for seniors who have lost or are losing vision will kick off Friday’s events from 10:00 a.m. to noon, setting the stage for a variety of seminars and discussions to benefit the blind and parents of blind children.  Further highlights of the convention include a presentation of the NFB-NEWSLINE® digitized newspaper service, interactive assistive technology displays, and even a self-defense workshop.  New solutions to new obstacles, such as quiet cars and pedestrian safety, will be discussed in an open forum throughout the weekend.

The convention will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, and conclude on Sunday, November 19, at 12:00 p.m.  For more information contact Barbara Pierce, president of the NFB of Ohio.  To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind, visit