FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, November 13, 2006
Lynn Heitz
Vice President
National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
(215) 208-7582

The First Handheld Reading Machine Will be Available for Demonstration at the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania Convention

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania (November 13, 2006):  The National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the oldest and largest organization of the blind in the country, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), will hold its annual convention from Friday, November 17, to Sunday, November 19.  The convention will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in New Cumberland.  Leaders of the NFB will discuss issues of importance to the blind of the Commonwealth, such as the education of blind children, the empowerment of blind students in college, and the importance of quality rehabilitation services available to the blind of all ages. 

Location:  Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in New Cumberland
              148 Sheraton Drive
               New Cumberland, PA 17070
Time:       November 17, 12:00 p.m. – November 19, 12:00 p.m.

This year’s convention will provide an opportunity for hands-on interaction with the latest assistive technology for the blind.  The innovative handheld reading machine for the blind, the Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader, will be available for people to test, as well as seminars on DAISY technology and “seeing” chemical reactions through sound.  The Pennsylvania Association of Parents of Blind Children will hold a seminar to discuss and develop creative solutions to issues facing blind children in mainstream education.  In addition, there will be seminars on employment and how to remain independent as you age with vision loss.  Representatives from training centers across the country will make presentations about the importance of quality blindness skills training.
 
The convention will get under way at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19.   For more information, contact Lynn Heitz, vice president of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania.  To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind visit www.nfb.org.