FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Nancy Burns
President
National Federation of the Blind of California
(818) 558-6524

National Federation of the Blind of California Welcomes National Federation of the Blind President Dr. Maurer to Annual Convention

Irvine, California (October 10, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind of California, 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 Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15.  The convention will take place at the Crowne Plaza Irvine.  Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, will provide the NFB national report and the keynote address at the convention banquet.  “All persons interested in learning and experiencing the positive philosophy of the NFB are encouraged to participate in any or all of our diverse events,” said Nancy Burns, president of the NFB of California. 

Location:  Crowne Plaza Irvine
               17941 Von Karman Ave 
               Irvine, CA 92614
Time:       October 12, 1:00 p.m. – October 15, 12:00 p.m.
Cost:        Registration: $15

The convention will provide discussion on many issues of prime concern to blind people and parents of blind children, such as diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness among adult Americans.  The Diabetes Action Network will hold a breakfast to discuss available resources and techniques for managing diabetes independently.  The Parents of Blind Children, a membership organization of parents and friends of blind children to share vital support, encouragement and information, will be presenting and offering a luncheon for the promotion of opportunities for blind children.  A seminar for students, parents and educators of blind children will focus on adaptive technology.  And a seminar for seniors, “Life After Vision Loss”, will kick off the convention on Thursday afternoon.

In addition to President Maurer, Ron Gardner, president of the NFB of Utah, will also attend and give a presentation at the convention.
 
The convention will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 and conclude on Sunday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Nancy Burns, president of the NFB of California.  To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind visit http://www.nfb.org/.