FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Friday, September 29, 2006
Cary Supalo
President, Happy Valley Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
(814) 234-4NFB

Happy Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind to Present Seminar on Education of Blind Students at Penn State

Happy Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind to Present Seminar on Education of Blind Students at Penn State

University Park, Pennsylvania (September 29, 2006): In support of Meet the Blind Month, the Happy Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania is presenting a seminar titled, Teaching Science to Blind and Visually Impaired Students on October 28.  The free seminar serves to educate teachers, education faculty, and current students on the resources and tools available for the science education of blind students.  The seminar also serves 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:     12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Those who participate in the seminar will have the opportunity to learn how to utilize tools and resources for the education of blind students in chemistry, physics, astronomy, and biology.  Mark Riccobono, Director of Education at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and one of the speakers at this event said, "we want to demystify blindness and change the misconception that science, technology, engineering, and math are too hard for the blind--our experience is that when we put the right educational elements together and hold students to high expectations, they are empowered to achieve a future full of opportunities."

Meet the Blind Month is the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)’s nationwide campaign 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 that blind people are the best resource for learning about vision loss, blindness, and rehabilitation.

The seminar will commence at 12:00 p.m. with a meet and greet for presenters and audience participants.  Free literature providing more information on the teaching of science to blind students will be available at many exhibits.  Service providers will also be on hand to demonstrate their teaching materials.  A social will follow the presentations, giving participants an opportunity to ask additional questions of the presenters and to further explore the exhibits.

While reservations are not required, they are recommended.  For more information or to reserve a spot at the seminar, please contact Cary Supalo, president of the Happy Valley Chapter of the NFB of Pennsylvania.