Release Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2006
John Batron
National Federation of the Blind of Maine
(207) 657-2829
(207) 653-0529 (Cell)

Governor John Baldacci and
U.S. Representative Tom Allen
to Speak at the National Federation of the Blind
of Maine’s Annual Convention

Auburn, Maine (September 22, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind of Maine, an affiliate of the oldest and largest organization of the blind in the country, the National Federation of the Blind, will hold its annual convention on Saturday, September 30, 2006.  The convention will take place at the Fireside Inn and Suites in Auburn.  Both the Honorable John Baldacci and the Honorable Tom Allen are expected to speak at the event.  “Blind persons and their families, as well as those who are losing vision and parents with blind children, are welcome and encouraged to attend,” said John Batron, president of the NFB of Maine.  Batron, who is blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, added, “attending an NFB convention was one of the most valuable things I ever did.  It introduced me to other successful blind people, taught me about new tools and technology, and most importantly, helped me develop a positive attitude about the unlimited potential of blind people.”

Location:  The Fireside Inn and Suites
               1777 Washington Street
               Auburn, Maine 04210
Time:        9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost:        $10 for registration and $25 for optional banquet lunch
This year’s convention will feature discussions on technologies designed to assist the blind, techniques for living independently, resources for parents and teachers, tips for seniors experiencing vision loss, and other issues of prime concern to blind people.  In addition to the Governor, the convention will feature Rosy Carranza, a representative from the Federation’s national headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.   Representatives from agencies and organizations in Maine that serve the blind will also make presentations during the convention. 
The convention will get under way at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at approximately 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact John Batron, president of the NFB of Maine.  To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind visit