Release Date: 
Monday, June 4, 2012
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

United States Secretary of Transportation to Address 
Convention of National Federation of the Blind

Baltimore, Maryland (June 4, 2012): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s largest organization of blind Americans, is pleased to announce that the Honorable Ray LaHood, United States Secretary of Transportation, will address some 3,000 attendees of the NFB National Convention in Dallas this summer.  Secretary LaHood will speak to the gathering on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 3, at 4:30 p.m. CDT.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are pleased to welcome Secretary LaHood, a longtime friend to blind Americans, to our convention. The ability to travel safely and independently is critical to the blind, and effective and rigorously enforced transportation policy is needed to secure this right.  We look forward to hearing Secretary LaHood’s thoughts on this important topic.”

Secretary LaHood said: “The President has called on us to build an America where everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share.  That starts with providing quality transportation options to all communities, ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to get where they need to go, whether it’s to work, school or the doctor.  I look forward to discussing the work that DOT is doing to ensure those opportunities with the National Federation of the Blind.”