[Nfbc-info] Only 10 days left to race!

ckrugman at sbcglobal.net ckrugman at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 22 23:42:59 UTC 2010

While I have a duty to support all projects of the Federation as a chapter 
president for the purposes of discussion I still need to raise the question 
of the appropriateness of this particular project and its viability at this 
point and time. I guess my main concern is that ideally blind people would 
obviously want the freedom to drive vehicles but we are facing major cuts in 
funding for more necessary services such as education, health care in-home 
supportive services and the like. How can or should we justify futuristic 
research that has a little known possibility of real success when we are 
facing the loss of many basic services. While I know on a long range stage 
there are studies occurring regarding personal rapid transit in Europe and 
other places, I'm feeling a bit uncomfortable soliciting donations for this 
when basic needed services are potentially being cut or lost.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Willows" <mwillows at sbcglobal.net>
To: "NFB of California List" <nfbc-info at nfbnet.org>
Cc: "karen j steele" <karenjsteele at yahoo.com>; "Ever Lee Hairston" 
<ever.hairston at gmail.com>; "jana d littrell" <janadlittrell at sbcglobal.net>; 
"tiffany manosh" <tmanosh at sbcglobal.net>; "geraldine croom" 
<tgedwards47 at aol.com>; "Lisamaria Martinez" <lmartinez217 at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 3:50 PM
Subject: [Nfbc-info] Only 10 days left to race!

Hi All:

There are only 10 days left in the March challenge.  Register for the "Race
for Independence" by March 31 and the California affiliate may win $250.00.
We only need 20 Immaginaters to enter the drawing.  If every chapter
president and vice-president registered we would surpass this goal.

What is the "Race for Independence"?
In 2010, the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute is
collaborating with students at the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory at
Virginia Tech University’s Mechanical Engineering Department to develop a
road-ready vehicle that can be operated by a blind driver without sighted

This vehicle is not merely equipped with an audio guidance system designed
to tell the driver where to go, but it is also being fitted with technology
that describes the environment through tactile imaging.  This way, the
driver can make informed decisions about how to navigate the vehicle as
opposed to simply following spoken instructions.

Help to make this race for independence come true.

Go to the website at:


and register today.

Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
mwillows at sbcglobal.net

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