[nfbmi-talk] Fw: [Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Man to Take totheRoad at DaytonaInternational Speedway

Georgia Kitchen ghkitchen at comcast.net
Sat Jan 29 14:40:12 CST 2011


Hi Jeff,

It sounds interesting about the stream.  You will have to clue me  in when 
you get the answer.

Try to get to the space center if you have time--at least to the gift shop. 
It is a neat place.

I think the Washington seminars issues/fact sheets are on newsline. If not, 
I lost them when my computer broke. I can put them on if you guys need them 
if someone can email them to me.
My email is
gakitchen at gfn.org


Best,
Georgia
Best,
Georgia
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "jeff crouch" <jeffanel at gmail.com>
To: "Marcus Simmons" <MarcusSimmons at comcast.net>; "NFB of Michigan Internet 
Mailing List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2011 10:48 AM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Fw: [Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Man to Take 
totheRoad at DaytonaInternational Speedway


>i need hep i can nt get on the streem, it askes for a password. please
> help, that is with v l c medaplayer
>
> On 1/29/11, jeff crouch <jeffanel at gmail.com> wrote:
>> that is cool
>>
>> On 1/29/11, Marcus Simmons <MarcusSimmons at comcast.net> wrote:
>>> Whish I was driving again. Although, I did drive in the "fast lane" on
>>> the
>>> Indy 500 race track. Unfortunately it was not on race day (smile).
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "J.J. Meddaugh" <jj at bestmidi.com>
>>> To: "NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
>>> Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2011 12:03 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Fw: [Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Man to Take
>>> totheRoad at DaytonaInternational Speedway
>>>
>>>
>>>> The excitement down here is electric right now, and I can't wait for
>>>> tomorrow.
>>>> It should be on the speed channel on cable and you can listen to the
>>>> demo
>>>> at 11:15 by going to the nfb.org website.
>>>> Wish I was driving.
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Larry Posont" <president.nfb.mi at gmail.com>
>>>> To: "nfbmi List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
>>>> Sent: Friday, January 28, 2011 7:35 PM
>>>> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Fw: [Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Man to Take to
>>>> theRoad at DaytonaInternational Speedway
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>>> From: "David Andrews" <dandrews at visi.com>
>>>>> To: <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>
>>>>> Sent: Friday, January 28, 2011 5:14 PM
>>>>> Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Man to Take to the Road at
>>>>> DaytonaInternational Speedway
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>>>>> CONTACT:
>>>>> Chris Danielsen
>>>>> Director of Public Relations
>>>>> National Federation of the Blind
>>>>> (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
>>>>> (410) 262-1281 (Cell)
>>>>> cdanielsen at nfb.org
>>>>> Blind Man to Take to the Road
>>>>> at Daytona International Speedway
>>>>> Baltimore, Maryland (January 28, 2011):
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest
>>>>> organization of blind people in the nation, announced
>>>>> today that Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs
>>>>> technology, research, and education programs for the organization,
>>>>> will be the first blind
>>>>> individual to drive a street vehicle in public.  Mr. Riccobono will
>>>>> be behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual
>>>>> technology allowing
>>>>> a blind person to drive it independently as part of a historic
>>>>> demonstration scheduled during pre-race activities leading up to the
>>>>> Rolex 24 at the Daytona
>>>>> International Speedway.  The demonstration is set to take place at
>>>>> 11:30 a.m. EST on January 29.
>>>>> Mr. Riccobono said: "I have been blind since the age of five, so I
>>>>> never got to try for a driver's license or drive a car without
>>>>> another person telling
>>>>> me which way to steer.  The NFB's leadership in the Blind Driver
>>>>> Challenge(tm) has taken something almost everyone believed was an
>>>>> impossible dream and
>>>>> turned it into reality.  I am looking forward to getting behind the
>>>>> wheel and demonstrating to the world that being blind does not
>>>>> prevent me from engaging
>>>>> in any activity I choose as long as I am able to get the information
>>>>> I need.  This will be a truly historic occasion for my blind brothers
>>>>> and sisters
>>>>> and for America, and I am humbled and proud to be part of it."
>>>>> Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind,
>>>>> said: "The sight of a blind individual driving a vehicle without
>>>>> assistance from a sighted
>>>>> person will shake the foundation of public misconceptions about
>>>>> blindness and blind people by showing that even tasks that are
>>>>> thought to require vision
>>>>> are possible if a blind person has access to information in a
>>>>> nonvisual way.  Vision is not a requirement for success.  Capacity,
>>>>> imagination, and determination
>>>>> are all that is needed, and blind people have all of these qualities."
>>>>> Mr. Riccobono was the first director of the Wisconsin Center for the
>>>>> Blind and Visually Impaired, a state agency that serves Wisconsin's
>>>>> blind children.
>>>>> Since coming to the headquarters of the National Federation of the
>>>>> Blind in 2003, he has spearheaded many initiatives, including
>>>>> educational programs designed
>>>>> to engage blind youth in the fields of science, technology,
>>>>> engineering, and mathematics.  He currently serves as executive
>>>>> director of the NFB Jernigan
>>>>> Institute.  He and his wife Melissa, who has worked as a school
>>>>> counselor and serves as president of the Maryland affiliate of the
>>>>> NFB, live in Baltimore
>>>>> with their two small children, Austin and Oriana.
>>>>> The NFB Blind Driver Challenge(tm) is a research project of the
>>>>> National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute-the only research
>>>>> and training facility
>>>>> on blindness operated by the blind.  The Jernigan Institute
>>>>> challenged universities, technology developers, and other interested
>>>>> innovators to establish
>>>>> NFB Blind Driver Challenge(tm) (BDC) teams, in collaboration with the
>>>>> NFB, to build interface technologies that will empower blind people
>>>>> to drive a car
>>>>> independently.  The purpose of the NFB Blind Driver Challenge(tm) is
>>>>> to stimulate the development of nonvisual interface technology.  The
>>>>> Virginia Tech/TORC
>>>>> NFB BDC team, under the direction of Dr. Dennis Hong, Director of the
>>>>> Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech., is the only
>>>>> team that has accepted
>>>>> the challenge.  The team uses the ByWire XGV(tm) developed by TORC
>>>>> technologies as the research platform for the development and testing
>>>>> of the nonvisual
>>>>> interface technologies that allow a blind person to drive.
>>>>> For more information about the NFB, please visit
>>>>> www.nfb.org.
>>>>>  For our digital news release about the Blind Driver Challenge(tm)
>>>>> and the debut of the BDC car at the Rolex 24, including audio and
>>>>> video clips for television
>>>>> and radio, please visit
>>>>> www.DigitalNewsRelease.com/?q=NFB_CarKit.
>>>>>
>>>>> ###
>>>>>
>>>>> About the National Federation of the Blind
>>>>> With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind
>>>>> is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind
>>>>> people in the United
>>>>> States.  The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy,
>>>>> education, research, technology, and programs encouraging
>>>>> independence and self-confidence.
>>>>> It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of
>>>>> the nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the National
>>>>> Federation of the
>>>>> Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in
>>>>> the United States for the blind led by the blind.
>>>>>
>>>>>
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>> jeff crouch
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