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Prows, Bennett (HHS/OCR) Bennett.Prows at HHS.GOV
Fri Oct 14 08:53:20 CDT 2011


>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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>CONTACT:

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>Chris Danielsen

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>Director of Public Relations

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>National Federation of the Blind

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>(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

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>(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

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><mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>

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>National Federation of the Blind Announces Second Teacher of Tomorrow

>Class

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>Program Offers Teachers of Blind Students Opportunity to Learn about

>Blindness from Blind People

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>Baltimore, Maryland (October 13, 2011): The National Federation of the

>Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people, today

>announced the 2011 class for its

><http://www.teachblindstudents.org/>NFB Teacher of Tomorrow program.

>This program provides participants an opportunity to enhance their

>educational experience by learning about blindness from successful

>blind adults, parents of blind children, and blind students.

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>Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind,

>said: "We are pleased to welcome the 2011 class of this critically

>important program.  Blind children today are facing many obstacles, a

>good many of them due to the misinformation and stereotypes about

>blindness that abound in today's society.  The Teacher of Tomorrow

>program connects teachers of blind students with blind people, offering

>teachers an invaluable opportunity to learn about the true nature of

>blindness.  Together we can ensure that blind children are given the

>best education possible."

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>The class of 2011 is as follows:

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>    * Deborah Adams, Marshall University

>    * Elizabeth Asher, Portland State University

>    * Santosh Bommera, University of South Carolina

>    * Channing Bond, Florida State University

>    * Emily Coleman, Portland State University

>    * Connie Craft, Louisiana Tech University

>    * Susan Cranker, State University of New York-Potsdam

>    * Michael Dickneite, Portland State University

>    * Jodi Dowell, Marshall University

>    * Tina Foster, Marshall University

>    * Katie Godby, University of Louisville

>    * Stacey Hildenbrand, University of Louisville

>    * Jeannette Isaacson, Portland State University

>    * Stacy Jena, Northern Illinois University

>    * Christopher Kliks, Portland State University

>    * Nancy Lentz, Salus University

>    * Lisa Long, Portland State University

>    * Sheena Manuel, Louisiana Tech University

>    * Sheila Martin, Portland State University

>    * Shelley McCoy, Ohio State University

>    * Bryan Moles, Northern Illinois University

>    * Karlestrina Pettigrew, Salus University

>    * Grace Quinones, Salus University

>    * LaToya Shumate, North Carolina Central University

>    * Theresa Smith, Salus University

>    * Matthew Stewart, Marshall University

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>One of the leading objectives of the Teacher of Tomorrow program is to

>share methods on how to discuss blindness with students and how to best

>encourage them to develop positive attitudes about blindness.  This

>program also exposes participants to the latest in instructional

>strategies, access technology, and countless blindness resources.

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>For more information about the Teacher of Tomorrow program, please

>contact Rosy Carranza by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2283, or by

>e-mail at <mailto:rcarranza at nfb.org>rcarranza at nfb.org<mailto:rcarranza at nfb.org>, or visit

>www.teachblindstudents.org<http://www.teachblindstudents.org>.

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>About the National Federation of the Blind

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>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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