[nfb-talk] National Federation of the Blind to Exhibit at Consumer Electronics Show
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Tue Jan 6 02:29:16 UTC 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Relations Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
cdanielsen at nfb.org
National Federation of the Blind to Exhibit at Consumer Electronics Show
Exhibit Will Highlight Products Blind People Can Use
Baltimore, Maryland (January 5, 2009): The National Federation of the
Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the
United States, in partnership with the Sendero Group, will exhibit at
the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 6-11,
2009, in Las Vegas. The CES, the largest technology showcase in the
world, will feature a booth sponsored by the National Federation of the
Blind and the Sendero Group that highlights "vision free"
products-mainstream products that blind people can use independently.
The NFB and the Sendero Group will be manning the booth along with
internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. The Sendero
Group is the developer of the first accessible GPS and talking map, and
one of the products that will be featured at the booth is their new
Mobile Geo, an accessible GPS program for cell phones and PDAs.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind,
said: "Many new consumer electronics and home appliances are designed
with visual displays and interfaces that make it extremely difficult and
in some cases impossible for the blind to use them independently.
critical that blind people have access to all features of mainstream
products and technology with the same ease of use as the sighted.
Consumer Electronics Show is an important opportunity to reach out to
manufacturers and encourage them to create accessible products.
Creating technology that is accessible to and usable by blind people is
not difficult, and it is essential if the blind are to be independent,
Representatives from the National Federation of the Blind and the
Sendero Group, along with Stevie Wonder, will be at the Sands Expo and
Convention Center, in booth 72044 during the Consumer Electronics Show.
For more information about accessible technology or the National
Federation of the Blind, please visit
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. Please visit our Web site:
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