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.
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The National Federation of the Blind’s Blind Driver Challenge-an innovative effort to create a nonvisual interface that empowers a blind person to operate an automobile-received the 2010 Application of the Year Award at the National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Awards ceremony held during the NIWeek annual conference in Austin, Texas. In response to a challenge issued by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) , students and researchers at Virginia Tech – using National Instruments (NI) technology – developed a semi-autonomous vehicle that allows a blind driver to successfully navigate, control speed, and avoid collision while traversing a closed driving course.
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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Michigan will again take to the streets of Lansing on Thursday, May 20, to protest what it feels is an atmosphere of cover-up, secrecy, and intimidation by Patrick Cannon, director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind.
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Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, addressed staff at the Library of Congress today focusing on the need for digital information to be made available to the blind.
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In an effort to raise awareness of the traffic laws that assist blind pedestrians in their safe and independent travel – commonly known as the White Cane Law – The East Hillsborough Chapter (FL) has created a series of public service announcements (PSAs).
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The NFB and the ACB filed suit against Arizona State University to prevent discrimination towards blind students.
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