[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Driver Challenge and How You Can Help

Freeh, Jessica JFreeh at nfb.org
Tue Jan 25 00:43:00 UTC 2011

Dear Fellow Federationists:

This is Chris Danielsen, director of public 
relations for the National Federation of the 
Blind.  As many of you know, on Saturday, January 
29, many of us will be attending the public debut 
of a car equipped with a nonvisual interface that 
will empower a blind person to drive without 
sighted assistance.  Naturally, the public 
relations office is working hard to obtain 
coverage of this historic event in as many media 
outlets as possible, including local outlets 
ranging from television stations to 
community-based newspapers.  I’m writing to ask 
if you will assist us in this publicity effort by 
contacting media outlets in your local area and 
making sure that they know about this historic 
event.  If you are planning to be in attendance 
at the Daytona International Speedway, then you 
may want to let your local media know that you 
will be a witness to the first public 
demonstration of driving by nonvisual interface 
and that you are willing to talk with them about 
your experience.  You might agree to dial in from 
the grandstand on your cell phone and talk to 
your local radio station, or to be interviewed by 
your local paper about what the NFB Blind Driver Challenge™ means to you.

There are a number of materials available at 
that can guide you in talking to local media, 
including a comprehensive set of 
Asked Questions (FAQs).  You should also take 
advantage of the press releases available in the 
Center, where you can also subscribe to have the 
latest press releases sent to you by 
e-mail.  Feel free to forward any or all of the 
press releases to members of the media.  Finally, 
if reporters request information that you cannot 
provide, don't hesitate to contact me or to have them do so.

Please watch for subsequent e-mails and continue 
to check the Blind Driver Challenge™ and NFB Web 
sites to learn more details about the event.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Daytona 
Beach as we show the world the true capacity of 
blind people to perform tasks that are thought to 
be visual, as long as we have the proper 
information and technology.  The foundation of 
many misconceptions about blind people will be 
shaken, and we will continue to make our dream of 
full independence and equality come true.


Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
200 East Wells Street
        at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: 410-659-9314, ext. 2330
Fax: 410-685-5653
Cell phone: 410-262-1281
E-mail: <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org

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