[Nfbnet-members-list] 2011 Imagination Fund Blind Driver Experience

Laney, Ann-Marie ALaney at nfb.org
Fri Mar 18 01:54:58 UTC 2011

2011 Imagination Fund
Blind Driver Experience

The Blind Driver Challenge™ of the National 
Federation of the Blind reached an important 
milestone on January 29, 2011, when the first 
public demonstration of a blind person 
independently operating an automobile using 
nonvisual interfaces was successfully held at the 
Daytona International Speedway. This achievement 
comes from the commitment and dedication of 
Federationists across the country. Whether it is 
our Blind Driver Challenge™, our education 
programs, or any of the other dozens of programs 
and services provided by the Federation at the 
local or national level, it always begins with 
gathering the resources required to build our dreams for the future.

The NFB Imagination Fund is a primary source for 
the financial resources that we need to build new 
programs. Those who help to collect those 
resources have the satisfaction of contributing 
to our future success. At our National Convention 
in Orlando, Florida, those who help raise 
considerable resources for the NFB Imagination 
Fund will also get to have their own Blind Driver Experience.

What is the Blind Driver Experience?
    * An incredible opportunity for you and up to 
three of your friends to ride in the Blind Driver 
Challenge™ car (the same car that was driven on 
the famed Daytona International Speedway) while 
it is driven by a skilled blind driver
    * An exclusive occasion to witness, up close, 
the nonvisual access technology that makes it 
possible for a blind person to drive while 
experiencing a ride in the second generation Blind Driver vehicle
    * A unique chance to dialogue with a trained 
blind driver about the technology, the experience 
of testing the technology, and future interfaces for blind driving

Thirty of this year’s Imaginators will have the 
honor of participating in the Blind Driver 
Experience during the convention. The top ten 
Imaginators in overall dollars raised will 
automatically be selected to participate. The 
remaining twenty spots will be drawn at random 
from the pool of individuals who raised at least 
$1,000 and who plan to be in attendance at the convention.

In order to be eligible to participate in the 
Blind Driver Experience you must:
    * Register for the Race for Independence 
(www.raceforindependence.org, or call 410-659-9314 ext. 2371)
    * Raise at least $1,000 or more no later than June 15, 2011
    * Register for the 2011 National Convention
    * If selected, be available at the appointed 
time during the convention (participating 
individuals will be assigned a ride time on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 5)

The Blind Driver Experience is well earned 
recognition and a well deserved celebration of 
your involvement in helping build opportunities 
for all blind people through your active 
participation in the NFB Imagination Fund.

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