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Major Corporations, Business and Political Leaders Honored at the 2006 Helen Keller Achievement Awards

NEW YORK (May 23, 2006)—Last night two corporations, a United States Senator and a renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist were honored with the American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Award for their extraordinary efforts to improve the quality of life for people with vision loss.

"The Helen Keller Achievement Awards honor people who have made incredible strides for people with vision loss," said Carl R. Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "The 2006 award winners have expanded possibilities for millions of people all over the world, and we are thrilled to recognize their important work."

This year's awards were presented to Cisco Systems, Inc., for being an industry leader in making their products accessible for people with vision loss; Standard Chartered Bank, North America, for their notable efforts to raise funds for blindness around the world; John E. Sununu, United States Senator, New Hampshire, for advocating for standardizing national coverage under Medicare for services provided in-home by specialists trained to provide vision rehabilitation services; and Bernard A. Newcomb, co-founder, E*Trade Financial Corporation, for being an exemplary role model for persons with vision loss.

The black tie gala, held at the New York Marriott Marquis, marked the 13th annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards.

Helen Keller was AFB's spokesperson and goodwill ambassador for more than forty years until her death in 1968. The Helen Keller Achievement Awards were established by AFB in 1994 to acknowledge her extraordinary efforts and promote the notable achievements of individuals and organizations that have improved the quality of life for all people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Media contact:
Adrianna Montague-Gray
212.502.7675
amontaguegray@afb.net

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