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MEDIA ADVISORY: AFB Award Ceremony Recognizes Extraordinary Contributions to the Blindness Field  

Members of Congress, CSI Actor, and Major Corporations Slated to Attend the Capitol Hill Event


The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) will recognize Apple Inc., the National Broadcasting Reading Service, Diagnostic Devices, Inc., and Mike May and The Sendero Group with a 2009 Access Award for expanding access to modern day technologies for people with vision loss. During the ceremony, Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. Edward Markey will be presented the Migel Medal—the highest award in the field of blindness—for a lifetime of pioneering work on behalf of the rights of people with disabilities. In addition, Judy Dixon will receive the Gallagher Award for being an outstanding role model for people with vision loss. For more information on the award recipients, visit


Special guests include Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA); Representative Edward Markey (D, MA-7); Actor Robert David Hall, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Mike Shebanek, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Worldwide Product Marketing, Apple Inc.; Cathy Novelli, Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs, Apple Inc.; Josh Tenuta, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Apple Inc; Jerry Munden, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Diagnostic Devices, Inc.; Arlene Patterson, Director, VoicePrint Operations, The National Broadcast Reading Service; Mike May, President/CEO, The Sendero Group; and Judy Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer, The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.


Senate Hart Office Building, Room 902


Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 5:00 pm

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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online at

For more information, contact:
Caitlin McFeely
American Foundation for the Blind

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