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American Foundation for the Blind Expands AFB Technology and Employment Center at Huntington West Virginia

Facility at the Forefront of Accessible Technology Research Adds Key Technology Experts

For Immediate Release

Contact:

David Todd
AFB TECH
(304) 633-5798
dgtodd@earthlink.net

Gabriella Smith-Coventry
AFB Communications Group
(212) 502-7654
gsmith@afb.net

Huntington, WV—On September 15, 2003, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is expanding its AFB Technology and Employment Center at Huntington, WV (AFB TECH). The addition of technology experts Jay Stiteley, Director of the AFB National Technology Program, and James Denham, AFB National Program Associate in Technology, creates a centralized hub for AFB's innovative technology efforts. Stiteley and Denham—both of whom are visually impaired—are relocating from AFB's Midwest office in Chicago, which had shared responsibility for the administration of the AFB National Technology Program with AFB TECH since the Huntington facility's inception in 2002.

"The exciting and energizing changes that will be brought about by the expansion of AFB TECH cannot be overstated," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "For the first time, the staff of our National Technology Program will be under one roof, allowing us to better focus our efforts and resources as we work to ensure that blind or visually impaired people have equal access to information and technology-based products and services."

Said Mark Uslan, AFB TECH managing director, "AFB TECH is leading the way in making sure that mainstream technology products—cell phones, PDAs, computers and computer software, medical devices such as insulin pumps and blood glucose monitors for diabetics, even voting machines—are accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Jay Stiteley and Jim Denham, long recognized in the blindness field for their broad knowledge of technology, will give AFB TECH even greater expertise to draw upon as we work with technology manufacturers and providers toward this goal."

The American Foundation for the Blind established AFB TECH to ensure that blind or visually impaired people understand and have access to the latest developments in technology, and to pilot novel solutions to the employment crisis among those who are blind or visually impaired. AFB TECH houses two of AFB's highest-impact programs, the Product Evaluation Laboratory, and the Internet-based employment center CareerConnect™.

The American Foundation for the Blind—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate the inequities faced by the 10 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired. Visit AFB online at www.afb.org.

September 2003

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