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American Foundation for the Blind Announces Call for Nominations for 2009 Access Awards

New York, NY (July 25, 2008)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announces the invitation for nominations for its 2009 Access Awards. The Access Awards honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that are eliminating or substantially reducing inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. The awards will be presented on March 5, during the 2009 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI) at the Washington Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC.

Nominations for the AFB Access Awards should illustrate an exceptional and innovative effort that has improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by enhancing access to information, the environment, technology, education, or employment, including making mainstream products and services accessible. The effort should be one that has a national impact or can be a model for replication on a national level. Additional information about the Access Awards and past honorees can be found on the Access Awards section of AFB's web site.

Letters of nomination addressing the above criteria should be sent to Darren Burton at, or mailed to: Darren Burton, AFB, 2009 Access Awards Committee, 949 Third Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia 25701.

Nominations must be received no later than Friday, September 26, 2008. Product brochures, patent applications, and other materials of support substantiating the nomination should also be postmarked by the above date. Materials submitted in support of a nomination will not be returned.


Media Contact: Caitlin McFeely

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