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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1994
It was to be an epic voyage.Hank Dekker, a sailor blinded by glaucoma in 1978, would travel -- alone -- 3,400 miles across the perilous Atlantic to Britain.The voyage, intended to demonstrate the courage, ingenuity and skill of the blind, began July 29, sponsored in part by $50,000 from the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind.But the gods did not smile on this extraordinary voyage.Today, Mr. Dekker, 59, and the federation are in federal courts here and in New Jersey, locked in a conflict with all the fury of a North Atlantic storm.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1994
It was to be an epic voyage.Hank Dekker, a sailor blinded by glaucoma in 1978, would travel -- alone -- 3,400 miles across the perilous Atlantic to Britain.The voyage, intended to demonstrate the courage, ingenuity and skill of the blind, began July 29, sponsored in part by $50,000 from the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind.But the gods did not smile on this extraordinary voyage.Today, Mr. Dekker, 59, and the federation are in federal courts here and in New Jersey, locked in a conflict with all the fury of a North Atlantic storm.
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By Sloane Brown | November 28, 1999
Flash! The newsies were out in force for "Newsline Night '99" at the National Federation of the Blind headquarters in South Baltimore.Katharine Graham of the Washington Post spoke to the black-tie bunch about her years in the news biz. And Mike Waller, publisher and CEO of The Baltimore Sun, and Tom Curley, publisher and president of USA Today, were each honored for their contributions to Newsline, the electronic telephone system that NFB uses to deliver more...
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1998
Want to feel and see a Braille watch? Hear the news read from any section of a daily newspaper? Hear a machine tell you whether your bill is $1 or $5?The National Federation of the Blind will hold a free two-hour tour of its International Braille and Technology Center, 1800 Johnson St. in Federal Hill, at 9 a.m. Saturday."People are surprised at what we have here," said Patricia Maurer, the federation's director of community relations, who will lead the tour. "Whether they're sighted or blind, it's great encouragement to them."
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July 24, 1993
At the Inner Harbor on Monday, Hank Dekker will unfurl a big hunk of canvass to create a vibrant message, but he's no artist.He's a sailor. He's also blind. And when he sets off from Baltimore to England to accomplish the first solo passage of the Atlantic by a blind person, he wants to embolden other blind people and to sensitize the sighted world. The 58-year-old Californian wants to complete the 3,450-mile crossing in three weeks. He has twice crossed the Pacific solo, the only blind sailor to accomplish that feat.
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By Eric Siegel X | October 17, 1991
A Baltimore-based advocacy group critical of the portrayal of a blind man on the ABC sitcom "Good & Evil" has called off plans to dump Lipton tea into New York harbor following an announcement by the beverage's parent company that it would no longer advertise on the show.But members of the National Federation of the Blind picketed outside the ABC offices in New York and Washington yesterday afternoon and last night in a continuation of a month-long effort to get the network to take the show off the air."
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By Marc Maurer | April 14, 2009
I love to read, and I've been doing it ever since I was able. My wife is also an avid reader. But my wife and I are blind, and we can't get our hands on very much to read. There are services for us, of course. Government entities and nonprofit organizations convert books into Braille, audio, or digital form for our use. But only 5 percent of all books published undergo such a conversion. A few more are available as commercial audio books, but these are often abridged, and those that are unabridged are quite expensive.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1996
The Maryland School for the Blind -- criticized for questionable spending of public funds -- would have an independent board of directors to monitor its use of $10 million received annually from the state, under legislation before the General Assembly.A large turnout is expected today in Annapolis, where the bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee."The school has for a long time spent a lot of public money without much public accountability," said Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2001
In a major step toward independence for the visually impaired, the National Federation of the Blind is to break ground today on the country's first international research and training center -- developed and managed by blind people. The $18 million, 170,000- square-foot National Research and Training Institute for the Blind -- to be constructed next to the National Federation's headquarters on Johnson Street -- will provide advanced speech and Braille technology, educational and research space, a 100-seat auditorium and a literary archive.
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