Washington, DC February 3, 2010 -- Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D®), the nation’s largest provider of educational audio textbooks, today honored six outstanding students with print disabilities at its 50th annual National Achievement Awards celebration.
In addition to receiving cash prizes of $6,000, the award winners and their families will meet with Members of Congress at a Congressional reception held on Capitol Hill in their honor.
Since 1959, RFB&D has honored exceptional students through the privately endowed Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA) for college seniors who are blind or visually impaired. The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening® Awards (LTL®) were instituted in 1991 for high school seniors with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Students are recognized for their extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise and service to others. Hundreds of students apply each year and are selected by volunteer committees of educators and professionals.
All of these students have thrived on their education paths thanks in part to their extensive use of audio textbooks and assistive technology provided by RFB&D. This year’s winners include:
For full biographies of these NAA winners, visit http://www.rfbd.org/naa50 and click on the student photos.
About Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®:
Founded in 1948, RFB&D serves more than 250,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other disability. RFB&D's collection of nearly 60,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads, various assistive technology devices, and CD – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 6,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the books, which students rely on to achieve educational success.
RFB&D, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit www.rfbd.org.
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