Congressional Briefing on Release of Landmark Study of Blind Adults in the U.S.

Think Tank for Women & Families Releases the First Study of Blind Adults in U.S.

Members of Congress, Senior Official from Health and Human Services, Researcher and Advocate to Participate

Washington, D.C. – The National Research Center for Women & Families, in cooperation with the Congressional Women’s Caucus and the Congressional Vision Caucus, will release a new report based on the first study ever conducted on all blind adults in the U.S.

The prevalence of blindness is increasing. Americans are living longer than ever before, and as baby boomers age, the public health implications become staggering. Obesity is also part of the problem, since obesity increases the rate of diabetes, which can lead to vision loss. As a result, millions of Americans are at risk to lose their vision.

The new report, “Blind Adults in America: Their Lives and Challenges,” which is based on the study, will be released at the briefing in hard copy and CD. Advance copies of the report are available.

What: Breakfast briefing on the first national study ever conducted on the daily lives of blind Americans
Where: Capitol Hill, 1310 Longworth House Office Building When: Thursday, February 26, 9:00 – 10:00 AM Featuring:

Co-Chairs of the Congressional Vision Caucus: The Honorable Gene Green and The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Margaret Giannini, M.D., Director, Office on Disability, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D., President, The National Research Center for Women & Families

Author of the report, “Blind Adults in America: Their Lives and Challenges”

Ms. Betsy Paull O’Connell, President of the Board, Aid Association for the Blind of Washington D.C.

Jim Dickson, Vice President for Government Affairs, American Association of People With Disabilities


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