Tuesday, January 25, 2011

From the archives: 'Washington Post' covers Blind Driver Challenge

As we draw closer to the Rolex24 public demo of the second-generation Blind Driver Challenge vehicle at the Daytona Motor Speedway, let's take a quick look back at the highlights of this great journey, a Race for Independence. The date: July 31, 2009. The place: The University of Maryland campus, College Park, Md. The event: More than a dozen youth and several adult counselors participating in the National Federation of the Blind's 2009 Youth Slam Camp became among the first to drive the Blind Driver Challenge car.

Among the media that came to see this historic, uplifting event was "The Washington Post." Here is their report on the day's events, including a text story, photo slide show and a video, featuring Anil Lewis' now famous "Blind man driving!" shout of joy.

Image: A youth participant in the NFB's summer camp takes the wheel. In the passenger seat is Greg Jannaman, a then-Virginia Tech senior who led the Blind Driver Challenge student team. He since has graduated.


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