Danny Glover Hosts National Achievement Awards Gala Honoring Students With Disabilities And Others Supporting Accessible Education

Actor with Dyslexia Presents Awards to Students, Congressman C.W. Bill Young

Of Florida and RFB&D Volunteer of the Year on 30 April in New York City



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

    PRINCETON, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed actor Danny Glover
 (Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple) presented Recording for the Blind &
 Dyslexic's National Achievement Awards tonight at The Essex House in New York
 City to six students with print disabilities; to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young of
 Florida, and to RFB&D's first Volunteer of the Year.
     The Achievement Awards include the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic
 Achievement Award (SAA), announced in June and awarded to three blind or
 visually impaired college seniors, and the Marion Huber Learning Through
 Listening Award (LTL), also announced in June and presented to three high
 school seniors with learning disabilities.  The SAA and LTL award winners are
 selected based on their scholarship, leadership, enterprise and service to
 others.
     "Our National Achievement Awards recognize the accomplishments of students
 who have used diversity and disability to reinforce character and motivation,"
 said Richard O. Scribner, RFB&D's president & CEO.  "They are role models not
 only for people with disabilities but for all of us who endeavor to reach our
 full potential as students and citizens."
     Also part of the NAA event is the Enabling America Award recognizing
 individual or corporate entities that demonstrate significant commitment to
 making education and opportunity accessible to all students, regardless of
 disability.
     "Congressman Young has been a valiant champion of students with print
 disabilities throughout his public service career, and provided leadership and
 resources to significantly expand RFB&D's educational outreach and digital
 recording programs," Scribner said.
     In addition to the SAA, LTL and Enabling America Award, this year, RFB&D
 also announced Virginia Perce of Southbury, Connecticut as its first Volunteer
 of the Year.
     Princeton-based RFB&D is the nation's first and largest nonprofit provider
 of accessible textbooks and educational materials for students of all ages who
 cannot read effectively because of a disability including visual impairment, a
 learning disability or another physical disability.  RFB&D maintains a library
 of 83,000 textbook titles in every subject area and grade level.  Last year, a
 quarter of a million books were circulated among RFB&D's 91,000 members in
 kindergarten through graduate school.
     NAA winners honored at The Essex House this evening include:
 
     Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award
     Michelle Bruns, Chula Vista, CA: Michelle is an alumna of University of
 Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX), and now a graduate student at Tulane University in
 New Orleans.  Experiences as a congressional intern, a nursing home intern and
 volunteer work with terminally ill children helped to hone her social work
 skills and her philosophy on life.
     Jasmin Sethi, Elmwood Park, NJ:  Jasmin completed her undergraduate
 studies at Harvard University where she graduated with a 3.8 GPA.  A former
 intern for the White House Council of Economic Advisors, Jasmin is now
 pursuing graduate studies at the London School of Economics.
     Samantha Shlakman, New City, NY:  Samantha is the first blind medical
 student ever enrolled at The George Washington University.  After earning a
 bachelor's degree in anthropology at the university where she made the dean's
 list and volunteered as a physician's assistant.  Samantha is now considering
 a career in neuro-psychiatry.
 
     Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award
     Kate Adams, Houston, TX:  Now a pre-med student at Dartmouth College,
 Kate's dyslexia went undiagnosed until she was in 10th grade.  With help from
 RFB&D, Kate graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
 with a 4.4 GPA.
     Peter Lockett, Washington, DC: A graduate of the Maret School in
 Washington, DC, Peter is now enrolled at Brown University as an engineering
 major.  While excelling at his studies, Peter is also an award-winning
 baseball player and has been an effective spokesman for RFB&D.
     Nicole Tarzia, Pembroke, MA: Nicole, who has cerebral palsy, graduated
 from high school with a 3.9 GPA in spite of doctors' early assessments that
 she would never succeed in school.  A member of the National Honor Society in
 high school, Nicole is now attending Bridgewater State College (MA) where she
 has a double major in elementary education and social work.
 
     Enabling America Award
     U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Florida: United States Representative C.W. Bill
 Young is an accomplished legislator from Florida's 10th congressional
 district.  He has been a voice for all students and has worked hard to ensure
 federal funding for RFB&D and other resources for students with disabilities.
 He is the senior member of the Florida congressional delegation and Chairman
 of the House Appropriations Committee.  He has provided leadership on a number
 of causes central to people with print disabilities.  He has been a key
 advocate for resources to expand RFB&D's educational outreach program and to
 support RFB&D's transition from analog to digital recording.  In total, under
 Representative Young's leadership, the Appropriations Committee has provided
 more than $23 million for this work.
 
     Volunteer of the Year Award
     Virginia Perce, Southbury, CT has spent a total of 44 years volunteering
 at three RFB&D units.  A radio announcement about RFB&D's Illinois unit
 needing readers caught her attention and her devotion to RFB&D was born.
 After over a decade with the Illinois unit, she served for more than 20 years
 at RFB&D's New York unit after her family relocated to the East Coast.  She
 has been with the Connecticut unit in New Haven for a dozen years, commuting
 one hour each way and comes in two days each week.
 
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    PRINCETON, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed actor Danny Glover
 (Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple) presented Recording for the Blind &
 Dyslexic's National Achievement Awards tonight at The Essex House in New York
 City to six students with print disabilities; to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young of
 Florida, and to RFB&D's first Volunteer of the Year.
     The Achievement Awards include the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic
 Achievement Award (SAA), announced in June and awarded to three blind or
 visually impaired college seniors, and the Marion Huber Learning Through
 Listening Award (LTL), also announced in June and presented to three high
 school seniors with learning disabilities.  The SAA and LTL award winners are
 selected based on their scholarship, leadership, enterprise and service to
 others.
     "Our National Achievement Awards recognize the accomplishments of students
 who have used diversity and disability to reinforce character and motivation,"
 said Richard O. Scribner, RFB&D's president & CEO.  "They are role models not
 only for people with disabilities but for all of us who endeavor to reach our
 full potential as students and citizens."
     Also part of the NAA event is the Enabling America Award recognizing
 individual or corporate entities that demonstrate significant commitment to
 making education and opportunity accessible to all students, regardless of
 disability.
     "Congressman Young has been a valiant champion of students with print
 disabilities throughout his public service career, and provided leadership and
 resources to significantly expand RFB&D's educational outreach and digital
 recording programs," Scribner said.
     In addition to the SAA, LTL and Enabling America Award, this year, RFB&D
 also announced Virginia Perce of Southbury, Connecticut as its first Volunteer
 of the Year.
     Princeton-based RFB&D is the nation's first and largest nonprofit provider
 of accessible textbooks and educational materials for students of all ages who
 cannot read effectively because of a disability including visual impairment, a
 learning disability or another physical disability.  RFB&D maintains a library
 of 83,000 textbook titles in every subject area and grade level.  Last year, a
 quarter of a million books were circulated among RFB&D's 91,000 members in
 kindergarten through graduate school.
     NAA winners honored at The Essex House this evening include:
 
     Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award
     Michelle Bruns, Chula Vista, CA: Michelle is an alumna of University of
 Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX), and now a graduate student at Tulane University in
 New Orleans.  Experiences as a congressional intern, a nursing home intern and
 volunteer work with terminally ill children helped to hone her social work
 skills and her philosophy on life.
     Jasmin Sethi, Elmwood Park, NJ:  Jasmin completed her undergraduate
 studies at Harvard University where she graduated with a 3.8 GPA.  A former
 intern for the White House Council of Economic Advisors, Jasmin is now
 pursuing graduate studies at the London School of Economics.
     Samantha Shlakman, New City, NY:  Samantha is the first blind medical
 student ever enrolled at The George Washington University.  After earning a
 bachelor's degree in anthropology at the university where she made the dean's
 list and volunteered as a physician's assistant.  Samantha is now considering
 a career in neuro-psychiatry.
 
     Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award
     Kate Adams, Houston, TX:  Now a pre-med student at Dartmouth College,
 Kate's dyslexia went undiagnosed until she was in 10th grade.  With help from
 RFB&D, Kate graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
 with a 4.4 GPA.
     Peter Lockett, Washington, DC: A graduate of the Maret School in
 Washington, DC, Peter is now enrolled at Brown University as an engineering
 major.  While excelling at his studies, Peter is also an award-winning
 baseball player and has been an effective spokesman for RFB&D.
     Nicole Tarzia, Pembroke, MA: Nicole, who has cerebral palsy, graduated
 from high school with a 3.9 GPA in spite of doctors' early assessments that
 she would never succeed in school.  A member of the National Honor Society in
 high school, Nicole is now attending Bridgewater State College (MA) where she
 has a double major in elementary education and social work.
 
     Enabling America Award
     U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Florida: United States Representative C.W. Bill
 Young is an accomplished legislator from Florida's 10th congressional
 district.  He has been a voice for all students and has worked hard to ensure
 federal funding for RFB&D and other resources for students with disabilities.
 He is the senior member of the Florida congressional delegation and Chairman
 of the House Appropriations Committee.  He has provided leadership on a number
 of causes central to people with print disabilities.  He has been a key
 advocate for resources to expand RFB&D's educational outreach program and to
 support RFB&D's transition from analog to digital recording.  In total, under
 Representative Young's leadership, the Appropriations Committee has provided
 more than $23 million for this work.
 
     Volunteer of the Year Award
     Virginia Perce, Southbury, CT has spent a total of 44 years volunteering
 at three RFB&D units.  A radio announcement about RFB&D's Illinois unit
 needing readers caught her attention and her devotion to RFB&D was born.
 After over a decade with the Illinois unit, she served for more than 20 years
 at RFB&D's New York unit after her family relocated to the East Coast.  She
 has been with the Connecticut unit in New Haven for a dozen years, commuting
 one hour each way and comes in two days each week.
 
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