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NFB helps blind mother on " Three Wishes" November 4th at 9:00pm Eastern!

From Joanne Wilson

Please watch an exciting program, Three Wishes, on November 4th, 2005 at 9:00 PM Eastern and tell your friends to watch too! This is of particular interest to us because it focuses on the NFB helping a blind woman learn skills to help her take care of her baby daughter.

Additionally, after watching the show, let NBC know how much you appreciated and enjoyed the show. Please email them at: nbcshows@xxxxxxxxxx

If you are interested in the show any further, please visit NBCâ ?s website for the show at:


Please read below for more information about the episode in Cedar City, Utah.

NFB and NBC's Three Wishes

This fall, NBC premiered a new primetime television program called Three Wishes. This new program has captured the attention and the hearts of television viewers nationwide. Producers of this program travel to various towns and cities in the United States and grant "Three Wishes" in that community. One episode of the program was filmed in Cedar City, Utah where a man wished that his blind wife could be more independent in caring for their baby daughter. NBC contacted the National Federation of the Blind of Utah for technical assistance in granting his wish.

After consulting with Dr. Zaborowski and Dr. Wilson of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the local Utah affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind sent a team of four blind individuals to provide consultation about blindness to the producers of NBC's Three Wishes and to provide training that would lead to higher self-esteem and more independence. Each member of the team is a graduate of the Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB) in Ruston, Louisiana. The LCB is one of three training centers sponsored and supported by the National Federation of the Blind.

The team members included:

Nick Schmittroth holds a National Orientation and Mobility Certification, is a graduate of the Louisiana Tech University O&M program, and is an employee of the Utah Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He provided orientation and mobility training.

Karl Smith, President of Axis Technology, an adaptive technology consulting
company, provided adaptive technology and training.

Rebekah Jakeman, a blind mother of two children, provided guidance on alternative techniques for caring for children and running a household as a blind person.

Ron Gardner, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah and former Director of the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University, consulted with the producers about blindness, provided Braille instruction, and conducted philosophical training to Three Wishes producers and staff to promote a positive attitude about blindness.

The training was very successful and provided hope and education not only to the blind mother and her family, but also to program producers and the residents of Cedar City, Utah. Our hope is that this positive image of blindness will be promoted across America through the NBC Three Wishes primetime television program.

Producers expect this program to air on Friday, November 4 at 9:00 PM Eastern 8:00 PM Central.

Please tune in on Friday evenings to watch Three Wishes!

This information can also be accessed at our website also:


With kind regards,

Joanne Wilson
Executive Director of Affiliate Action
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 659-9314 ext 2335 (410) 659-5129 fax jwilson@xxxxxxx

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