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NFB President Marc Maurer Received an Honorary Doctorate From University of South Carolina Upstate

Dr. Marc Maurer, president of The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest organization of blind people in the United States, received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate at the 2010 commencement ceremony which was held on May 4, 2010.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "I am pleased and privileged to receive an honorary degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate. As president of the largest organization of blind people in the United States, I have been fortunate to play a role in many exciting and life-changing developments for blind people in America. While we have made much progress, there is still more to be done. Only 10 percent of blind children are learning Braille in this country, and this directly contributes to a 70 percent unemployment rate among blind people in the United States. I humbly accept this honor on behalf of blind Americans and pledge to work harder than ever to ensure that the blind are not left behind in today's society."

Maurer earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1977 and began focusing on representing blind individuals in the courts. A member of the bar in Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Maryland, and the Bar of the Supreme Court, Maurer is one of the most experienced lawyers in the field of civil rights and discrimination against the blind.

For more information about the National Federation of the Blind, please visit www.nfb.org.