NEW YORK, NY (November 12, 2008)—Blind and visually impaired children from the New York City area will learn about the history and techniques of the ancient sport of Judo from Paralympic Team Member, Andre Watson, and the 2008 Paralympic Judo Team Leader, Marc Vink, on Saturday, November 15, 2008, at Modern Martial Arts in Manhattan. This event is sponsored by FamilyConnect™—the national multimedia web resource for parents of children with visual impairments located at and developed by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)—and the Blind Judo Foundation—a non-profit which serves to promote Judo to the blind and visually impaired community.

Saturday’s event will focus on the Olympic sport of Judo—a system of self-defense, and physical and mental discipline that aims to develop self-confidence, character, and independence in life. Attendees will be given a description of the history of Judo and an opportunity to participate in a hands-on Judo demonstration. They will learn the basics of body awareness and how to properly and securely fall; understand the importance of balance and its role in the sport; and discover how the physical capacities of Judo permit better adaptation to every day life. In addition, the children and their families will see the important roles exercise, mental focus, and sportsmanship play in empowering children who are blind or visually impaired to reach their full potential. To reserve your spot, contact Jeanette Christie at (718) 519-7000, ext. 127, or

WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 1:00 PM—4:00 PM

WHERE: Modern Martial Arts, 780 8th Avenue (between 47th & 48th Sts), New York, NY


About FamilyConnect™
FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. The site also features a mom-authored blog, inspiring video testimonials from families, and articles authored by parents and experts in the field of blindness on multiple disabilities, technology, education, and more. From the personal to the professional, families will find all the resources they need to raise their children from birth to adulthood. FamilyConnect is generously supported by grants from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc. and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Morgan Stanley.

About the Blind Judo Foundation
The Blind Judo Foundation was created to promote the sport of Judo to the Blind and Visually Impaired community creating a level playing field not only on the Judo mat but in the competition of life itself. Our Mission is to provide professional development activities, information and educational resources for Coaches on “how-to” work with Visually Impaired students. We educate Foundations, Organizations, Societies, Federations and low vision networks about the physical, psychological, emotional and productive benefits of Judo. The Foundation provides funding to deserving students for sustained training and memberships in various organizations to include USABA and USAJudo with a potential to join the US Paralympic Judo Team. Learn more at

Caitlin McFeely