The blind can drive too

A blind man won’t be taking a stab in the dark when he takes to the wheel as part of a special project developed by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

The US organization announced today that Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who works with technology research and education programs, is to drive a car in public - the first blind person to do so.

The sightless executive will be installed behind the wheel of a special Ford Escape hybrid, fitted with technology that allows blind people to drive without assistance.

The man said: ‘I have been blind since the age of five, so I never got to try for a driver's licence or drive a car without another person telling me which way to steer. The NFB's leadership in the Blind Driver Challenge has taken something almost everyone believed was an impossible dream and turned it into reality. I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel and demonstrating to the world that being blind does not prevent me from engaging in any activity I choose as long as I am able to get the information I need. This will be a truly historic occasion for my blind brothers and sisters and for America, and I am humbled and proud to be part of it.’

The event forms part of a demonstration scheduled to take place before the Rolex 24 race at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

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