Freedom Scientific and Microsoft to Launch PAC Mate, The First-Ever Pocket PC for People Who Are Blind

When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 9–10 a.m. EDT

Who: Glen Gordon, chief technology officer, Freedom Scientific Inc.

Lee Hamilton, president and CEO, Freedom Scientific

W. Roy Grizzard Jr., Ed.D., assistant secretary, Office of Disability Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Madelyn Bryant McIntire, director, Accessible Technology Group, Microsoft Corp.

What: The official launch of the PAC Mate from Freedom Scientific, a high-end PDA for people who are blind that is equivalent to Pocket PC devices for sighted users and supports the same third-party applications. Built on the Microsoft® Windows®
CE Platform and tightly interwoven with Microsoft Pocket PC applications, the PAC Mate allows individuals who are blind to make the most of their time whether they are at their desk or on the go.

The PAC Mate promises to play a key role in empowering people with disabilities to maintain and secure meaningful employment. Today, an estimated 70 percent of the 54 million people living with disabilities in the United States are unemployed.

Visuals: On-site demonstrations of the PAC Mate

Historical presentation on the evolution of technology solutions for people who are blind

Where: National Press Club Ballroom

529 14th St. NW

Washington, DC 20045

Metro Stop: Metro Center

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