Decatur Chapter November Meeting
The November meeting of the Decatur chapter of the NFB of Georgia will be held the first Saturday, November 5th.
The meeting will be at the regular location, Decatur Rec: 231 Sycamore St; Decatur, Georgia 30030, from 12 PM to 2 PM.
This change of date only applies to the upcoming November meeting.
If you have any questions, or need more information, contact president Wayne High at 404-216-7408 or Vice President, Randy Malone at 470-383-0071
This is to inform everyone that the 2016 NFBGA Convention has been cancelled
due to inclement weather.
If you reserved a room at the hotel, I have been asked by the management to
advise you that the event has been cancelled by the hotel and there will be
no charge to you for this cancellation. This means that you do not have to
call to cancel your reservation because it has already been done by the
The Convention will be rescheduled, date and time to be determined. We will
inform you as information is provided.
The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the #HowEyeSeeIt challenge launched in the past month by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which has garnered considerable recent publicity. The NFB has also delivered a letter to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and NFB members are using the #HowEyeSeeIt hash tag to counter the campaign via social media.
Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
> The National Federation of the Blind is deeply concerned that the #HowEyeSeeIt challenge, as currently structured, will do lasting harm to the ability of millions of blind Americans to live the lives we want. In encouraging people who are not blind to don blindfolds and make videos of themselves attempting everyday tasks, this campaign perpetuates the fears, misconceptions, and low expectations that society has about blindness by giving those who take the challenge or view the videos an inaccurate understanding of the lived experience of blind people. In particular, suggesting that it is difficult or impossible for blind parents to care for their children is false and irresponsible. As a blind father of three children who also happens to be married to a blind person, I can say unequivocally that, with nonvisual techniques, we can, and do, capably parent thriving children every day. Yet children have been removed from the custody of blind parents solely because of misconceptions about their ability to care for them, without any actual proof of abuse or neglect, and the #HowEyeSeeIt campaign threatens to worsen this already grave problem. This is only one example of how this campaign will harm the chances of blind people, including board members and supporters of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, to live productive and happy lives.
To be clear, we have no quarrel with the Foundation Fighting Blindness or the medical research that it seeks to fund. However, we believe that this particular method of gathering support will harm the very people whom the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the National Federation of the Blind, in different but complementary ways, seek to help. I and other members of the National Federation of the Blind have told the Foundation Fighting Blindness that the perpetuation of misconceptions about, and by extension discrimination against, the blind is unacceptable, but so far we have been ignored. We therefore demand that the Foundation Fighting Blindness stop filling its coffers by spreading misconceptions and jeopardizing the dreams and aspirations of blind people.
Ensuring access to digital information is a high priority of the NFB and the nation’s blind. For many years, the federal government has considered proposing a regulation that would clarify the requirements for accessibility of websites and online services provided by public entities. Such entities include state and local government websites, as well as those of public schools and colleges. In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice published a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities (SANPRM) in the Federal Register.
The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) in collaboration with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) will hold a series of public comment hearings statewide on the proposed GVRA policy revisions regarding Order of Selection and the implementation of Project Horizon. The State Rehabilitation Council and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) value input from stakeholders regarding the proposed policy revisions.
The proposed policy revisions are available for review at https://gvra.georgia.gov/state-rehabilitation-council-public-hearings or you may request the written document by calling GVRA Customer Service at 1-844-for-GVRA (1-844-367-4872); TTY users call GA Relay 711.
The public hearings are in five locations around the state to solicit comments from a representative and diverse population. The date, time and location for each public hearing are:
– Rome Public Hearing:
August 11, 2016 from 11 am to 1:00 pm
at Goodwill of North Georgia,
154 Hicks Drive,
Rome, GA 30161
- Savannah Public Hearing:
August 16, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
at the Savannah Civic Center,
301 West Oglethorpe Avenue,
Savannah, GA 31401
Augusta Public Hearing:
August 18, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
in the Jack B. Patrick Information Technology Center, Building
1000, Augusta Technical College,
3200 Augusta Tech Drive,
Augusta, GA 30906
Columbus Public Hearing:
August 23, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
in the Synovus Room at the Columbus Public Library,
3000 Macon Road,
Columbus, GA 31906
Atlanta Public Hearing:
August 25, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
in the Empire Room,
20th Floor, Sloppy Floyd Building
200 Piedmont Avenue, S.E., ,
Atlanta, GA 30334
All interested persons are hereby given the opportunity to participate by submitting data, views or arguments orally or in writing. Oral comments may be limited to five (5) minutes per person. Registration is not required to attend the hearings; a sign in sheet will be on site for participants.
There will be a Certified Interpreter at each public hearing. If you need auxiliary aids or other accommodations, please contact GVRA Disability Community Liaison, Robin Blount, at (404) 259-1720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written comments must be submitted no later than the close of business at 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by Friday, September 2, 2016. Written statements should be no longer than two pages, double spaced. Comments may be faxed, emailed, or mailed to:
Georgia State Rehabilitation Council
200 Piedmont Ave. 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30338
The state is asking for your input about your future. Be sure to attend a public hearing nearest to you.
Remember: Opportunities are meant to be taken advantage of, not overlooked. This is an opportunity.
There will be a MARTA meeting regarding the current changes that have been made to the MARTA Mobility Service. MV and MTM are the two companies that have been contracted to take over the MARTA Mobility Paratransit Service and recertification.
The meeting will be held:
Where: CVI, 739 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time: 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Representatives from both companies will be in attendance to address any concerns and answer questions regarding travel issues and recertification.
Please make every effort to attend this very important meeting and feel free to pass on this information to other blind and visually impaired persons who utilize this service.
Last week, Senator Heller from Nevada introduced an amendment to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include the same Space Available language that you already helped pass in the House NDAA last month. This is the first time we've ever been able to get an amendment for Space Available introduced in the Senate. This amendment currently has two cosponsors, Senators Tester from Montana and Ayotte from New Hampshire, but we need more support.
Please call your senators and urge them to cosponsor amendment S.A. 4235 to the Senate NDAA so that all veterans with disabilities rated as total can participate in the Space Available Program, not just those injured on or after September 23, 1996. We expect the Senate to begin debating the NDAA next week so time is of the essence for us to build support for our legislation. If we can get this amendment through the Senate, we will only need a signature from the President to end the disparate treatment of our courageous vets in the Space Available Program based on which war they fought in.
The US Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. The fact sheet is available at: https://nfb.org/equal-access-air-travel-service-disabled-veterans. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Derek Manners, Advocacy and Policy Analyst, at DManners@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2210.
Please share this message widely throughout the Federation.
Thank you for all that you do.
Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind