[dbmat] Re: [DBMATLegislative] Fwd: DBMAT Immediate action needed -TODAY

  • From: Pwelch <pwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "DBMATLegislative@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <DBMATLegislative@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:12:42 -0500

Hi Heather,

That's great! Thanks so much!

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On Apr 22, 2015, at 10:54 AM, skyhex@xxxxxxx skyhex@xxxxxxx
[DBMATLegislative] <DBMATLegislative@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi! In addition to calling Sen. Zaffirini's office this morning, I called my
Senator, Donna Campbell, who happens to be a co-sponsor for SB 208.

Heather Withrow
Mom of a current Blind Children's Program client, Orion (4.5 years old).

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From: Melanie
Date: Tue, Apr 21, 2015 7:49 PM
To: DBMATLegislative@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx;
Cc: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx;Jo Ann Priddy;
Subject:[dbmat] Re: [DBMATLegislative] Fwd: DBMAT Immediate action needed
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Dear All,

I just want to echo Susie's and others concern for what may be our last
chance to do anything about the Blind Children's Services. Children that are
blind and their families have difficulty enough with moving and transitioning
through the different services. For some reason, the Sunset Advisory
Committee has recommended that all the programs should go to the Texas Work
Force, except the Blind Children's Services.

Whether this may directly affect you or not, please know that DBMAT's stand
is that all blind services SHOULD STAY TOGETHER! Please take time to call
and email the following Senators below.

Your help will be very much appreciated

Melanie Knapp

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On Apr 21, 2015, at 5:25 PM, "Pwelch pwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[DBMATLegislative]" <DBMATLegislative@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


DBMAT members call or email Senators Zaffirini , Estes and Hall's office
today or first thing in the morning to advocate for the Blind Childrens
Program to stay with the other blindness services. Email addresses listed
below. This is coming up for vote as soon as tomorrow. Please "ACT" TODAY
so we keep these essential services together.
Thank you


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To: AVIT <alliancevit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [AVIT] Immediate action needed -TODAY

The DARS/DBS blindness services are being pulled apart. We need all membe
rs to write to Senators Zaffirini, Estes and Hall TODAY to strongly
advocate for the Blind Children's Program to stay with the other blindness
services. Senate Bill 208 may be voted on as early as tomorrow and moves
all o! ther DBS services to the Tx Workforce Commission without the Blind
Children's Program.

Without the infrastructure and staff support of the VR system, the
Children's Program will not have the resources needed to continue to
provide blindness-specific supports to Texas families.

We need calls and emails coming into the Senate offices NOW from AVIT
members across the state.

Please email Senators Estes, Zaffirini and Hall.

For Senator Estes please email your comments to Tat! em Reagan, the
committee clerk. His email address is tatum.reagan_sc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

Senator Zaffirini's staff person is Isabel Casas and her email address is

Senator Hall's staff person on this issue is Boyd Bush. His email address
is boyd.bush@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Go to www.AllianceVItexans.org/sunset-commission/keep-together-4/
for more talking points. To learn more about AVIT (23 year old state
coalition), visit the AVIT website.

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