[dbmat] Re: Fwd: [AVIT] AVIT URGENT ALERT: Call or Email House Human Services Committee Clerk

  • From: Melanie Knapp <rmknapp14@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:51:27 -0500

No worries. You can still call. The info is below
Thank you!

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> On Mar 16, 2015, at 12:35 PM, Gina Dagrella <ginagale62@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> I apologize, I intended to be on the call last night and it completely 
> slipped my mind.
> can I still do something ?
> gina
> 
> 
> On Monday, March 16, 2015 12:32 PM, paul welch <pwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> 
> The correct number to call Jim Terrell is: 512-463-0786. The email is: 
> Jim.Terrell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> Please contact him today by phone or email regarding HB2463.
> 
> Thanks
> Susie
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> Subject: [AVIT] AVIT URGENT ALERT: Call or Email House Human Services 
>> Committee Clerk
>> AVIT Members:
>> 
>>> This urgent alert references an important meeting next Monday, March 16, at 
>>> 2pm, of the House Human Services Committee, taking testimony on HB 2463. 
>>> This bill outlines the movement of blindness services to separate agencies 
>>> as per recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.  Our goal is to 
>>> communicate AVIT membership organization’s stance against that 
>>> recommendation and strong support for keeping all blindness services 
>>> together under the Texas Workforce Commission, asking for an amendment to 
>>> HB 2463 to that effect. We are fortunate to have a good friend on the House 
>>> HS Committee, Representative Elliott Naishtat, who has long been a staunch 
>>> supporter on issues of importance to blind children and adults. 
>> 
>> Please do one of the following (supporting document attached) and know that 
>> EVERY email and phone call counts:
>> 
>> 1). Join us at the Capitol in the annex, room E2.030 at 2pm to give your 3 
>> minute testimony against HB 2463, separating blindness services and for 
>> amending the bill as stated above.  We are asking to keep those services 
>> together under the Texas Workforce Commission. Come early to meet with us 
>> and chat about your testimony if you would like. Stories of personal impact 
>> to consumers are particularly well received. Many of us a meeting at the 
>> Capitol Grill in the annex at 10am that morning to get our ducks in a row 
>> and to make visits to HS committee member’s offices. You may use our 
>> attached AVIT Talking Points document as a resource in preparing your 
>> testimony.
>> 
>> 2)  Email (or call) Jim Terrell, the Clerk of the Human Services Committee, 
>> with written testimony you would like to have distributed to all House Human 
>> Services Committee members before the hearing on Monday at 2pm.  Mr. 
>> Terrell’s contact info: jim.terrell_hc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.  If you prefer to 
>> pick up the phone, his phone number is: 512-463-8706. Again, the AVIT 
>> Talking Points are attached for your use in framing your comments. Here are 
>> some helpful specifics from ACB:  
>> 
>> 'HB 2463 would transition the Independent Living program to the Centers for 
>> Independent Living (CILS). The House human Services committee will conduct a 
>> public hearing on Monday, March 16. I want all of you to submit written 
>> comments to the committee and ask them to amend the bill to remove Sections 
>> 1779 and 1780. Section 1779 lumps us with all other disabilities. Section 
>> 1780 transfers the independent Living program to the CILS. I want you to use 
>> your own words and tell your story. Please email your comments to Jim 
>> Terrell, the Committee clerk. Mr. Terrell will make sure that they are 
>> distributed to all Committee members. Mr Terrell's email address is 
>> jim.terrell_hc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.’
>> 
>> This is the closing statement of the AVIT Talking Points one-pager attached 
>> to this email.  We feel this clearly states our position and what we want 
>> the Human Services Committee to do:
>> The Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans (AVIT), a coalition of 28 
>> organizations of and for persons with blindness or visual impairment, 
>> strongly urges the continuation of all programs serving this population, 
>> BCVDDP, VR, Criss Cole, and ILS for individuals who are blind to remain 
>> together to ensure high quality programs with positive outcomes, 
>> cost-effectiveness, and efficiency of service delivery to the children and 
>> adults of Texas who are blind or visually impaired.
>> Thanks for your quick action on this critical matter affecting all people 
>> with blindness in Texas. There will be more action needed as the Senate bill 
>> hearings occur, so please stay tuned - we will need a great deal of 
>> coordinated effort to accomplish this important task!
>> Nancy Toelle, AVIT Chair
>> Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans
>> 512-771-7448
>> 
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