The agencies are not going to be blended, but even if they did everyone would still get services. It is silly to think that joining agencies would cause people to not get services, legally you have to get services, it's that simple. Most likely if they were joined DBS would be another unit. And the last time I checked VR wasn't constantly running out of money like DBS. I think services would be better and more streamlined since some of the fat would probably get cut out of the state office, which is wheree I think most of the problems come from. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Charles Atkins" <catkins@xxxxxxx> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:32:25 AM Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: Bennett: New Blind Services Director a Priority Looks like a huge task Aleisa already has; our needs won't get swallowed up in there somewhere I pray? Seem to me that that would be expecting too much of one person; considering all the many needs of all of us coming all together like that? Some: might surely go lacking some possibly necessary attention as it is in this specific field of blindness and related areas? I would think blindness would require more specificity and often is or can be matters of urgency and require dire training in getting all the many needs amply met! I certainly hope needs are being met while here in the interim; how long will it last? Sir Charles Atkins Professor of The Blues Ph (850) 727-0083 www.charlesatkinsbluesband.com "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world...indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Easy Talk Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:19 AM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Fw: Bennett: New Blind Services Director a Priority ----- Original Message ----- From: Easy Talk To: fcb-l@xxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:15 AM Subject: Bennett: New Blind Services Director a Priority Bennett: New Blind Services Director a Priority "It's near the top of my priority list." Those words are from Florida's new Education Commissioner Tony Bennett about hiring a new Blind Services director. In his first week on the job, Bennett says he met with interim Blind Services Director Aleisa McKinlay. McKinlay is also the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Director. Both divisions are part of the Department of Education. Bennett says he's had a short discussion with McKinlay. "We're very excited about the work we believe she can do," said Bennett. "But again, we are sensitive to the fact we want to make sure we have all the components in place to make sure all the divisions of the department run smoothly," he said. McKinlay was named interim director last month. She took over for Joyce Hildreth. Hildreth resigned in the wake of a services contract scandal. One other DOE employee resigned and two others were fired.