[dbmat] Re: HR3535

  • From: Kellie J Berger <kellie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:33:44 -0600

Just a quick FYI I sent my letters to Senator and Congressmen. waiting on reply... still pushing it out to the FB page and reminding our Guides and board to do their part too.

working on a letter to all our contacts to hopefully go out tomorrow.

/Kellie J Berger/
Texas Hands & Voices
Executive Director
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On 2/22/2016 10:14 AM, Heather Withrow wrote:

Sharing this with y’all, Texas Association for the Deaf’s letter to a local U.S. Representative, who happens to be mine as well, Roger Williams.

It warms my heart to see our blind associations adding DeafBlind people in their letters, as well as our Deaf associations taking our DeafBlind folks under their wing as well. We’re all in this together!

Orion’s Mom

Heather Withrow
www.heatherwithrow.com <http://www.heatherwithrow.com>
Twitter: @hexsie

On Feb 21, 2016, at 11:13 PM, Hartman Family (Redacted sender "hartmanfam28" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:


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On Feb 21, 2016, at 5:59 PM, Diana Avila <diana.avila50@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:diana.avila50@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

Thank you so much for the reminder. I just send it and attached a picture of my Valentina :)

On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Pwelch <pwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:pwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

    Attention:  DBMAT

    Just another reminder to all of you to call the Capital in
    Washington DC or write your US Senators and Representatives, or
    do both.  This bill is very important to the children coming
    up.  They need qualified trained Interveners in the classroom
    along with a qualified teacher for the deaf-blind. Please email
    your letters and make those calls.

    Thanks so much.  This will make a big difference in our kids lives.


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    *From:* Melanie Knapp <rmknapp14@xxxxxxxxx
    *Date:* February 13, 2016 at 1:31:04 AM CST
    *To:* dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
    *Subject:* *[dbmat] Fwd: From Melanie Knapp- Christian Knapp's
    Mom. We need your HELP!*
    *Reply-To:* dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

    Dear all,

    If you haven't received...or you have.... Please read my note
    below.  This is so very important, and I hope our wonderful
    families from DBMAT will support this.  We need to send our
    letters as soon as possible.

    Please let your family members and friends know about your
    children and the struggles they have had. Encourage them to
    support hB 3535

    It is the right thing to do!

    Thank you so much!

    Sent from my iPad

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    *From:* Melanie Knapp <rmknapp14@xxxxxxxxx
    *Date:* February 12, 2016 at 5:39:43 PM PST
    *Subject:* *From Melanie Knapp- Christian Knapp's Mom. We need
    your HELP!*

    Dear All,
    I am not one to beg for help....but in this case...I am going
    to swallow what pride I have left...and let me explain why.
    The children that are deafblind here in the United States
deserve and are entitled to an appropriate public education. Anyone that knows me is aware that Christian didn't have that
    opportunity until he was 20 years old.  However, he showed all
    the nay sayers what he could do with the services of a trained
    and experienced Intervener!  No one can take that away from
    him.  He IS the reason I have spent these 15 years working to
    get the Intervener recognized.

    Below, you will read that there is -FOR THE FIRST TIME-
    Federal Legislation that could and should recognize the
    Intervener in IDEA as a related service provider. Equally
    important is to have Teachers of the Deafblind in IDEA to
    support the Intervener.

    I am asking you to please write your Congressmen to support
    the Cogswell Macy Act. House Billl 3535 today!

    We have included a sample letter that you may edit as appropriate.

    PLEASE take a few minutes to do this. Deafblindness isn't
    going away.  These children need us to fight for them! It is
    the right thing to do.

    Your letter or phone call matters!  Please let me know if you
    have any questions.  Thank you so much for your support .


    Melanie Knapp

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    *From:* "VIVECCA HARTMAN" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    <mailto:dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> (Redacted sender
    "hartmanfam28" for DMARC)
    *Date:* February 7, 2016 at 12:12:37 PM PST
    *To:* DBMAT ListServe <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    <mailto:dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>>, Kathi & David Barksdale
    <kathi@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:kathi@xxxxxxxxxx>>, Karefree
    <mekarefree@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:mekarefree@xxxxxxxxx>>, Clara
    Berg <nfadb.clara@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:nfadb.clara@xxxxxxxxx>>,
    Edgenie Bellah <edgenieb@xxxxxxxxx
    <mailto:edgenieb@xxxxxxxxx>>, Claudia Holguin
    <claudholguin@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:claudholguin@xxxxxxxxx>>,
    "TXHV ." <kellie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    <mailto:kellie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>, Linda Litzinger
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    <sheri@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:sheri@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>,
    Amy Parker <parkeamy@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:parkeamy@xxxxxxxxx>>,
    Mussie <gmussie9@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:gmussie9@xxxxxxxxxxx>>,
    "jwawrzonek@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jwawrzonek@xxxxxxxxxxx>"
    <jwawrzonek@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jwawrzonek@xxxxxxxxxxx>>,
    Cyral Miller <cyralm@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:cyralm@xxxxxxxxx>>
    *Cc:* Barbara Raimondo <baraimondo@xxxxxx
    <mailto:baraimondo@xxxxxx>>, Mark Richert <mrichert@xxxxxxx
    <mailto:mrichert@xxxxxxx>>, Robbie Blaha <robblaha@xxxxxxxxx
    <mailto:robblaha@xxxxxxxxx>>, Sally Prouty <eltsorb@xxxxxxxxx
    <mailto:eltsorb@xxxxxxxxx>>, Linda Alsop <linda.alsop@xxxxxxx
    *Subject:* *[dbmat] ACTION TIME - We need your HELP!*
    *Reply-To:* dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

    The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Bill H.R. 3535
    now needs to gain the support of many more House members.
    *Please take a few moments to individualize the attached
    template letter to send to your Congressional House members
    via email _by MARCH 1st_.* (Letter to Senators will be at a
    later time.) You can find your members of congress here

    */_PLEASE NOTE_/: You will need to open the attached and
    tailor the highlighted parts and can add a picture if you
    want. *(The highlights may only be visible on a computer, not
    an iPad.)**

    If you choose to call, follow these steps:
    Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. The Leadership
    Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy bill now needs to gain
    the sponsorship of many more House members, and it needs to
    be introduced in the Senate. *Please take a few moments to
    contact your Congressional members to ask them to sponsor
    this bill either by phone or email.*  You can find your
    members of congress here
    If you choose to call, follow these steps:

        Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. The
        Leadership Conference on Civil Rights provides great
        information to help you in telephoning your
        When someone answers (or if you reach an answering
        machine) identify yourself and let them know you’re a
        Ask your member of Congress, and their staff whom you’re
        likely to speak to, to co-sponsor the Cogswell-Macy Act –
        H.R. 3535, and ask him/her to get back to you with a
        response. Point them to the: Cogswell/Macy Act
        <https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3535/text> for
        the full text of the legislation.

    Here is more information on the Bill if you want.

    Click here
    House of Representatives advocacy information.

    Click here
    <http://www.ceasd.org/images/Cogswell_Macy_One-Pager.doc> for
    the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act Summary.


    Our National groups will also share your letters, if you are
    willing to share them. Please also send a copy of your letter
    to: nfadb.stephanie@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:nfadb.stephanie@xxxxxxxxx>

    Thank you,
    Texas Partnership of Family Organizations

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