[tabi] Re: Fw: Bennett: New Blind Services Director a Priority

  • From: wendy.hoss@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:35:58 +0000 (UTC)

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 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles Atkins" <catkins@xxxxxxx> 
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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 

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 

"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 

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Subject: [tabi] Fw: Bennett: New Blind Services Director a Priority 

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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 
a new Blind Services director. 
In his first week on the job, Bennett says he met with interim Blind Services 
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 
we are sensitive to the fact we want to make sure we have all the components in 
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. 

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