You are invited to the 2011 Vision Summit! When: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Times: 7:30-8:30am Breakfast and Award Ceremony – The Capitol 22nd Floor 9am-12:30pm General Session – The OLD Capitol House Chambers (2nd Floor) Location: The New and Old Capitol, 400 S Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399 Agenda and more details coming soon! PRESS RELEASE: Fifth Annual Florida Vision Summit Scheduled for Tuesday, February 8, 2011 At the State Capitol (Tallahassee) State Representative Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) and Mr. Robert Kelly, president of the nonprofit Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind (FAASB), announced today that the annual Florida Vision Summit will return to the State Capitol for a fifth consecutive year on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The statewide Florida Vision Summit is organized and co-hosted by two organizations: the Florida Legislature’s Vision Caucus, which is a bicameral, bipartisan Caucus of over 50 Senators and Representatives; and FAASB, which is a statewide association of local nonprofit agencies that provide direct support services to blind and visually impaired Floridians, from blind babies and visually impaired school-aged children to low vision workers and seniors with age-related vision loss. Representative Baxley was the founder of the Florida Legislature’s Vision Caucus in 2005. Mr. Kelly, of Daytona Beach, is the FAASB president and Executive Director of the Florida Lions’ Conklin Centers for the Blind. FAASB President Robert Kelly said, “In all, about one million Floridians live with low vision or blindness. Seniors with vision loss is the segment that is growing the fastest. However, our State’s blind babies program continues to be one most critically underfunded. The Florida Vision Summit will raise awareness of these issues.” Representative Baxley and his wife, Ginette, raised an adopted son, Jeffrey, who became blind as an infant. “Ginette and I understand the critical importance of early intervention when an infant losses his/her sight. Without Florida’s blind babies services, these small children can fall behind in education, their mobility and social skills. They can lose their chance at the ‘American Dream’ or to simply become a productive member of our society,” Representative Baxley said. “Our son, Jeffrey, is a young adult now, blessed by God, focused on his career, and on achieving his piece of the American Dream. Our Vision Caucus members understand that funding blind services is a critical State service and a great investment,” Representative Baxley concluded. The Fifth Annual Florida Vision Summit will begin at 7:30 AM, February 8 with a Legislative Breakfast on the 22nd floor of the State Capitol. Beginning at 9:00 AM, a three-hour General Session will be held in the Chambers of the Florida House of Representatives on the 4th floor of the State Capitol. All Florida Vision Summit events are free and open to the public. Previous Florida Vision Summit participants have included the Governor of Florida, the Senate President, the House Speaker, legislators, Executive Agency heads, Florida School for the Deaf and for the Blind, and higher education leaders. From the private sector, participants have included the leaders of vision-related professional associations, including the Florida Optometric Association, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and the Professional Opticians of Florida, the leaders of nonprofit organizations, including the FAASB agencies, Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Blinded Veterans’ Association of Florida, Chatlos Foundation, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Florida Council of the Blind, Florida Deaf/Blind Association, Florida Families of Children with Visual Impairment, Hope for Vision, National Association for Parents of Children With Visual Impairments, National Federation of the Blind of Florida, Prevent Blindness America, Southeastern Guide Dogs, VisionServe Alliance, and the public. -- Lighthouse of the Big Bend Guiding People Through Vision Loss 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 942-3658 www.lighthousebigbend.org Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.