[tabi] SAVE THE DATE! Vision Summit: Tuesday, 2/8, Breakfast 7:30am (Capitol 22nd Floor), General Session 9am (OLD Capitol House Chamber)

  • From: Lighthouse of the Big Bend <lighthousebigbend@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:35:59 -0500

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!

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

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
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