[Colorado-talk] FW: Our Day at the Capitol, Feb. 11

Scott C. LaBarre slabarre at labarrelaw.com
Fri Feb 8 15:28:08 UTC 2019

Reminding everyone about Monday.  

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From: Colorado-Talk <colorado-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Dan
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Subject: [Colorado-talk] Our Day at the Capitol, Feb. 11

Hope you've made yur plans to come to our 2019 Day at the Capitol.
It's barely a week away, Monday February 11 from 8 a.m. till noon or so in
SCR (Senate Committee Room) 352.

Why not 100 blind Coloradans to match 100 legislators?  Come and bring your

Is it important for you to come?  Yes, the 100 members of the Colorado
General Assembly pay attention to all those blind people tramping across the
marble floors to shake their hands and tell them  about the concerns of the
blind of our state.  They remember and, from year to year, look forward to
hearing from us.  The more of us that come, the bigger the impact.

Remember, last year we kicked off our "Preserve Our Families" effort that,
with the guidance of now-Senator Jessie Danielson resulted in stronger
protections for the rights of parents with disabilities in Colorado.  That
legislation passed with overwhelming support in both houses of the
legislature.  Don't doubt for a minute that the NFB members who were at the
Capitol on Feb. 14 last year helped make that happen.

Briefly, here are the priorities we want to bring to the 100 members of the
2019 Colorado General Assembly:

*	Thank them for increasing the funding in 2018 for NFB Newsline.  We
want to make sure they know that we appreciate their support for our
continued access to current newspapers from Colorado and across the country.

*	We want the choice to vote privately and independently from our own
homes, giving us convenience in voting equivalent  to our sighted neighbors
and friends - something overlooked in the implementation of Colorado's mail
ballot system.  It's time for a secure, accessible solution for blind voters
that does not rely on PDF ballots.

*	Tell our legislators that the Blind Low Vision Services (BLVS) unit
of Colorado DVR is doing a much better job providing critical vocational
rehabilitation services to blind Coloradans since January 1, 2016 than was
the case before that, and that we want to ensure that structure  is cemented
in place and expanded.  Remember how wildly inconsistent (and sometimes
downright terrible) services to blind clients was before 2016?  We intend to
ensure that BLVS remains strong and effective well into the future.

Again, we'll be meeting in SCR 352, which is on the 3rd floor of the
Capitol.  Note that we aren't in the Old Supreme Court Chambers as we have
been for years, because that room is undergoing renovations.  Be sure to
come early enough to get through security and find the room by
8 a.m.  We will start things up no later than 8:30.

And wear your walking shoes!

Dan Burke
President, NFB of Denver

"Blindness is not what holds you back.  You can live the life you want!"
My Cell:  406.546.8546
Twitter:  @DallDonal

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