[NFBK] Fwd: NABS Legislative Agenda ATAA

Taryn Seif taryn.seif at outlook.com
Wed Jun 3 17:00:32 UTC 2020

Good afternoon,

This message is regarding students and the Access Technology Affordability Act. If you are not a student, this still applies to you if you use technology for accessibility, so I encourage you to act and spread the word.

Thank you,

Begin forwarded message:

From: Qualik Ford <QSFord at outlook.com>
Date: June 3, 2020 at 12:26:08 PM EDT
To: "taryn.seif at outlook.com" <taryn.seif at outlook.com>
Subject: Nabs legislative agenda aTAa

Dear to whom it may concern,

I hope that you are doing well during this COVID-19 pandemic. NABS needs your help to pass important legislation to make access technology more affordable for blind people, including students.

We need students in your state to contact both Senators and their individual Representative. This means that each student would contact three offices. We need as many students as possible to make these contacts because we need more legislators to sign onto the bill before they all return to DC on June 1. This means that we need to contact them right away so that they can learn about the bill, make decisions, and have their name added to it before June 1.

Below my signature is a draft email that you and other students in your state can use to ask your Senators and Representative to cosponsor the bill.

Could you please send such an email right away, as well as help me get in touch with all blind students in your state?

Thank you in advance!

Sincerely  Qualik Ford

Maryland Association of blind students president

Phone number: 301-312-9813

Email: qsford at outlook.com

Subject: Draft Email to Legislative Staff Members

To: staff contact

Cc: Kaloc, Jeff JKaloc at nfb.org<mailto:JKaloc at nfb.org>, Trisha Kulkarni trishak.nfb at gmail.com<mailto:trishak.nfb at gmail.com>, Kathryn Webster nabs.president at gmail.com<mailto:nabs.president at gmail.com>, and Team Lead (Justin Salisbury President at Alumni.ECU.edu<mailto:President at Alumni.ECU.edu> or Justin Young jty727 at gmail.com<mailto:jty727 at gmail.com>)

Subject: Please Cosponsor S. 815/H.R. 2086

Dear ###,

I am one of your constituents from City, State. I write to respectfully request that my Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman co-sponsor the Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA) (S. 815/H.R. 2086).

<give some background on yourself in order to establish rapport>

The cost of critically needed access technology is out of reach for most blind Americans. By providing a refundable tax credit for qualifying purchases, Congress will stimulate individual procurement of this technology and promote affordability of these tools. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Americans to become much more dependent upon technology, which has exacerbated the challenges that blind students, job seekers, and employees were already facing.

This bill already has bicameral bipartisan support. S. 815 currently has 22 cosponsors, and H.R. 2086 currently has 91 cosponsors. I wish to see my Senator/Congresswoman/Congressman sign on as a cosponsor.

Will Senator/Congresswoman/Congressman #### please cosponsor this bill?

I have copied Jeff Kaloc jkaloc at nfb.org<mailto:jkaloc at nfb.org> with the National Federation of the Blind national office. He is available to answer any detailed questions you might have.

Thank you in advance,

Your Name

Your Address (where you vote)

Your Contact Info

“The Power to change the world comes from the power to change ourselves.“
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