[nfbmi-talk] If you Had 20 million Dollars, What Would You Do To help blind People Get a Job?

Fred Wurtzel f.wurtzel at att.net
Sun Feb 27 21:47:13 UTC 2011



There is a MCB meeting com9ing up march 18.  What would happen if we all
showed up and gave our ideas of ways to spend $20 million, the Commission
Budget, to help blind people go to work.  If you live in Detroit or
kalamazoo, or Traverse City or Allpena or Ishpeming, what would you do?  if
you had 100 people on your staff what would you have them do?  Where would
you send them.  What would you have them say to blind people?  


Just think of it.  $20 million dollars.  To me, that is a lot of money.  100
people or so, that is a large staff.  The possibilities seem very bigg.  If
those 100 people called 1 employer a week and asked if they were willing to
hire a blind person, how many job openings could we find?  If we created a
competition to create an accessible way to use Facebook with a chas prize
and publicity how much would that help blind people find work?  


If we turned counselors into mentors what difference would that make.  What
would happen if we had brainstorming groups meet around the state to think
up ideas of ways to make their communities more accessible what woudld
happen to those communities?  What if the Commission actually collaborated
with consumer groups to solve problems slowing down blind people from
getting good jobs?


I encourage you to put march 18 on your calendars and go to lansing to the
ottawa building at pine and ottawa to use your public comment to let the
Coommission how you think $20 million dollars could help blind people in
Michigan.  This is a lot of money, despite the constant complaining that
MCB- is broke.  it is not broke, it has 20 million dollars generously
appropriated by congres and the Michigan legislature to help blind people go
to work.  We can make a difference.


Warmest Regards,



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