[nfbmi-talk] Fw: bsbp and flint water crisis

David Robinson drob1946 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 13:47:31 UTC 2016

----- Original Message ----- 
From: joe harcz Comcast 
To: Ed Rodgers BSBP Dir. 
Cc: Mike Pemble BSBP Dep. Dir. ; Mike Zimmer LARA DSA ; Larry Posont NFBMI Pres. ; Mary Ann Robinson NFB MI ; Georgia Kitchen FANFB ; David Robinson NFB MI ; terry Eagle ; Mark Eagle ; Sarah Gravetti MISILC DNM ; Marlene Malloy MCRS Dir. ; Rodney Craig MISILC ; Christyne.Cavataio at ed.gov ; BRIAN SABOURIN ; Elmer Cerano MPAS 
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2016 7:54 AM
Subject: bsbp and flint water crisis

February 8 2016 to Rodgers Flint Water Crisis Accommodations for Blind


Paul Joseph Harcz, Jr.

1365 E. Mt. Morris Rd.

Mt. Morris, MI 48458

joeharcz at comcast.net



Re: What Are You Doing?

To: Ed Rodgers, Director

Mich. Bureau Services for Blind Persons

(Via e-mail)


Dear Mr. Rodgers,


As the Director of the lead agency for blind people in the State of Michigan I have some questions related to BSBP’s efforts to assist people who are blind in Flint and indeed Genesee County.


For example, your agency has data and discrete information about blind citizens of this count. So has BSBP acted affirmatively to send out any information in accessible formats to even one person who is blind about resources, etc.?


Has BSBP done anything about ensuring ththat other agencies including DHHS makes all of its information fully accessible to blind citizens including where to get lead testing kits and how to make those materials concerning how to use them accessible? Or has it done anything about making videos related to this fully accessible? Has BSBP sent out any of its Vision Rehab Therapists to homes to show people the alternate techniques of acquiring and installing filters, lead testing, and even just how to get water?


Has BSBP done one thing to assist blind residents about anything including in its own Flint Office building where now Lt. Gov. Calley is working?

Also, what proactive role has BSBP ever engaged in related to emergency preparedness and people who are blind? Please give me even one example.



In that regards would you please remit to me any and all correspondences between you, anyone within BSBP and anyone in state government concerning BSBP and its efforts related to the Flint Water Crisis.


Oh, yes and please send those to me in a fully accessible format and without delay or surcharge. You know the requirements under Section 504 and the ADA and you know my most accessible format.

By the way I’m a blind resident of this county and deal in Flint all the time and I live just three miles from the Flint City limits. I’ve received nothing.





Paul Joseph Harcz, Jr.



Cc: Mike Zimmer, LARA





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