[nfbmi-talk] Fw: pr spin
drob1946 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 10 16:14:41 UTC 2016
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From: joe harcz Comcast
To: Ed Rodgers BSBP Dir.
Cc: Mike Zimmer LARA DSA ; Egan, Paul ; Larry Posont NFBMI Pres. ; Georgia Kitchen FANFB ; David Robinson NFB MI ; terry Eagle ; Mark Eagle ; BRIAN SABOURIN ; Marlene Malloy MCRS Dir. ; Penny Reeder
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:20 AM
Subject: pr spin
Dear Mr. Rodgers,
After my signature line I note the first addition to BSBP's web site related to the blind and the Flint water crisis. It was only put out when and after I made requests for information that are still not responded to to this date. Moreover, I just talked with two people who are blind in Flint who haven't had so much as a call or a knock on the door from any State of Michigan agency let alone BSBP.
Moreover, this is a county wide issue and impacts all people who are blind who have drank that poisoned water in Flint, or had other contact with it including me and including students who are blind in the Flint school system of which we know of many.
Moreover as you've been informed information in a variety of alternate formats is supposed to be produced affirmatively by your lead agency for the blind. Yet that isn't ever done and it isn't even done upon request as I've documented over years.
(Attached notice from BSBP web site today, converted from pdf:)
STATE OF MICHIGAN
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2016
Release #: 33
Outreach to Flint’s Blind Community Helps Ensure
Access to Information and Resources
Flint, Mich. – The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) is working to ensure Flint’s blind
community has access to all information and resources related to the Flint water emergency.
“We have made direct contact with all of the bureau’s blind clients who live in Flint to ensure
they have the resources they need and we will continue to provide assistance to any Flint
resident who is blind or visually impaired,” said BSBP Director Edward Rodgers.
Bureau staff contacted nearly 40 BSBP clients living in Flint by either home visit or phone to
ensure they had access to all health-related water emergency information and to offer
assistance in obtaining bottled water, filters, water replacement cartridges and water testing kits.
Information is available in braille by contacting the bureau. Flint residents who are blind or
visually impaired and need further assistance or information should contact Sue Luzenski at the
BSBP at Luzenskis at michigan.gov or 517-335-4265. The State of Michigan continues to coordinate response efforts in partnership with the City of
Flint, Genesee County and local community organizations. Additional information about water
response efforts is available at www.michigan.gov/flintwater, by calling United Way’s 211 or
visiting www.helpforflint.com. For more information about the BSBP, visit www.michigan.gov/bsbp or call 1-800-292-4200,
TTY 888-864-1212. ###
NOTE: ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES ARE BEING HANDLED BY THE JOINT
INFORMATION CENTER AT 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632). FOR FLINT
WATER EMERGENCY DONATION INFORMATION, GO TO www.helpforflint.com.
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