[NFBOK-Talk] Don't deny- Aim High!

Jonathan Franks jfranks at nfbtx.org
Mon Dec 4 17:15:03 UTC 2017

Fellow Federationists,
I hope that this message finds you well. I am writing to you as a
member of the National Association of Blind Student’s Legislative and
Advocacy Committee. My sub-committee and I were assigned to the great
states of Texas and Oklahoma.

Washington Seminar is fast approaching and hundreds of members of the
National Federation of the Blind will be climbing Capitol Hill and
advocating for equality for all blind people. The purpose of this
email today is that the NABS Legislative and Advocacy Committee are
collecting letters regarding your stories of inaccessibility in your
academic fields. We are all working hard in effort to have Congress
pass the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act
(HR 1772 / S 2138)

The legislation will authorize the creation of voluntary guidelines to
help colleges and universities meet the needs of blind students and
students with other disabilities that make it difficult or impossible
to read print.

We will be presenting your letters regarding inaccessibility to our
Congressional representatives during Washington Seminar. I would like
to encourage you all if you have not already done so to please write a
story and make your voice heard. You also do not have to be a student
to write these letters, you can write your letters of support
especially if you are in the teaching field, a technology instructor
or simply are in support of passing this legislation.

Here is more information on the bill.

You may email your letters to me at
jfranks at nfbtx.org

If you have any questions on how to write your letter, please feel
free to contact me at anytime.

Warm regards and thank you,

Jonathan Franks BSW
Board Member
National Federation of the Blind of Texas
Graduate Student
MSW Program
Texas State University

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create
obstacles between blind people  and our dreams. You can live the life
you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

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