[Ohio-talk] Fw: Thank you from the Klakamps

Dr. Smith jwsmithnfb at verizon.net
Fri Jul 10 13:11:48 UTC 2009

Please keep in contact with this wonderful family!

This is one reason we do what we do.

Read on an enjoy this wonderful message.


Dr. J. Webster Smith
President National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
P.O.BOX 458 Athens, Ohio, 45701-0458
Phone Number - 740-592-6326 
"Changing What it Means to be Blind"
----- Original Message ----- 
From: caklakamp at yahoo.com 
To: j webster Smith 
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 9:46 PM
Subject: Thank you from the Klakamps

      Dear Dr. Smith,

      We want to express our gratitude to the NFB-Ohio Chapter for the assistance we received so as to attend the NFB/NOPOBC Conference in Detroit.  Our experiences at the conference were beyond our expectations.  

      Gabi benefited by socializing with other ones her age and realizing that she is not the only teenager that uses a cane.  Bryan and I benefited greatly from the workshop regarding technology for middle and high school students.  We also appreciated the suggestions that Dr. Denise Robinson shared with us in her workshop.  All of us developed a greater awareness of vision (or lack of it) during the cane walk in which we were blindfolded and taught travel skills to help in our maneuvers.  

      Gabi and Galen were able to sell 2 bags of candy during the lunch breaks on Friday and Saturday. We are sorry that we were not able to make connections to give assistance with the Ohio table in the exhibit hall.  

      We found the Exhibit Hall to be greatly rewarding.  We learned of several assistive technologies at the workshops and were able to compare the different offerings of those at the exhibits.  We enjoyed receiving feedback from different ones regarding what they liked or disliked about certain products.  We purchased the BookSense reader, several monoculars and several small magnifiers for Gabi.  We were also able to receive information and register her for the audio downloads.  

      We understand that next years conference will be in Dallas.  Does the chapter give assistance for the conventions when they entail air travel?  We would like to be given consideration for assistance to attend the next conference if it is available.  

      Again thank you so much for your help.  It was a pleasure meeting you.


      Bryan, Cheryl, Gabrielle & Galen Klakamp

      P.S.  Galen loved the NFB Camp!


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