[Ohio-talk] Fw: Thank You, for the birthday call

Deborah Kendrick dkkendrick at earthlink.net
Mon May 4 22:58:15 UTC 2009

Wow.  JW, thanks for sharing this truly encouraging message.  Is he coming 
to convention?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dr. Smith" <jwsmithnfb at verizon.net>
To: "NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 4:50 PM
Subject: [Ohio-talk] Fw: Thank You, for the birthday call

I thought you might find this response interesting to one of my cold calls 
to one of the recipients of our free cane offer so read on if you are 


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: Eric Riddle
To: jwsmithnfb at verizon.net
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 2:27 PM
Subject: Thank You, for the birthday call

Dear Dr. J. W. Smith,

Thank you for calling me yesterday May 3, 2009, yes it was my birthday and 
the first as being recognized as being legally blind. Yes, I received my 
free white cane, thank you, and I am practicing with it.

After two years I am finally getting some assistance from SS and mostly my 
problems (I think you asked about this in your call) are of a financial 
nature. I have racked up a good bit of debt living on my credit cards since 
April of 2007, and paying past bills plus current bills leaves me with 
little to no funds to replace wall clocks, alarm clocks, phones, get a 
larger pc monitor etc. It is pretty overwhelming what I could get to help 
myself from light bulbs to a large print scrabble game and I am trying to 
prioritize my items.

In trying to help myself (and others) I put together a list:
NE Ohio assistance programs for the blind (my sight center caseworker had 4 
of these I found the rest)

And spent over a week researching hand held cctv video magnifiers

Which I tried to format as bobby accessible and ran through WAVE 
accessibility checker and had no hits on the accessibility, but what google 
uses for coding oh my

Please feel free to link to them if you think they are useful

Again, thanks for the call out of the blue; without any family and few 
friends it was nice to hear.


Eric Riddle

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