[Ohio-talk] Look and Listen Please?

Barbara Pierce bbpierce at pobox.com
Thu Dec 19 13:43:31 UTC 2013

I echo what JW says. I got a call yesterday on the NFBS line. It was an old
gentleman living near Mt. Vernon. He lost his sight three days ago. He could
not dial  the phone--an operator found my number and connected him to me. I
knew no one in Knox County, but I got hold of the BSVI office in the area,
and they gave me the Independent Living Center's number. They should have
been open but were not. I tried to leave a message to have them call him to
offer help, but he could not give me his phone number. I had to content
myself with leaving his name and town and asking them to call him to see if
they could get him to the doctor today. This experience reminded me of the
magnitude of the need out there. We have no right to indulge ourselves with
sniping. There are people out there who need our help and support. Let's
rededicate ourselves to getting down to what counts.

Merry Christmas,

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Smith, JW
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:54 PM
To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List (ohio-talk at nfbnet.org)
Subject: [Ohio-talk] Look and Listen Please?

Family, family, family, I have been wondering if and how to respond to some
of the messages from yesterday and I feel compelled to say this simply and
as heartfelt as I can.

We are all in this together and I don't want people to now leave or consider
leaving the list or even the affiliate because we need you believe me!

Yes families fight sometime but there is a way to do it and a time and place
for it.

So let's all just learn from this and use it to make it and even better
space and place for us to effectively communicate with one another please?

We all want the same things and the bottom line is that we all want this to
be the most effective and lifechanging affiliate possible so that we can
help all those other blind and visually impaired people that are looking for
us even if they don't know it yet.

So I recommend that we take a deep breath, look around us and see just how
Blessed we are this Holiday season and do what we can to learn from our
recent discussions and hit the year ready to do what we can to make life
better for all blind and visually impaired people in Ohio and beyond.

Can I get a witbness?


Dr. JW Smith
Associate Professor
Interim Director of Honors Tutorial Studies School of Communication Studies
Lasher Hall, Rm. 112 Athens, OH 45701
smithj at ohio.edu<mailto:smithj at ohio.edu>
T: 740-593-4838
F: 740-593-4810

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