[Ohio-talk] New families

COLLEEN ROTH n8tnv at att.net
Tue Oct 8 12:57:10 UTC 2013


Hi Carol,
I am so glad these families found us.
I am sorry it wasn't sooner.
I am sure that Miami Valley and Lorain County will help and welcome these families.
Colleen Roth



----- Original Message -----
From: Dawn <dlanting at bex.net>
To: "'Ationfb of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Date: Monday, October 7, 2013 7:57 am
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] New families

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> I think  this is great  when I went blind  I thought I was  the only one in
> the world blind  but a few  I have never ment a  blind person before  then I
> talked too Barbara Pierce  a nurse found out about her through searching for
> things for me  then  it happened I met  all of you  the N F B  and Colleene
> Roth  so I understand  that it is important  to get the N F B message  out
> there  I will pray  for this family and the other one Dawn
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Carol
> Akers
> Sent: Sunday, October 06, 2013 11:28 PM
> To: ohio-talk at nfbnet.org
> Subject: [Ohio-talk] New families
> 
> I am posting this on Ohio talk as an effort to reach out to people in the
> Miami Valley chapter area and Elyria area.  I have had no success getting
> individual responses from folks this week, so I am trying everyway possible
> to get in contact with these areas. Two mom's called me this week who had no
> idea that the parents division existed or that there were blind people in
> Ohio who gathered together for regular meetings and events.  The first
> family has a 16 yr old son, Dalton in Camden, OH, near Dayton,  who has
> progressively lost vision from several hereditary eye conditions.  No cane,
> no Braille and is repeating the 9th grade, now as a homeschooler, due to
> lack of cooperation and resources in the local district. His mom did not ASK
> for anything except to learn what she can do to help her son become more
> independent and learn how to follow his dreams, as a blind person.  He used
> to love reading, despite his extremely thick glasses, but now, even with
> CCTV and magnification, he just cannot do x.  He faces fatigue, headaches
> and cannot process what it takes so long to read.  His mom has been reading
> to him for this reason.  His eye Dr at Dayton Children's told them this week
> that he needed a child  advocate, which is what led her to call Baltimore
> and ask for help and led to Ohio POBC and NFB.
> After speaking with her for almost 2 hours, sending a long email with links,
> some specific to do tasks and mailing her information, she let me know she
> had registered for convention!  There are 5 of them coming and  they are so
> excited to find u.  Thank you Richard for calling me about this family so
> late in the evening! The second family has a son, Dorian, who is 5 yrs old
> and in 3rd year of pre-school.  He is doing pre-Braille skills and learning
> pre- cane skills.  She found the parents  through Facebook and again, had no
> idea we all existed as a group  She cannot come to convention as it is her
> son's birthday celebration, but again, wants to be involved on a local level
> to learn more about helping her son and participating with other blind
> persons. I hope we will all take any opportunity we are given, to welcome
> new families into our local chapters for meetings and activities, as these
> are what will motivate those folks to stick around and their children to
> stick around as adults.   They can meet successful, active, blind adults who
> can serve as mentors, role models, mobility instructors and perhaps Braille
> instructors, as well.   Anyone in the Miami Valley or Elyria areas who would
> like more information, if you were not one of the recipients of my original
> email regarding these families, please let me know.  I think any support or
> friendship we can offer these families, will only be an additional benefit
> to the resources we can all provide.
> Thank you, my speech is done.
> Carol Akers
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