[Ohio-talk] enquiring research

barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 12:10:36 UTC 2018

Dear Andrew,

The NFB of Ohio does have a student division, but I would characterize it as inactive. They meet at convention in November, but I do not think they do much else. the Ohio Association of Guide Dog Users, on the other hand, has monthly meetings by phone. It is sponsoring sate legislation and is otherwise engaged in public life. the president is Deanna Lewis, deannakayy03 at gmail.com <mailto:deannakayy03 at gmail.com>. 

As for services, to hear the state agency tell it, we have wonderful services. Blind people would tell you a different story. We do have a Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, which is under the umbrella of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). You can tell by the name OOD that rehabilitation is a dirty word in those circles these days. We are hoping for a change of heart after the coming election, which should bring a change in top leadership. But it is challenging to be declared eligible for services and then to get enough instruction after that. 

Ask if you need more information.

Barbara Pierce 
President Emerita
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
Barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com
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.

> On Oct 24, 2018, at 10:48 PM, andrew edgcumbe via Ohio-Talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all I am just doing bit of research nothing more. I see you have a
> student devision and guide dog stuff going on. Anyway i am guessing there
> is allot of services in ohio.  does o and m get offered if somebody needs
> it for example and do they come out if you need them not saying i will move
> there but wanted to know just wondering is all how what services each state
> has. you could speak to ohio if you like.
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