[Ohio-talk] Reply from a State Senator

Richard Payne rchpay7 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 17 19:02:06 UTC 2019


Keep up the good work.

Richard Payne,  President
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
937-396-5573or 937/829/3368
Rchpay7 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

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-Talk <ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Eric Duffy via Ohio-Talk
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2019 2:58 PM
To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Cc: Eric Duffy <peduffy63 at gmail.com>
Subject: [Ohio-talk] Reply from a State Senator

Good afternoon Mr. Duffy,

My name is Ryan and I work in the office of Senator Kristina Roegner. First I would like to digress for a moment to say, Happy Father's Day! Back to your email, thank you for taking the time to contact Senator Roegner in order to share your thoughts on HB 188. I will certainly pass along your message, and have noted your contact information to reach back out if she has any questions or is interested in learning more. Thank you for keeping us in mind when thinking of this legislation, and for pushing forward against others' expectations. 

Please do not hesitate to call or email if we may ever be of assistance, thanks again for emailing! Have a great rest of your week!


Regards,
Ryan

Ryan Culross
Legislative Aide
State Senator Kristina Roegner 
(614)466-4823 



-----Original Message-----
From: peduffy63 at gmail.com <mailto:peduffy63 at gmail.com> [mailto:peduffy63 at gmail.com <mailto:peduffy63 at gmail.com>] 
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2019 12:48 PM
To: State Senator Kristina Roegner
Subject: I want to share my thoughts on an issue or piece of legislation.

First Name : Eric

Last Name : Duffy

Address : 4183 Indianola Ave

City : Columbus

State : OH

Zip : 43214

Phone : (XXX) XXX-XXXX

Email : peduffy63 at gmail.com <mailto:peduffy63 at gmail.com>

Subject : 
I want to share my thoughts on an issue or piece of legislation.

Message : 
Dear Senator:

	If you did not celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, I hope you at least took time to reflect on your father and what he meant to you. My father died twenty-four years ago, but I think of him often, especially on Father’s Day.
	My two boys, whom I raised as a single father, were the only grand children my father never met. He really didn’t think I would have children, because I am blind. Obviously, he knew blindness wouldn’t stop me from creating children, but, like many of his generation, he didn’t believe that blind people could successfully raise children.
	This long-outdated belief in the lack of capacity of the blind is still destroying families today. That is why we need your help now. Help us pass H.B.188 immediately. Send a strong message to the blind and all citizens of the great State of Ohio letting them know that the blind of this state will no longer have their children removed from the home simply because a social worker or some other person in authority presumes that blind people should not raise children.
	We need your help now. Let the House leadership know that passing H.B.188 is important to you. In the Senate we need to have a companion bill introduced and get it passed as soon as possible.
	Representative Crawley will work with you in any way she can to help move this legislation forward. The National Federation of the Blind his prepared to do our part as well.
Please contact me by email or phone if I can provide additional information about H.B.188. I can be reached at 614-377-9877. I am counting on your support, and so are thousands of blind citizens around the state.

Sincerely,

Eric Duffy,

Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
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