[PACapitalChapter] Meeting notes 4-18-20 10AM

Carlton Anne Cook Walker attorneywalker at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 17:12:49 UTC 2020

Thank you, Carol!


Carlton Anne Cook Walker
Attorney at Law
BEAR--Blindness Education and Advocacy Resources
Teacher of Students with Blindness/Low Vision
President, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
101 Kelly Drive
Carlisle, PA   17015
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On Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 1:10 PM CAROLE via PACapitalChapter <
pacapitalchapter at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> -Phone conference meeting attendees:
> Christine Callahan, Rob Farabaugh, Mark Pickens, Carlton Walker, Nick
> Peters, Jerry Curelo, Matt Shore, Hillary McFadden, Jason Polansky, Lynn
> Heitz, Justin Salisbury, Laurie Malek, Nick Spohn, Anna Walker, Carole
> Cruise
> -Introduction of members due to many new attendees! Whoo hoo!
> -Lynn shared that any new members should contact Joe Drenth to be added to
> chapter email list
> Carlton’s Treasurers Report as of 3-31-20 statement
> $362.25 in checking
> $1,221.96 in savings
> -some confusion with checking account numbers on old checks so state dues
> currently behind but will be addressed ASAP possibly with chapter dues -
> Carlton will work it out with State Treasurer
> -If you haven’t yet paid 2020 chapter dues contact Carlton to determine
> payment options (check. Venmo)
> -Jason is looking into changing meeting next month to Zoom rather than
> conference call. He will send info when available. Lynn said Joe Drenth can
> set us up.
> -looking into having speakers of topics of interest participate in
> meetings in the future
> -Jason’s updates:
> -Presidential release was live for the 1st time
> -President Riccobono encourages everyone to look out for each other
> -info about transition to online distance learning & how that impacts
> blind students
> -National Convention in Houston cancelled due to Covid-19 National
> Emergency but plans are in the works for virtual convention.
> -Jason still attempting to contact legislators regarding Aim High bill for
> accessibility to learning for blind students. He is still awaiting
> responses.
> -Justin shared that legislators are still in their offices & should be
> available.
> -change must be addressed at state level with many Democrats on board but
> still waiting for a Republican to join and draft a bill to send a message
> to Congress that there is a Federal Mandate for equal access to learning
> and we have compiled guidelines for accessibility to give blind students
> equal opportunity to learn with their non disabled peers.
> -Carlton shared that accessibility guidelines are like a gift being sent
> to schools so there is no excuse to not provide necessary technology etc,
> to all blind students
> -long discussion about Parental Rights and who actually is in charge of
> criteria that determines if a child should be taken from a blind parent due
> to some misconceived beliefs that blind parents are incapable of safely
> raising that child.
> -discussion about inadequate OVR services and lack of caseworker response
> to communications. Where & how are State/federal fund’s allocated? It would
> be interesting to know!
> -Lynn shared OVR has quarterly public meeting that would be important to
> attend to gain information about services.
> Stay safe & healthy out there everyone! Reach out if you feel alone or
> need support of some sort! We are in this crazy covid-19 together!
> Carole Cruise
> Secretary Capital Chapter
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