[blindkid] RFB&D fundraising
dandrews at visi.com
Mon Feb 16 19:16:59 UTC 2009
I don't mean to stir things up, but I don't think Carol is being closed-minded.
RFB&D describes a kid for whom Braille wasn't working -- so they had
to use RFB&D's recorded books presumably. You describe a kid with
good Braille skills. If it is the same kid, then which is true.
It is RFB&D who is doing wrong by trying to raise money for its
service by saying that Braille doesn't work. They are the ones
polarizing people. This negative kind of fund-raising won't help
them in the long term. Maybe there is a reason that they recently
had to lay off 32 people.
At 02:22 PM 2/15/2009, you wrote:
>Wow! I'm almost ashamed to share this. Not because of the content,
>but the irony. Cooper happens to live in my state. He is a very
>well-spoken teenager with wonderful Braille skills, who is a very
>competent, capable young man. He joined a group of 6 other adults,
>who traveled to Austin and spoke before our State Board for
>Educators Certification. In Texas, certified teachers can take an
>exam in almost any area of education and get an additional
>certification. The blindness community in our state has rallied to
>strongly encourage our legislators to change this regarding
>CTVIs. We do not believe it's OK for just any teacher to take a
>couple of courses and an exam, then teach our kids, without ever
>completing the rest of the coursework or internship, which provides
>a period of much needed mentoring from an experience CTVI. Cooper
>brought some type of Braille note taking device with him to the
>podium that day, and he read his
> entire written testimony. All the board members stopped in their
> tracks to listen to this eloquent and clearly well-educated young
> man read his moving speech. I had to follow him, which was not
> easy. So I opened with that, "Hard act to follow," as I choked
> back tears of pride. And, Cooper is not even my son. I could only
> imagine how proud his mom would have been. She was unable to
> attend with him, though his CTVI traveled with him and also spoke that morning.
>Anyway, you might want to think before you respond, both in actions
>and in words, regarding others in the blindness community. If we
>only tear each other down, how will we help our children and
>families progress together towards a common good. In all honesty, I
>am disappointed with these clearly uninformed (and that is putting
>it nicely) responses, especially Carol. I thought you, along with
>several others I know, were voices of reason with an open-minded,
>open heart attitude. I hope I was not wrong.
>From: "Carol Castellano" <blindchildren at verizon.net>
>To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>; <nopbc-board at nfbnet.org>
>Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2009 12:15 AM
>Subject: [blindkid] RFB&D fundraising
>I recently received the RFB&D "Family News" in the mail. In their
>appeal for "a generous gift," they give a few real life
>stories. Here's a quote from the story on the front page:
>"Then came school. Cooper was aware of the sighted kids, running
>and playing and doing their schoolwork independently. He sometimes
>felt isolated. But he was always able to keep up--until the third
>grade. Cooper tried his hardest to read his books in Braille. But
>it was very difficult, and it took him a long time. But the end of
>the year, he had to miss a special class field trip because he had
>not met his reading requirements."
>OY! Stuff like that makes me so aggravated!
>----Inline Message Follows-----
>Hello Carol and listers,
> And the good RFB&D supplied him with his textbooks in an audio format.
>Cooper lived happily ever after because he never truly learned to read;
>something he would have done had he continued to receive his textbooks in
>Braille. Dribble like this comes out of guide dog schools and certain other
>agencies for the blind in their fundraising campaigns and other
>publications. They fill their coffers while doing serious harm to the blind.
>----Inline Message Follows-----
>All the more importance for the National Federation of the
>Blind--you just never know where such attitudes continue to linger!
>HAPPY DOTS BRAILLE SERVICES
>First Vice-PRESIDENT, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF ARIZONA
>EAST VALLEY CHAPTER
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>MESA, ARIZONA 85201
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