[nfb-talk] FW: [nfbwatlk] {Disarmed} Fw: Don't Deny Blind Grad Student Support He Needs to Graduate

Humberto Avila avila.bert.humberto2 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 7 06:18:05 UTC 2013

Please see below!

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From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Lauren
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 10:58 PM
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Subject: [nfbwatlk] {Disarmed} Fw: Don't Deny Blind Grad Student Support He
Needs to Graduate

I am not sure what this student needs to graduate, but perhaps people can
sign this petition and put helpful comments in the comments field.  I
referred him to our national office. 

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Emily V., Care2 Action Alerts 
To: Lauren Merryfield 
Sent: Friday, April 05, 2013 9:04 AM
Subject: Don't Deny Blind Grad Student Support He Needs to Graduate

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      action alert! 
      Vincent Martin is blind and pursuing a master's degree at Georgia Tech
even without the university's full support. His friend wants to make sure he
gets all the help he needs to succeed. 
              Help Blind Student Get Access to Everything He Needs to Learn 
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            it helps!         

      Dear Lauren, 

      Connie Davis met Vincent Martin at the Center for the Visually
Impaired in Atlanta. He was her computer instructor, one of many roles he
takes on, from volunteer computer teacher for senior citizens to first
fully-blind master's candidate at Georgia Tech. But to Connie, Vincent is
just a kind, brilliant friend. 

      That's why Connie was so dismayed that, despite his hard work and
expertise, Georgia Tech wasn't giving Vincent the support he needs to get
his graduate degree. 

      Vincent is studying Human Computer Interaction and is often asked to
guest lecture on the subject to other professors. His accomplishments are
even more impressive given his disability. Many requirements on campus are
web-based and not accessible to Vincent, even with his special assistive
software. While he gets electronic textbooks, they don't give him access to
equations essential for his study. 

      There are things Georgia Tech can -- and, in fact, is legally
obligated -- to do to help Vincent succeed. Blind graduate students in
technical fields often have up to 20 hours of sighted assistance each week.
Vincent has made do with just five. They can also provide tactile
descriptions of diagrams in class. 

      "He is a role model to all Blind and Visually Impaired people," Connie
told us. We'd go one step further: Vincent is a inspiration to everyone. 

      Join Connie's fight and ask Georgia Tech administrators to make sure
Vincent gets everything he needs to earn his master's degree! 

           Thank you for taking action, 

            Emily V.
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