Blinded Veterans Association

Blinded Veterans Association In 1945, a group of veterans blinded during World War II came together to form the BVA. Today we serve all veterans who are blind and visually impaired, by helping them with VA claims, blind rehab, and finding employment when they are ready.
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The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) traces its roots back to the end of World War II. BVA's forefathers were a group of veterans blinded during that conflict. In 1945, they met at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital in Avon, CT and founded the association. Thirteen years later, BVA received its charter from the United States Congress. Ever since, the Blinded Veterans Association has worked to accomplish the mission expressed in our Congressional Charter. To enhance employment opportunities, assist in procuring benefits offered by public and private agencies and provide educational information and scholarships.

Mission: Our Mission... "To promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world." "To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another." "To maintain and extend the institution of American freedom and encourage loyalty to the constitution and laws of the United States and of the states in which they reside." If you are a blind or visually impaired veteran, if you are a relative or a friend or if you just want to get involved, write, email or give us a call. We are the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. We are here to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness. More information can be found at bva.org

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#COVID19 might have canceled events far and wide, but the United States Association of Blind Athletes isn't letting COVI...
09/04/2020

#COVID19 might have canceled events far and wide, but the United States Association of Blind Athletes isn't letting COVID-19 stop them from hosting their annual National Blind Sports Week with fun webinars and virtual activities. Check out the link below for more information.

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📅 Mark your calendars and join the United States Association of Blind Athletes for National Blind Sports Week (Sept. 28-Oct. 3), a six-day virtual experience focused on participation and awareness of sports and opportunities available to athletes who are blind and visually impaired. The week culminates with the 3rd annual National Blind Sports Day on Saturday, Oct. 3.
https://www.usaba.org/third-annual-national-blind-sports-day-expands-to-week-of-virtual-programming-in-2020/

75 years ago in March, the Blinded Veterans Association was founded by veterans who were blinded in WW II combat. Just o...
09/03/2020
V-J Day 75th anniversary: 5 things to know about Japan's World War II surrender

75 years ago in March, the Blinded Veterans Association was founded by veterans who were blinded in WW II combat. Just over 5 months later they were able to celebrate not only their newfound friendships but the official ending of WWII. Visit the link below for some interesting history on #VJDay. This year, in honor of #VJDay75, President Donald J. Trump designated Wilmington, NC as a #WWII historical site.

[Image Description: U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, left, watches as Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the surrender document aboard the battleship Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945.(C.P. Gorry / Associated Press)]

World War II ended in the Pacific 75 years ago, on Sept. 2, 1945, when Japan formally surrendered to U.S. and Allied forces.

Getting a flu shot this fall is more important than ever! Reduce your risk of flu and help prevent hospitals from being ...
09/02/2020

Getting a flu shot this fall is more important than ever! Reduce your risk of flu and help prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients with the flu or coronavirus, as both can have a serious impact on #veterans and employees. Anyone can get sick, and flu and COVID-19 can each lead to severe illness, hospitalization, and even death. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Thanks to the passing of H.R. 4920, which allows AbilityOne and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department ...
08/31/2020
Viewpoint: New bill a boon to the blind, disabled

Thanks to the passing of H.R. 4920, which allows AbilityOne and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to work together to coexist. to achieve their complimentary service missions. Bosma Enterprises's CEO Jeff Mittman, a member of Blinded Veterans Association stated: "Without this long-term solution, the total loss of jobs would have been devastating, both for people who are sighted and those who are blind, visually impaired or have significant disabilities. It would have meant job losses for several veterans as well, many of whom have disabilities." https://www.courierpress.com/story/opinion/2020/08/28/viewpoint-new-bill-boon-blind-disabled/5665295002/

Without this long-term solution, the total loss of jobs would have been devastating, both for people who are sighted and those who are blind, visually impaired or have significant disabilities.

Did you miss the past two weeks of Blinded Veterans Association Virtual Webinars? You can watch any or all of the webina...
08/25/2020

Did you miss the past two weeks of Blinded Veterans Association Virtual Webinars? You can watch any or all of the webinars at https://buff.ly/3aoOk3E. We had great guests including speakers from NASA's Johnson Space Center and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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What values are important to you? BVA members often embody the values of the branch of #military service they are a part...
08/24/2020
Help BVA Light the Way for Veterans Mired in Darkness!

What values are important to you? BVA members often embody the values of the branch of #military service they are a part of. For example, BVA Member Eric Marts embodies the U.S. Army Values of LDRSHIP. Read his story below. https://buff.ly/2Ytqfnw

[Image Description: Black and White photo of Eric Marts repelling down the side of a cliff at 2019's Blinding Endeavors Ranger Edeavors.]

Your Gift Guides our Blinded Veterans Back to Independence. LDRSHIP. It’s not a misspelling but an acronym for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage—values of the United States Army to which Master Sergeant Eric Marts of Moorhead, Minnesota first committed ...

Jeffery Mittman, CEO of Bosma Enterprises and Blinded Veterans Association member, discusses the significance of providi...
08/21/2020
Hoosier congressional leaders play an important role in preserving jobs for people who are blind or have significant disabilities

Jeffery Mittman, CEO of Bosma Enterprises and Blinded Veterans Association member, discusses the significance of providing sustainable employment for more than 45,000 people who are blind or severely disabled, including more than 3,000 wounded, ill or injured veterans via the AbilityOne program.

Learn more about the role #BVA played in championing the legislation that helped safeguard the AbilityOne program.

This past weekend, the president signed the bipartisan bill, House Resolution 4920. While the bill received little attention, it will have an enormous impact on Americans who are blind and

08/20/2020
VA Sessions

Join us for our last Virtual Webinar! At 1PM, Dr. Paul Lawrence, Under Secretary of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the VBA system. At 2PM, we will be joined by Tom Howard, Chief of Staff of the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs system. Finally, at 3PM, we will be joined by Jason Latona, Chief Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) to discuss housing grants available to blind veterans.

Today is our last day of Virtual Webinars, don't miss out! At 1PM EDT, we will be exploring the Veterans Benefits Admini...
08/20/2020

Today is our last day of Virtual Webinars, don't miss out! At 1PM EDT, we will be exploring the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs then at 2PM EDT, we will explore the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and finally, at 3PM EDT, we will explore the VA Loan Guaranty Housing Grant Programs. To join us, please visit https://buff.ly/3g5HUb7

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08/18/2020
BVA Virtual Conference - Caregiver Sessions

Welcome to BVA's Virtual Conference Caregiver Sessions! At 1PM we have Travis Wilson, VIST, who will be speaking on 'What happens when the caregiver needs a caregiver'. Then at 2PM we have a Caregiver Panel with Gary Barg of @TodaysCaregiver, BVA Executive Director Don Overton, and Vispero Vice President Richard Tapping. Finally at 3PM, Kelly Golden (BROS) and Trudi Valdez (VIST) will be speaking on Enabling vs. Empowering.

We have another great week of #zoom Virtual Webinars coming up! Tomorrow will have three #caregiver sessions, featuring ...
08/17/2020

We have another great week of #zoom Virtual Webinars coming up! Tomorrow will have three #caregiver sessions, featuring two sessions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a Caregiver Panel with Gary Barg of Caregiver. For details and times, visit https://buff.ly/3g5HUb7

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Did you miss this week's Virtual Webinars? Don't despair! We have multiple amazing webinars planned for next week as wel...
08/14/2020

Did you miss this week's Virtual Webinars? Don't despair! We have multiple amazing webinars planned for next week as well. For more information and the full schedule, visit https://buff.ly/3g5HUb7. If you want to watch the last two sessions, check out this playlist https://buff.ly/3aoOk3E.

08/13/2020
Space and Vision Loss - BVA Virtual Webinars 2020

Yesterday, Dr. Steven Laurie and Tracy Minish of NASA's Johnson Space Center had an exciting presentation at BVA's Virtual #Webinar. Check out the video here! #NASA #Veteran #Zoom https://buff.ly/3als7U2

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Blinded Veterans Associations' 2020 Virtual Webinars; webinar two took place on August 12, 2020, This two-part session will explore Spaceflight Associated Ne...

BVA celebrates legislative victory as President Donald Trump signed into law two of BVA's longstanding legislative prior...
08/12/2020

BVA celebrates legislative victory as President Donald Trump signed into law two of BVA's longstanding legislative priorities on August 8.

"BVA sincerely thanks Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) for introducing this critically important legislation and President Trump for signing the measure into law,” said BVA Executive Director Donald Overton.

To learn more about the new Specially Adapted Housing grants and AbilityOne employment program visit: https://bva.org/president-signs-critical-legislation-for-blinded-veterans/.

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08/12/2020
www.youtube.com

Did you miss our first virtual webinar yesterday? Check out the recording to learn how to use and navigate zoom if you have any visual impairments.

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Today marks the 238th anniversary of the Purple Heart. Today we take time to recognize and honor all those who were woun...
08/07/2020

Today marks the 238th anniversary of the Purple Heart. Today we take time to recognize and honor all those who were wounded or gave their lives in battle; they sacrificed everything so that we may be free. #PurpleHeartDay

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We are excited to announce that BVA will be hosting NASA's Johnson Space Center Lead Scientist Dr. Steve Laurie to discu...
08/06/2020

We are excited to announce that BVA will be hosting NASA's Johnson Space Center Lead Scientist Dr. Steve Laurie to discuss how space flight affects vision and Mission Control Center Systems Operations Manager Tracy Minish will speak on his experience managing space missions with vision loss. https://buff.ly/39ZKApd

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BVA cares about its veterans. If you are a blind veteran who is still waiting on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs c...
08/05/2020

BVA cares about its veterans. If you are a blind veteran who is still waiting on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs claim, let us guide you through the process. Contact our National Service Officers for free assistance: https://buff.ly/2XxpcCv

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We might be in the throes of a global pandemic, but we will continue rising to the challenge to defeat it. Much like our...
08/04/2020

We might be in the throes of a global pandemic, but we will continue rising to the challenge to defeat it. Much like our blinded #veterans continue to rise to the challenge of vision loss. #Donate now to continue helping them rise to the challenge! https://buff.ly/2BpNOpc

[Image Description: White background, the right is a photo from the 2019 Blind Appalachian Trail hike, where a group of blinded veterans hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail. To the left is the text "Vision loss can't keep our blinded veterans down!" At the bottom is the BVA logo.]

07/31/2020
Who are Caregivers? – Blinded Veterans Association

Caregivers play an important role in the lives of our blinded veterans. Read this lovely article from one of our own caregivers, Patti Hail, about who caregivers are - featured in our July monthly newsletter. https://buff.ly/2Pczun9 #caregiver #veteran

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Who are Caregivers? Who are Caregivers? Caregivers are the people who rise to the challenge when a loved one has a need that they cannot accomplish without help. Everyone associated with BVA has some degree of relationship with this concept. Remember when that “jerk in the little white coat said ....

BVA National President Dr. Thomas Zampieri was interviewed by BVA Member Steve Baskis in his podcast, Baskis 360. Tom sp...
07/30/2020
‎Baskis 360 on Apple Podcasts

BVA National President Dr. Thomas Zampieri was interviewed by BVA Member Steve Baskis in his podcast, Baskis 360. Tom speaks on key legislation affecting blinded veterans that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Listen to his interview by following the link below!

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‎Comedy · 2020

The United States Access Board for Public Service and Government is hosting an online celebration of the 30-year anniver...
07/29/2020
Join the Access Board for a Virtual Celebration of the ADA on July 29 - United States Access Board

The United States Access Board for Public Service and Government is hosting an online celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act (#ADA). This meeting will take place on Zoom, via the internet or dialing in by telephone, today, July 29, from 1:30-3:00 PM ET. For more information as well as the Zoom link and dial-in numbers, visit https://buff.ly/3jQLUzi #ThanksToTheADA

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The Access Board will celebrate the ADA’s 30th anniversary with a virtual public meeting on July 29 from 1:30 – 3:00 (ET). The event will feature a discussion of the ADA and its achievements with guest speakers and Access Board members.

“Ken’s unique qualities as a peer mentor and an exemplary ambassador for BVA are impossible to replicate,” said BVA Exec...
07/24/2020

“Ken’s unique qualities as a peer mentor and an exemplary ambassador for BVA are impossible to replicate,” said BVA Executive Director Donald Overton. “He has risen to the challenges in his own life and now motivates others to do the same by fearlessly doing the hard things of life and never giving up.” Read the rest of the story below and donate to support our passionate blinded veterans like Ken! https://buff.ly/32RWJe8

[Image Description: A photo from the waist up of Ken Horn at the Tower of London when he visited the Blind Veterans UK for Project Gemini, a joint exchange program.]

Did you receive our e-newsletter yesterday? If not, you missed out on this inspiring story by BVA member, Tracy Ferro. C...
07/23/2020

Did you receive our e-newsletter yesterday? If not, you missed out on this inspiring story by BVA member, Tracy Ferro. Check out "Blinded Veterans: Always Rising to the Challenge" below and let us know what you think! https://buff.ly/2OTZ2oI

[Image Description: Left to right, Jester Tracy Ferro, Queen Robin Robinson, and King Paul Andreas at the BVA Louisiana/Mississippi Regional Group Mardi Gras Celebration.]

BVA's July 2020 newsletter is live now! Read for legislative updates, inspiring stories including BVA members Tracy Ferr...
07/22/2020
BVA July 2020 Newsletter

BVA's July 2020 newsletter is live now! Read for legislative updates, inspiring stories including BVA members Tracy Ferro and Ken Horn, and a great caregiving article from the BVA Auxiliary Reporter, Patti Hail. If you're not already signed up for our newsletter, sign up at bva.org.

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How many times have you heard that you amaze people with what you can do while being blind? How about the statement that they couldn’t do it? Sometimes you may have felt this way about yourself but then you realize that, at the end of the day, you can’t take off the nightshades. Yeah, it’s a c...

#BVAMemberHighlight: BVA's District 3, which comprises much of the southeastern states, is proud to honor Gretchen Wilso...
07/21/2020

#BVAMemberHighlight: BVA's District 3, which comprises much of the southeastern states, is proud to honor Gretchen Wilson as their Member of the Month for July 2020. Gretchen embodies the mission of BVA, blinded veterans helping blinded #veterans. Read more about the great work Gretchen does at https://buff.ly/39fGuJf

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***BREAKING NEWS***(Alexandria, Virginia) The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) today praised the bipartisan effort to ...
07/20/2020
Blinded Veterans Laud Bipartisan House Approval of Key Veterans Employment Legislation - Blinded Veterans Association

***BREAKING NEWS***

(Alexandria, Virginia) The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) today praised the bipartisan effort to pass by unanimous consent H.R. 4920, “The VA Contracting Preference Consistency Act,” legislation that will significantly enhance the lives of America’s blinded veterans for years to come. The bill has already passed the full Senate and moves to the White House for Presidential signature.

[Image Description: Logo with overlapping red, white, and blue stars and text that reads “Blinded Veterans Associaton - Serving Blinded Veterans for 75 Years”]

Blinded Veterans Laud Bipartisan House Approval of Key Veterans Employment Legislation (Alexandria, Virginia) The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) today praised the bipartisan effort to pass by unanimous consent H.R. 4920, “The VA Contracting Preference Consistency Act,” legislation that will ...

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On March 28, 1945, a group of 100 young men who had recently lost their sight during World War II, met at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital, near Avon, Connecticut. They discussed forming an organization to assist their fellow veterans in recovery and assimilation back to civilian life. These young men became the founders of the Blinded Veterans Association, and represented a cross-section of heroes and pioneers who shaped the rich history, philosophy, and knowledge of education and techniques rehabilitating the blind. These same men also provided insight into current and future challenges facing the blind and engaged in continual advocacy efforts to ensure that services for all blinded persons would be specialized for their unique life circumstances. In 1946, General Omar Bradley, of the Veterans Administration, appointed the Blinded Veterans Association as the first official representative of blinded veterans. In this role, The Blinded Veterans Association assumed responsibility for filing health and disability and appeals on behalf of blinded veterans to the Veterans Administration. In 1947 the Blinded Veterans Association was incorporated in New York State as a nonprofit association and then moved to Washington, DC, later that same year. Throughout the last 74 years, BVA has successfully carried out its important mission and contributed a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of America’s blinded veterans and their families. This has included working in close partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assure high-quality, comprehensive medical and rehabilitative services/benefits for blinded veterans. A pivotal moment occurred at the end of World War II when the U.S. Army discontinued its blind rehabilitation services for the war blind and BVA persuaded VA to assume the responsibility for their care and rehabilitation. In 1958, BVA was chartered by the 58th U.S. Congress to speak and write on behalf of blinded veterans in national legislative affairs. Ever since BVA officers and staff have worked tirelessly to fulfill the Association’s mission and uphold the ideals expressed in its Congressional charter by monitoring House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee activities and cooperating with other Veterans Service Organizations. One of BVA’s most notable accomplishments was to call for the establishment of a comprehensive residential Blind Rehabilitation Center. The facility would assist blinded veterans in their adjustment to vision loss and the acquisition of adaptive skills. Due in large measure to BVA’s efforts, the first BRC opened on July 4, 1948. As the numbers of war-blinded veterans increased with the onset of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, BVA pressured VA to expand the number of BRCs nationally. As BRC programs grew and evolved, BVA persuaded Congress and VA to expand eligibility for blind rehabilitation services to veterans whose blindness was not the result of their military service, but due to illness or age-related conditions. Literally, thousands of blinded veterans have received rehabilitation assistance as a result of this achievement. During the last 74 years, BVA has taken every opportunity to present the special needs of America’s blinded veterans before policymakers at all levels of government.

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Blinded Vet exposes Misplaced Wheelchair Curb Cuts in Florida that kill 130 Pedestrians every year. www.pedestriansmatter.org, @PedestriansFl, @ACLUFL
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Arthur Cima MM, 13 Btn AIF - WW1 Englishman Arthur Cima was in Australia at the beginning of WW1 and signed up with the ANZAC forces. He served with distinction at Gallipoli. Later he was posted to the Western Front where he earned the Military Medal. At the Battle of Messines Ridge in July 1918 he was shot in the face with a 'Dum-dum' explosive bullet. His face was partially destroyed and he lost the sight of both eyes. Arthur's long term friendship with Adeline Giudotti turned to romance, they married and she nursed him after he was invalided out of the army. When he died in 1974 he left a box of personal papers to his neighbour Dennis Claridge and it is from those letters, postcards and documents that Dr Claridge has constructed Cima's life's story. The book 'Arthur and Adeline' is now available on Amazon. The story is the subject of an illustrated talk on Tuesday 26th May at 2.00pm. BST (London time) To join the Zoom Meeting click this link or copy & paste into your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81526382399?pwd=VGptcWpLQVh4QW1taHA1bGFUNEQyZz09 Meeting ID: 815 2638 2399 Password: 149148 If you have not used Zoom previously we recommend clicking the link a few minutes before 2.00pm in order to have time to download a small app that enables Zoom to run on your device. (Due to copyright issues concerning some of the photos we are unable to record the talk for enjoying later on Youtube.
A blind veteran is looking to start a Blind Veteran Group jjust to meet and share in each others stories. If you know of anyone near the Marshfield MA area who would like to meet up and share in this group please let us know.
THE CAREER EXPO FOR PEOPLE WITH disABILITIES & WOUNDED WARRIORS To Pre-register, go to: www.eop.com/expo April 3, 2020 10-:00 am to 3:00 pm Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (concourse level) Washington, DC 20004 Join us at our DC career expo to meet with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies looking to recruit new talent. FREE ADMISSION: . Business attire required . Bring numerous copies of resume . Must be 18 years of age SPONSORED BY: Association of Higher Education and Disabilitiy (AHEAD)
Dear BVA Members: I moved to Sarasota as a Disabled Veteran in 1993 after serving 12 years of Active Duty. I believe the County, State, and Federal Government are abusing the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). I also believe this ADA Fraud has resulted in the deaths of several people. This ADA Fraud may be invisible to the average person. Just as, many Disabilities are Invisible. I am talking about the abuse of the ADA on our sidewalks. Pedestrian Safety is a Civil Right. The abuse of this Civil Right is Unlawful. Jessica, Lillia, Isabel, Alexis, Sophia, and my Neighbor's dog "Charlie" were all killed by this violation of our Civil Rights. Unfortunately, I have never been able to find a Non Profit willing to help. This is disappointing, why won't any organizations help. I am hoping individual members are willing to get involved. Why does a Blinded Veteran need to explain how it is wrong to obstruct our sidewalks or place Wheelchair Curb Cuts in dangerous locations? These Non Profits take in a lot of money but the only thing they seam to do is post stuff on their Social Media. But I still believe in the People. So lets do something. The BVA may not be able to help as an organization, but individual members can help by filing ADA Fraud Complaints and contacting our Legislators. In Memory of Jessica, Lillia, Isabel, Alexis, Sophia, and the many others killed in our Nations Fake Crosswalks installed because of ADA Fraud. https://www.pedestriansmatter.org Jeff Redding Sarasota, Florida 941-227-6965 Pedestrian Safety Advocate Lifetime Member, Blinded Veterans of America
Dear BVA Supporters: I am a Service Disabled Blinded Veteran living in Sarasota, Florida. We need your help. Sixteen years ago the Government obstructed the sidewalk in front of the Veterans Medical Clinic. Nobody gives a "F". They tell Blinded Veterans that we can get our wheelchairs around the Utility Posts. Their ADA Fraud electrocuted my neighbors dog "Charlie". Charlie wasn't a Guide Dog, just a loving family pet. Oh, it gets much worst. For many years Florida has been installing Deadly Unmarked Wheelchair Curb Cuts on High Traffic, High Speed Roads. Mothers with Baby Strollers, Elderly Women with Walkers, and School Children have all been killed because of this Deadly Abuse of the ADA. Please take a look or listen to the YouTube Video linked below. And, Floridians, please contact your Legislators to support the Pedestrian Safety Legislation at PedestriansMatter.org. Please review this short video: https://youtu.be/T7skn8CwB3Q Thanks, Jeff
Adults with CVI, NVI (Neurological or Cortical Visual Impairment) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2193958727371481/
I'm Rob, a blind veteran for 5 years. I have CVI. If you have CVI or any type of neurological blindness please come join my new group for adults with CVI. We are relatively few and far between and now real way to connect, until now. Please come join the family to share information, ask advice and maybe even laugh a little. Here is the link to the group: Adults with CVI, NVI (Neurological or Cortical Visual Impairment)://www.facebook.com/groups/2193958727371481/