Blind advocates protest in Tallahassee, Florida
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Blind advocates protest in Tallahassee todayThe News-Press
March 22, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA About 50 advocates for the blind and visually impaired converge on the Capitol today with a mission to lobby for more services and protest legislation.
"We are going to specifically be talking about the Braille issue that we have for our children," said Sabrina Deaton, a spokesperson for the National Federation of the Blind of Florida.
Wielding white-tipped canes and aided by service dogs, the group will meet with House leaders, including Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who is considered a champion of their issues.
The adoptive father of a blind son, Baxley is the speaker pro tempore and last year formed the "Vision Caucus," a group of 25 lawmakers who focus their attention on blind and visually impaired issues.
Deaton said the group wants to defeat a bill that would make it more difficult for blind students in public schools to get Braille instruction.
Florida law requires a team of four to evaluate blind students, and calls for Braille instruction if only one of them, usually a parent, demands it. The bill would require the team to vote unanimously for the service, Deaton said.
"Braille is our lifeline, our literacy," she said.
The News- Press