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Blind advocates travel to the state's capital

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A group of Savannah residents are in Atlanta Tuesday pushing for improved services for the blind.

"Blindness is not a disability, it's what we consider in the National Federation for the Blind a nuisance, said National Federation of the Blind of Chatham County member McAuthor Jarrett. "Our lives are no different than the sighted world, the only thing is we can't see," she said.

The group of about 40 visually impaired adults, members of organizations and agencies for the blind, are heading to the state's capital where the Georgia Statewide Calition on Bindness is hosting a day where they can push for improved services for the blind.

"We are hoping that they will see that we are a definite part of the community and we are not afraid to get out and meet the candidates," said Vice President of the Savannah Council of the Blind Teresa Brenner.

"I also want them to hear platforms on other issues that are relevant to them," said Social Worker for the Savannah Association for the Blind Terri White.

The group will give suggestions on how to improve services like transportation, employment, education and policy for the blind.

"We really want to work as hard as we can to get something done for us, bills passed that will help us along the way," said member of the National Federation for the Blind Michael Anthony.

While each person on the trip has a different story, "I am legally blind," said Brenner.

"My optic nerves died in 1999," said Anthony.

"I was born with visual impairment," Jarrett.

Their needs are the same, and they are making sure their presence is seen on the state's capital.

Members of the Savannah Association for the Blind Peer Group, the Savannah Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind of Chatham County will meet with gubernatorial candidates and political leaders Tuesday morning to push for blind services.

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