I received services from DBS from when I was two months old until I started school. I am now twelve and in seventh grade. A few years ago I received from DBS a CCTV (which I named Cecile) to help me read and see around my classroom. But when it broke, DBS could not afford to replace it. (A new CCTV costs about $3,000.00.) I now use a borrowed CCTV from my local Lighthouse but it does not have a periscope to help me see around my class.
My parents pay out of pocket for a private vision teacher (Ms. Jennifer), all my magnifiers, my hand held reader (which I named Lucille) and my school. The picture here shows some of the things my mom and dad buy for me that other kids out of my age group receive from the State.
Because 80% of learning occurs through our eyes, devices like my Cecile and Lucille are vital to my academic and social success! The money we asked for helps kids like me become better students and eventually adults who contribute to our state and nation. Please support this funding! (See last year's "Budget Request".)
Do you have any questions? Let my mom know on the "Contact" page. (Don't forget to contact your legislators there, too, please.)