Public Forum (Thursday, July 28, 2011)

Crowne Plaza Hotel
13051 Bell Tower Dr.
Ft. Myers, FL

Paul Edwards, Chair called the meeting to order at 4:05 PM

Council Members Present:  Paul Edwards, Ted Hull,  Henry Alexander, Jesus Garcia, Ben Grzesik, Bruce Miles, Dan O’Connor, Donté Mickens, Joe Minichiello, Paul Kaminsky, Sheryl Brown, Dwight Sayer, Vicky Magliocchino, Andrew Raines, Christopher White, Leanne Grillot and Joyce Hildreth.

Council Staff: Phyllis Dill

DBS Staff: Antionette Williams, Beth Crain, Wayne Jennings, Linda Brown

Interpreters: Heidi Adams and Alice Fasig

Twenty-two consumers were in attendance.

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Ms. Hildreth informed the consumers how beneficial it would be if everyone would take it on personally to let eye doctors know of their success.  She also mentioned that General Practitioners should also be included along with eye doctors and ophthalmologist.

Doug Fowler shared how VIP was working with doctors in the area.

Donte’ Mickens stated that it was equally important that visually impaired individuals shared information and the resources available with others.

Meeting adjourned at 5:30 PM

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