Public Forum (Thursday, April 19, 2012)

Lighthouse Central Florida
421 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Paul Edwards, Chair called the meeting to order at 4:15 PM

Council Members Present:   Paul Edwards, Jesus Garcia, Henry Alexander, Andrew Raines, Bruce Miles, Vicky Magliocchino, Ted Hull,  Christopher White, Donté Mickens, Sheryl Brown,  Sylvia Stinson-Perez, Dan O’Connor, Paul Kaminsky, Joe Minichiello, Sue Townsend and Joyce Hildreth.  Gloria Mills represented NFB.

Council Staff: Phyllis Dill

DBS Staff:  Lynn Ritter, Anthony Pileggi, Brian Michaels, Sue Velasko,

Lighthouse staff:  Lee Nasehi, Keith Gee, Lee Van Eepoel, Dylan Buhain, Joyce Skipper

Interpreters: Emily Jones and Jessica Rodas

Twenty-four consumers were in attendance.

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Ninth Consumer comments:

Believe that prices should come down for all equipment the visually impaired needs.

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Eleventh Consumer comments:

Asked if a cell phone available for someone with low vision.


Twelfth Consumer comments:


Lee Nasehi informed everyone of a new radio program talk show called Blind Matters, hosted by Michael Golder, who is blind.  It’s on every Saturday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on AM station 810.  You can also access it through the website

Public Forum adjourned at 5:50 PM

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