kvharmon54 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 23 13:07:11 GMT 2010
David, Welcome! You sound like you would be a very valuable asset to the FCB
and Miami Beach for that matter! I wish you the very best in your advocacy
work! Your friend in the cause, Kirk Harmon
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From: David New
To: fcb-l at acb.org
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:11 AM
Subject: [fcb-l] Introduction
Dear FCB members,
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is David New and I live in
I am proposing to start a new chapter of the FCB here in Miami Beach and I
am looking forward to meeting you in person this December in St. Petersburg
Just so you know a little bit about me, I am the Chairman of the Miami
Beach Disability Access Committee, a committee of the Mayor.
I have been on this committee for several years now and have been
instrumental in the implementation of the Audible Pedestrian Signal program
among other accessible features in our city.
I have started a non-profit organization called Power Access in order to
create a city wide event called Ability Explosion. The purpose of this event
is to create awareness and education in the community as well as create
opportunities for people with Disabilities while promoting accessibility for
everyone who lives and visits Miami Beach.
The greater goal is to make Miami Beach the most accessible destination in
With partners like the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Center for
Independent Living and dozens of organizations in the South Florida region
we have been able to create resources and a greater awareness of people
living with disabilities in our community.
It is my intention to further this goal through a mutually beneficial
relationship with the Florida Council of the Blind.
Thus far, we have been congregating each month to share our experiences,
to listen to speakers providing services in our area and to maintain a
strong position in the community.
We have advocated for change and introduced new technology for people who
are blind in our city.
We have discussed books, fundraising efforts and what are role should be
for the future.
It is my hope that the FCB will recognize that we are a viable and fertile
group dedicated to furthering the directives of the FCB by creating
educational, social, and economic opportunities specific to the needs of
Thank you for your consideration.
R. David New
Miami Beach (A proposed chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind)
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