I love this quote. It’s the spirit of America. Congratulations to a man living the American dream—our new leader and my inspiration, President-elect Barack Obama.
Six years ago, I took action for change. My eldest daughter had passed her vision screenings with a major vision problem. Today Illinois has “Amy’s Law” and a required eye exam for children starting school.
President Obama…you asked us to believe, “Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington…I’m asking you to believe in yours.”
Here’s my list of real changes needed for children’s vision:
1. The OLD: A public health policy that promotes vision screenings.
CHANGE We Need: A public health policy that promotes comprehensive eye and vision examinations. Vision screenings are inadequate. Let’s bring children’s vision into the 21st century. Learn more about Vision First here…
2. The OLD: From the National Institutes of Health, Healthy People 2010, “Increase the availability of vision screening for pre-school children ages 5 years and under.”
CHANGE We Need: Increase the availability of eye exams for pre-school children ages 5 years and under. Vision screening is not a substitute for an eye examination.
3. The OLD: More from the Healthy People 2010, “Increase the proportion of people having dilated eye health examinations at regular intervals.”
CHANGE We Need: Increase the proportion of people having comprehensive eye and vision examinations at regular intervals. We shouldn’t neglect vision. A healthy eyeball could still have a functional vision problem.
4. The OLD: Federal bill H.R. 507 and S. 1117, the Vision Care for Kids Act.
CHANGE We Need: A federal bill that provides grant money to States requiring eye exams for children starting school. All children need eye exams, not just those who failed a vision screening. Read more about H.R. 507 here…
5. The OLD: Illinois parents can only submit the State form as proof of an eye exam.
CHANGE We Need: Illinois parents should be able to submit other forms approved by the State, such as the Vision First form, as proof of an eye exam. The Vision First form ensures a child’s best school supply–healthy eyes and good vision, but the Department of Public Health won’t approve it.
Opponents of change want me to quit. I’ve been told: public support won’t make a difference; to go away for a few years; and the best yet, we can’t do this because a square peg won’t fit through a round hole.
Guess what? I’ve found many holes in the proposed rule for Illinois’ new eye exam law. Read my objection letter here. And yes…there’s one big enough to fit our square peg.
November 4, 2008 proved democracy is alive and that America IS a place where all things are possible.
Thank you, President Obama.
“Yes we can.”
Barack Obama: “This victory alone is not the change we seek… So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.”
Make a difference here…
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