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Oct 6, 2008
Would you be so kind as to send out a petition that a friend of mine has going? Deadline of Oct. 15 and is still in need of 300 + sigs. This petition is based for Illinois, but she would like to see it eventually become national and then maybe international. Would appreciate your assisstance. Thank you.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/approve-vision-first-form

I've a newbie friend who is having a hard time getting her petition off the ground. She's trying to get 1000 sigs by Oct. 15 on the issue of getting a form approved to stay consistant thru out the childs school years, yet the State won't be part of it, of course. We all know what government is like in the US, if you don't know someone or make big payments to Power Co, you are a nobody.

(since it's hard for me to remember where each and everyone of my friends live, country wise, if you receive this, will you forward to your US friends, I/we would appreciate that, or learn how to adapt it for your country or state as well maybe) what an idea, universal forms...

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/approve-vision-first-form

If you have the time to pass this on, that would be great!

Thank you.

I need to add, please check out the Vision First website as well, the next victim just might be your child. http://www.visionfirstfoundation.org/join.php

Janet's Care2; http://www.care2.com/c2c/people/profile.html?pid=988028690

There is also a Care2 group for Vision First; http://www.care2.com/c2c/invite.html?id=4957853JiOG

Here's what a couple of Eye Pro's have to say about a Childs Vision;

# 356: 5:30 PM PDT, Sep 29, Dawn Bearden, Florida
I am an Eye Doctor in Florida and I see MANY children that come into my office with pretty significant visual and eye health problems that were simply NOT picked up on the Vision Screenings done either in school or at a Pediatrician's office. These children can have LIFELONG vision problems if these visual and eye health issues are not diagnosed and treated early enough. It is sad that most parents are not told about the limitations of Vision Screenings and the importance of early eye examinations.
I like that the Vision First Form does not have an area that says "not able to assess". If a child is taken to a pediatrician and they just check all of the "not able to assess" boxes - then the child is getting a Vision Screening - NOT an eye exam. This is NOT the intent of the law. Also I like that the form has descriptions of the eye conditions on it - so it is easy for parents and teachers to understand what the form is talking about.

# 361: 9:35 PM PDT, Sep 29, Keeley Verrett, Florida
Hello: I am an Optometrist in South Florida. I work with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind in a program called the Heiken Fund for Children. We provide on-site eye examinations for children in the Miami Dade School System. Because of this program, I witness children each week who have needlessly suffered through many years of education without proper vision care. The need for standardized full eye examinations for children in kindegarten is long overdue. In this age of "change," it is time that we put children's education first. One of the most important ways we can do this is by addressing vision issues during early education in each and every child.

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