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August 28, 2009
Dear President Obama:
My name is Amy Buresh. I am a wife, mother, college graduate, employed professional, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska, and a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind. I am an active member in my community of Lincoln, Nebraska, and I am a life-long, competent Braille reader.
I was born prematurely on June 4, 1974, in Fairbury, Nebraska, and I have been blind since then due to retinopathy of prematurity. When I was five, my family moved from our farm to Nebraska City so that I could attend the Nebraska School for the Visually Handicapped. My parents made this most difficult decision--relocating to a new community far away from family, friends, and all they knew--so that I could continue to live at home during my school years rather than in a dormitory. There I received a solid education and had a normal family life.