[nfbwatlk] Thousands of kids in Washington waiting for new eyeglasses, Associated Press, December 8, 2008

Gloria fairyfoot at webband.com
Wed Dec 10 17:46:16 UTC 2008

Very disturbing. 

Gloria Whipple
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nfb of WA
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eyeglasses, Associated Press, December 8, 2008

Thought many on this list might find this disturbing.


Thousands of kids in Washington waiting for new eyeglasses The Associated

Thousands of children who are enrolled in the state's Medicaid program have
waited months for new eyeglasses.

Some children have been without glasses since the start of the school year,
prompting doctors and educators to worry about vision problems and obstacles
to learning.

The mother of a 9-year-old girl who is a fourth grader in Spokane, Lori
Williams, says, "This entire thing is outrageous."

Her daughter, Kiera, tells The Spokesman-Review, "Sometimes, during recess,
I can't really play because I don't feel well."

The backlog can be traced to new security protocols and computer software at
the Airway Heights Corrections Center, where inmates work in a state-run
optical lab to make every lens and frame for poor people served by the
state's subsidized insurance program.

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