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Federationists Out in Cold, Again, This Time In Kalamazoo, Demand Commission 'Bring Boone Back'
Date:2/22/2010

Patrick Cannon, Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind, fired Christine Boone, Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind Training Center.  Cannon claimed the reason was a Marksman program Boone had authorized to help blind students realize that they can do most all the things they ever did despite their blindness.  

"Michigan is an outdoor state.  Many blind people learned to hunt and use guns as young people with their parents who hunted in Michigan's forests and fields.  They ought to be able to continue to work, live, and enjoy recreation, and feel confident," said Posont.  

"We (the NFBM) have been accused of trying to destroy the Commission," said Michael Powell, First Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.  "We created the Commission and have high expectations for its potential to advocate and work to help blind people achieve first-class citizenship.  The kinds of confidence-building activities that Boone was overseeing are exactly what we expect the Commission to do.  The Commission, with a positive attitude toward blindness and blind people, is what we
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