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RE: An Increase of Funding for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

RESOLUTION 2006-04
RE: An Increase of Funding for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

WHEREAS, the State of Arizona historically has not appropriated sufficient state monies to meet the vocational rehabilitation needs of blind and other persons with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, last year, the State of Arizona was forced to turn back over $9 million to the Federal government due to the lack of sufficient state appropriation to match the Federal dollars; and

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RE: Reform of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act

RESOLUTION 2006-03
RE: Reform of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act

WHEREAS, the program now known as the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) program was established during the Depression to create jobs for blind people by allowing nonprofit agencies employing the blind to have priority in sales of products to the federal government as long as 75 percent of the labor hours worked directly on production of products at the agency were performed by blind persons; and

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RE: Payment of Readers in Higher Education

RESOLUTION 2006-02
RE: Payment of Readers in Higher Education

WHEREAS, live readers continue to be a necessary and invaluable tool for blind students to obtain equal access to class materials; and

WHEREAS, many blind students cannot afford to pay their readers out of pocket; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will provide funding for readers unless "comparable benefits" are available; and

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RE: Funding of Independent Living Services

RESOLUTION 2006-01
RE: Funding of Independent Living Services

WHEREAS, the population of blind persons eligible for independent living services is growing at an alarming rate, due in part to the aging of "baby-boomers"; and

WHEREAS, the fiscal resources available to serve this growing population is woefully inadequate to meet the needs; and

WHEREAS, newly blind persons in need of services to assist them in staying in their own home communities is as important as vocational rehabilitation services; and

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RE: Proposed Regulations to Implement IDEA

RESOLUTION 2005-10
RE: Proposed Regulations to Implement IDEA

WHEREAS, provisions for access to instructional materials were included in recently enacted legislation to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was signed by President Bush on December 3, 2004, but as often occurs, ambiguity exists in the meaning of these provisions; and

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RE: The devaluation of the RSA proposed by the Department of Education

RESOLUTION 2005-09
RE: The devaluation of the RSA proposed by the Department of Education

WHEREAS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees the largest funding stream and program to prepare people with disabilities, including blindness, for independence and employment, with approximately two-thirds of those actually served achieving a successful employment outcome; and

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RE: Access by the Blind to Touch-Screen Devices

RESOLUTION 2005-08
RE: Access by the Blind to Touch-Screen Devices

WHEREAS, touch-screen devices, including point-of-sale terminals, self-service check-in and check-out visual display units, lottery machines, ticketing machines, and other kiosk-type devices present opportunities for speedy transactions, promise abbreviated wait times, and facilitate the growing cashless society; and

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RE: Choice in Rehabilitation for Veterans

RESOLUTION 2005-07
RE: Choice in Rehabilitation for Veterans

WHEREAS, the conflict in Iraq reminds all Americans of the sacrifices that members of the American armed services make in defense of the freedoms we often take for granted; and

WHEREAS, among these sacrifices is a heightened risk of loss of life or serious injury that may include blindness; and

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RE: Opposition to Existing Legislation to Reinstate the FCC Video Description Rule

RESOLUTION 2005-06
RE: opposition to existing legislation to reinstate the FCC
video description rule

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RE: Disabled Student Services Offices

RESOLUTION 2005-05
RE: Disabled Student Services Offices

WHEREAS, disabled student services (DSS) offices at Arizona's universities and community colleges provide accommodations to many blind students, such as Braille and electronic copies of textbooks; and

WHEREAS, effective methods exist for blind students to access materials without the help of a DSS office, such as employing readers or borrowing books from digital libraries; and

WHEREAS, even the largest DSS office cannot provide complete accommodations for all blind students; and

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