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RE: The Randolph-Sheppard Act in Arizona

RESOLUTION 2007-2
RE: The Randolph-Sheppard Act in Arizona

WHEREAS, the Randolph-Sheppard Act passed by the United States Congress and the Randolph-Sheppard Act passed by the Arizona Legislature delegate administrative implementation to the Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona Department of Corrections has refused to allow blind Business Enterprise operators to operate vending facilities in its institutions, thus breaking the law by failing to give blind Business Enterprise operators the first right of refusal; and

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RE: Transition Services for Blind Youth

RESOLUTION 2007-1
RE: Transition Services for Blind Youth

WHEREAS, The federal Rehabilitation Act as amended requires planning for needed transition services begin no later than age 14, and

WHEREAS, These requirements establish the ages at which activities must begin, but do not prohibit starting transition services at younger ages, and

WHEREAS, There is a demonstrated strong tie between summer youth programs for blind adolescents and eventual success in employment, and

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RE: Integrated Paratransit Service

RESOLUTION 2006-06
RE: Integrated Paratransit Service

WHEREAS the current fix-route bus system in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area as well as the light-rail project under construction, spanning across several cities, are both integrated systems under a single agency, the Regional planning & Transit Authority (RPTA), and yet the Para transit system is fragmented into several parts, &

WHEREAS this fragmentation results in lengthy transfers on Dial-A-Ride between cities as well as inefficient scheduling & route planning, and

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RE: Inaccessible Gaming Machines

RESOLUTION 2006-05
RE: Inaccessible Gaming Machines

WHEREAS, manually-operated slot machines with audible feedback have long been the standard in all gambling casinos; and

WHEREAS, the audible feedback accorded blind persons full access to the slot machines without sighted assistance; and

WHEREAS, there is a move to replace these machines with alternatives using paper vouchers and random sound effects unrelated to machine function, rendering them virtually inaccessible to blind customers without sighted assistance; NOW, THEREFORE,

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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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