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RE: Educational Institutions’ Commitments to Accessible Technology

RESOLUTION 2014-05
RE: Educational Institutions’ Commitments to Accessible Technology

WHEREAS, access to information is critical to education, career advancement, independence, and living a well-informed personal and professional life; and

WHEREAS, in the past decade the shift from print to digital information in educational institutions has been transformative; and

WHEREAS, digital technology and information have become an essential and integral part of education today; and

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RE: Principles That Should Govern the Purchase of Screen-Access Technology for Vocational Rehabilitation Clients

RESOLUTION 2014-04
RE: Principles That Should Govern the Purchase of Screen-Access Technology for Vocational Rehabilitation Clients

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RE: Seeking Funding for the Establishment of a Statewide Support Service Provider Program for Deaf-Blind Persons

RESOLUTION 2014-03
RE: Seeking Funding for the Establishment of a Statewide
Support Service Provider Program for Deaf-Blind Persons

WHEREAS, individuals with deaf-blindness or combined hearing and vision loss often need assistance with such tasks as communicating with hearing-sighted persons in various situations; traveling into the community to conduct personal business and independent living tasks, going to medical appointments, handling print mail, attending group social and recreational activities, etc.; and

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RE: Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

RESOLUTION 2014-02
RE: Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

WHEREAS, the CRPD is the first international treaty to address disability rights and is based on the American values of equality and non-discrimination as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act; and

WHEREAS, the CRPD will export American Constitutional values around the world and improve access for Americans with disabilities, including veterans, students and business professionals who live, work, or travel abroad; and

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RE: A Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind Advisory Council

RESOLUTION 2014-01
RE: A Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind Advisory Council

WHEREAS, The Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) was first established in 1912 to provide education for students with sensory impairments such as blindness or deafness; and

WHEREAS, Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S § 15-1325 requires the superintendent, as well as all management and supervisory staff, to be competent educators of the deaf or the blind and to be acquainted with school management and class instruction of the deaf or the blind; and

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RE: Funding for the Independent Living for the Blind Program

RESOLUTION 2013-05
RE: Funding for the Independent Living for the Blind Program

WHEREAS, The Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration, provides unduplicated services to blind/visually impaired Arizonans in the areas of Independent Living, and

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RE: Releasing the Arizona Business Enterprise Program From the Arizona Procurement Requirements

RESOLUTION 2013-04
RE: Releasing the Arizona Business Enterprise Program
From the Arizona Procurement Requirements

WHEREAS, the Arizona BEP operates under the federal regulations 395.14 (B) and Arizona Revised Statute 23-504, in cooperation with the State Licensing Agency, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and

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RE: Ending Subminimum Wage Payments to Workers with Disabilities

RESOLUTION 2013-03
RE: Ending Subminimum Wage Payments to Workers with Disabilities

WHEREAS, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), founded on the erroneous belief that people with disabilities lack the capacity for competitive, integrated employment, currently permits approximately 3,000 employers to obtain Special Wage Certificates allowing them to pay over 400,000 workers with disabilities wages that are less than the federal minimum wage, herein referred to as “subminimum wages,” some as low as 3 cents per hour; and

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RE: Legislative Efforts to Protect the Adoption, Decision Making/Custody, And Parental Time/Visitation Rights of Blind Parents

RESOLUTION 2013-02
RE: Legislative Efforts to Protect the Adoption,
Decision Making/Custody, And Parental Time/Visitation Rights of Blind Parents

WHEREAS, the experiences of thousands of blind parents demonstrate that, using alternative techniques and strategies, blindness is not a barrier that prevents them from caring for, supervising, or teaching young children, and from assuring the safety of said children; and

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RE: Support for the National Reading Media Assessment

RESOLUTION 2013-01
RE: Support for the National Reading Media Assessment

WHEREAS, being able to read and write efficiently, is essential to effective communication, access to highly skilled and highly paid employment, and success in the community; and

WHEREAS, only 10 percent of today’s blind students under age twenty-two are being taught to read Braille, resulting in a 45 percent high school graduation rate for blind students; and

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