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RE: Reading Restrictions on the NLS Digital Download Project

RESOLUTION 2008-05
RE: Reading Restrictions on the NLS Digital Download Project

WHEREAS, in October 2006 the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS) began to provide an alternative way for borrowers to access its collection by allowing some patrons to download books and magazines over the Internet; and

WHEREAS, the NLS Website already contains over 10,000 books and more than a dozen periodicals for patrons to download, and NLS plans to add additional materials each month to the Website for downloading; and

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RE: The Department of Defense Report on the Military Dining Facility Conflict

RESOLUTION 2008-04
RE: The Department of Defense Report on the Military Dining Facility Conflict

WHEREAS, beginning in 2003, and occurring in every annual piece of legislation to reauthorize Department of Defense (DOD) Programs through 2006, Congress has addressed the conflict between blind vendors under the Randolph-Sheppard Act and the severely disabled under the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act in the operation of military dining facilities; and

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RE: Books Formatted for Braille from Bookshare.org

RESOLUTION 2008-03
RE: Books Formatted for Braille from Bookshare.org

WHEREAS, Bookshare.org is a project dedicated to the legal distribution of books and periodicals in accessible formats, including electronic Braille; and

WHEREAS, with creativity and ingenuity Bookshare.org offers unprecedented access to general books and periodicals to blind readers through a mechanism enabling the sharing of books scanned by thousands of individuals, which eliminates significant duplication of effort; and

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RE: Momentum Toward Solving the Quiet Cars Crisis

RESOLUTION 2008-02
RE: Momentum Toward Solving the Quiet Cars Crisis

WHEREAS, the blind rely on the sound made by motor vehicles to determine when it is safe to cross streets and driveways, traverse parking lots, and otherwise be aware of when moving vehicles are present; and

WHEREAS, since 2003 the National Federation of the Blind has expressed deep concerns about the safety of the blind and other pedestrians due to the silencing of motor vehicles, particularly those hybrid and other electric vehicles that use batteries instead of combustion engines; and

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RE: Full Funding Of NLS Conversion Project

RESOLUTION 2008-01
RE: Full Funding Of NLS Conversion Project

WHEREAS, access to library services is just as important for blind Americans as it is for our sighted peers, and the only public library service available to the blind is that provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS); and

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RE: Accessible Textbooks for Higher Education

RESOLUTION 2007-7
RE: Accessible Textbooks for Higher Education

WHEREAS, blind persons in Arizona are enrolling in higher education at an ever-increasing rate; and

WHEREAS, blind students need textbooks in alternate format so they can succeed in higher education; and

WHEREAS, textbooks are available in electronic form, which can be downloaded for student use, yet are not readily available; and

WHEREAS, no Federal law exists to compel publishers of textbooks to provide electronic textbooks to blind students; NOW, THEREFORE,

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RESOLUTION 2007-6

RESOLUTION 2007-6
RE: Commendation of Senator Linda Gray

WHEREAS, the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona spearheaded legislation in the Arizona Legislature during the 2007 Session to gain additional funding for the Rehabilitation Services Administration to provide more services to newly blind persons receiving independent living services; and

WHEREAS, Senator Linda Gray served as chief sponsor of SB 1264, a bill which provided $500,000 to fund these services; and

WHEREAS, SB 1264 became a part of the state budget discretionary funds; NOW, THEREFORE,

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RE: No Child Left Behind Testing

RESOLUTION 2007-5
RE: No Child Left Behind Testing

WHEREAS, the federal legislation known as "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) revised the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and, among other provisions, required periodic testing of K-12 students to assess progress of students and progress of schools as a whole; and

WHEREAS, re-authorization of NCLB is now before Congress, which will undoubtedly make changes throughout existing law; and

WHEREAS, under current NCLB, states have significant flexibility in the development of tests used to measure student progress; and

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RE: Services for Deaf / Blind Persons

RESOLUTION 2007-4
RE: Services for Deaf / Blind Persons

WHEREAS, there are an estimated 21,000 persons in Arizona with varying degrees of combined vision and hearing loss; and

WHEREAS, deaf/blind persons in Arizona need support service providers to assist in communication, information and environmental access when in the community for situations such as for conducting personal business; going to medical appointments and meetings; and shopping, etc.; and

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RE: The Foundation for Blind Children

RESOLUTION 2007-3
RE: The Foundation for Blind Children

WHEREAS, the Foundation for Blind Children is a NAC-accredited agency for the blind; and

WHEREAS, NAC stands for the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired; and

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