2013 Resolutions Summaries

Note: This publication reflects only those resolutions which were adopted by the convention. Resolutions which were referred to other ACB entities for further consideration, tabled or withdrawn are not included in this document.  Below are the summaries of the 2013 resolutions with links to the full text.  You may also choose the printer-friendly link at the bottom for a printer-friendly version of all summaries.

Summary of 2013 Resolutions

Resolution 2013-01 congratulates the District of Columbia Council of the Blind on its 100th anniversary.

Resolution 2013-02 thanks the Department of Education for drawing attention to the need for braille instruction but also demands that the department provide regulations that circumscribe the circumstances regarding braille instruction.
Resolution 2013-03 endorses the TEACH Act and calls upon Congress to move promptly on its introduction and enactment.
Resolution 2013-04 declares its vehement opposition to the implementation of state-administered computerized common core assessments which do not permit students with disabilities to use their preferred assistive technology to take such tests.
Resolution 2013-05 calls upon the Secretary of Transportation to direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to undertake an immediate review and revision of DOT's rules concerning service animals to harmonize them with the DOJ service animal regulations.
Resolution 2013-06 expresses ACB’s hope that Amazon immediately makes the Kindle accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Resolution 2013-07 strongly urges, through its Information Access Committee, web site developers who require CAPTCHAs on their sites to utilize at least one word-based CAPTCHA alternative.
Resolution 2013-08 expresses  strong  opposition to the proposed use of chained CPI to calculate adjustments in Social Security cash benefits for recipients who are blind or visually impaired and advocates that the proposed use of the chained-CPI does not occur.
Resolution 2013-09 urges Adobe Systems, Inc. to make the accessible document setting the default rather than an option.
Resolution 2013-10 urges ACB to work with national news media to profile the pernicious effects of sequestration on the employment opportunities of people who are blind or visually impaired.
Resolution 2013-11 urges ACB to work in coalition with the American Foundation for the Blind and, as appropriate, with other organizations representing people with disabilities, to defend the full scope of existing information accessibility protections in current copyright law and to advocate for the full and fair use of literary, audiovisual, and any other copyrighted works by people with disabilities.
Resolution 2013-13 resolves that this organization commit to the repeal of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act with the stipulation that any legislation include specific safeguards to protect those individuals working under 14(c) certificates from losing their jobs. ACB should work with the Congress of the United States to achieve this objective.
Resolution 2013-14 salutes and expresses its deepest appreciation to Mr. Eric Bridges for his myriad contributions to the work of ACB and to the independence, equality, and economic security of all people who are blind or visually impaired.
Resolution 2013-15 urges the adoption of the standards within ANSI 507, and also ultimately as a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding accessible routes located adjacent and parallel to vehicular drives and wheel stops for parking spaces immediately adjacent to the accessible walkway.
Resolution 2013-16 resolves that this organization should be prepared, as appropriate, to support its affiliate, the Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA) in articulating for policymakers the unique challenges faced by blind vendors that would make the imposition of a healthy snack sales requirement unduly burdensome.
Resolution 2013-17 directs its legislative and advocacy staff to meet with the co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus in the House of Representatives, and with other members of Congress who will assist in addressing the issues raised in this resolution in order to ensure that diabetics who are blind or visually impaired have access to the widest possible array of testing options.
Resolution 2013-18 calls upon guide dog schools that before decisions are made that will substantially downsize schools, management shall reach out to graduates so that such decision-making can be collaborative; that each school shall include at least two graduates on their governing body; that schools be encouraged to schedule regular conference calls with their graduates to facilitate effective, two-way communication.
Resolution 2013-19 states that ACB believes that it is now imperative that the whole blindness community come together to develop and implement a comprehensive action plan to begin to develop and implement a national strategy, including a major public awareness campaign, to increase federal funding for older Americans who are experiencing vision loss.
Resolution 2013-20 urges the GDB board of directors, in the future, to take no actions similar to those discussed in this resolution without prior consultation and input from its graduates.
Resolution 2013-21 expresses this organization’s extreme displeasure that any state or local jurisdiction would even consider asking people with disabilities to relinquish their right to vote privately and independently. The officers, directors and staff of this organization are instructed to seek the assistance of all appropriate entities so as to create opportunities to end this discriminatory and pernicious practice
Resolution 2013-22 thanks the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
Resolution 2013-23 thanks the convention host committee and members of the American Council of the Blind of Ohio.
Resolution 2013-24 offers thanks to the convention volunteers.