RESOLUTION 2010-10

IRS
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2010-10

SUMMARY:

1. This organization commends the IRS for the training and hiring of persons who are blind or who have low vision.

2. This organization requests the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to establish a stakeholder work group that would include representatives of consumer organizations, including the American Council of the Blind and other relevant parties, to examine methodologies used in the training program for prospective IRS employees who are blind or who have low vision.

WHEREAS, recent statistics indicate that persons with disabilities, including those with visual impairments, are underrepresented in the federal workforce; and

WHEREAS, for many years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been a model in the training and hiring of persons who are blind or have low vision; and

WHEREAS, this program has led to the employment of scores of persons with visual impairments; and

WHEREAS, although some individuals were trained successfully for their IRS positions in the local offices, many continue to receive training through the IRS program at Lions World Services for the Blind in Little Rock, Arkansas; and

WHEREAS, training at Lions World can take six months or longer, thus forcing trainees to leave their homes and families for extended periods of time; and

WHEREAS, given the importance of this training program, it is imperative that a stakeholder group be established to analyze the existing methodologies used by the IRS to determine what changes to recommend;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz., on the 16th day of July, 2010, that this organization commend the IRS for the training and hiring of persons who are blind or who have low vision; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization request the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to establish a stakeholder work group that would include representatives of consumer organizations, including the American Council of the Blind and other relevant parties, to examine methodologies used in the training program for prospective IRS employees who are blind or who have low vision.

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary