RESOLUTION 2011-20

Full Funding of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
for the Blind and Visually Impaired

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2011-20

SUMMARY:

1. This organization urges Congress and the Rehabilitation Services Administration to work with states to ensure that rehabilitation services are provided to eligible citizen without delay.

2. ACB's officers, directors, staff, and members urge Congress to maintain enough funding to state rehabilitation programs so that disabled, and especially blind and visually impaired, citizens are fully prepared for jobs commensurate with their knowledge, education, and experience.

3. ACB's officers, staff, and the Rehabilitation Issues Task Force are hereby requested to work with affiliates in advocating with their state legislatures to provide sufficient state funding to draw down all potentially available federal funds.

WHEREAS, states across the United States are experiencing historic downturns in revenue, and are finding it necessary to cut expenses wherever possible; and

WHEREAS, the federal government is seeking to reduce the deficit by slashing levels of funding and Sometimes, whole programs; and

WHEREAS, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding dollars which were being used in many states for funding some rehabilitation services will be ending this year; and

WHEREAS, roughly 80 percent of the dollars available for vocational rehabilitation come from federal sources, while states provide roughly 20 percent and must provide their full share in order to "draw down" all available federal dollars; and

WHEREAS, this combination of increasing demand and decreased funding results in many qualified people with disabilities being forced to wait months before receiving any services;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the John Ascuaga Nugget Hotel Resort and Casino in Sparks, Nev. on the15th day of July, 2011, that this organization urge Congress and the Rehabilitation Services Administration to work with states to ensure that rehabilitation services are provided to eligible citizen without delay; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ACB's officers, directors, staff, and members urge Congress to maintain enough funding to state rehabilitation programs so that disabled, and especially blind and visually impaired, citizens are fully prepared for jobs commensurate with their knowledge, education, and experience; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ACB's officers, staff, and the Rehabilitation Issues Task Force are hereby requested to work with affiliates in advocating with their state legislatures to provide sufficient state funding to draw down all potentially available federal funds.

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary