Impact of Sequestration on Employees of NIB-Affiliated Agencies
 
American Council of the Blind
Resolution 2013-10
 
Summary
 
This organization should work with national news media to profile the pernicious effects of sequestration on the employment opportunities of people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
WHEREAS, over the past several months, due to the implementation of sequestration, many National Industries for the Blind-associated agencies have seen business through the AbilityOne program curtailed to a startling extent; and
 
WHEREAS, the result of this curtailment of orders from the federal government has resulted in layoffs of dedicated blind employees, furloughs of one to two days per week of many such employees, and the entire closure of several plants and production programs throughout National Industries for the Blind's network of associated agencies; and
 
WHEREAS, America's national press and other media have been largely silent about the impact that sequestration has had, and is likely to continue to have, on a number of segments of the United States population, including blind and visually impaired workers; and
 
WHEREAS, National Industries for the Blind and its associated agencies have not fulfilled their responsibility to tap their considerable resources to speak out about the hardships that sequestration has imposed on employees who are blind;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 11th day of July, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, that this organization call upon National Industries for the Blind, and its associated agencies, to urgently craft and commence a coherent and compelling communications strategy that effectively uses the national news media to inform the public about the unconscionable impact of sequestration on workers who are blind or visually impaired; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization urge the United States Congress and the President of the United States to take all necessary steps to allow federal contracting and procurement with National Industries for the Blind-associated agencies to return to at least pre-sequestration levels; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization work with national news media to profile the pernicious effects of sequestration on the employment opportunities of people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Adopted.
 
Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary