Commendation of Eric Bridges for His Years of Service to ACB
American Council of the Blind
Resolution 2013-14
This organization 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.
WHEREAS, six years ago, Mr. Eric Bridges of Arlington, Virginia, joined the staff of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) to serve as ACB's Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs; and
WHEREAS, Eric came to ACB after a successful seven-year stint in public policy working for the National Industries for the Blind where he was both mentored and highly valued by the late Patricia M. Beattie, former national treasurer of ACB; and
WHEREAS, Eric's tenure and accomplishments demonstrate his consummate professionalism, unwavering commitment to the rights and capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired, and tremendous aptitude for advocacy; and
WHEREAS, Eric has worked tirelessly to represent the unique and diverse needs of consumers with vision loss in a host of blindness-specific and cross-disability coalitions, particularly the so-called Legislative Working Group (LWG), the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), and the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT); and
WHEREAS, as part of his work in COAT, Eric was a stalwart advocate for described television, meaningful emergency information accessibility, and the accessibility of the most popular advanced communications services which, among other critical policy enactments, are embodied in the historic Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act; and
WHEREAS, Eric's professionalism and relationship-building skills were determinative in the successful enactment of the Pedestrian Safety and Enhancement Act which, by substantially reducing the menace of so-called quiet cars, will save the lives and protect the well-being of people who are blind or visually impaired throughout America; and
WHEREAS, Eric's solutions-oriented and results-driven style was essential to the enactment of groundbreaking language in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act to create best practices in the delivery of accessible prescription drug container labeling; and
WHEREAS, Eric has been an effective champion for the rights and opportunities of blind vendors participating in the Randolph-Sheppard program and has been celebrated even this week for such consistent efforts by the Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA); and
WHEREAS, in these, as in all of his many accomplishments, Eric has been a valued team player, a firm but friendly voice, and a man of integrity and honor; and
WHEREAS, Eric's approachability and willingness to build constructive dialogue, even with sometimes difficult partners, has measurably improved ACB's relationship with, and standing among, many organizations and audiences; and
WHEREAS, Eric's last day with ACB will be Friday, July 19, 2013, inasmuch as he is pursuing other promising endeavors; and
WHEREAS, Eric is expressing his desire and commitment to continue to be active in the life and work of ACB;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this organization salute and express 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; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we, the women and men of ACB, wish Eric, and his wife Rebecca, every success that we know from experience they can achieve, and we look forward with gratitude to their continued fellowship and activism among us.
Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary