RSVA Employment Institute Initiative
 
Resolution 2014-08
 
Whereas, for a variety of reasons, the number of Randolph-Sheppard program vending facilities is dramatically declining in many states; and
 
Whereas, this trend raises serious concerns about the future viability of this program; and
 
Whereas, Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA), an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, has developed an initiative to create, with the assistance of the federal government, the Humphreys Randolph-Sheppard Employment Institute; and
 
Whereas, the primary purpose for the Humphreys Randolph-Sheppard Employment Institute is to provide important and essential stimulus for a major expansion of the employment and advancement of blind managers under the Randolph-Sheppard Act and in collaboration with state licensing agencies; and
 
Whereas, under the leadership of the president of Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, the Rehabilitation Services Administration and its Commissioner have expressed support for the RSVA initiative; and
 
Whereas, RSVA is committed to aggressively pursuing the creation of the Institute in order to make a major impact on the lives of blind individuals for many years to come; and
 
Whereas, the American Council of the Blind strongly supports efforts to create employment opportunities for persons who are blind or who have low vision; and
 
Whereas, the expansion of the Randolph-Sheppard vending facility program, through the establishment and implementation of the Humphreys Randolph-Sheppard Employment Institute, has enormous potential to reduce unemployment among blind individuals;
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 16th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, that this organization hereby endorse the creation and development of the Humphreys Randolph-Sheppard Employment Institute as proposed by Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America and pledge its full support for this initiative; and
 
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution shall be provided to the president of Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America.  

Adopted.
 
Ray Campbell, Secretary