Marketing the Vending Program
 
Resolution 2014-15
 
Whereas, for a variety of reasons, the number of individuals being trained under the Randolph-Sheppard vending program and the number of vending facility locations are dramatically declining in many states; and
 
Whereas, this trend raises serious concerns about the future viability of this program; and
 
Whereas, one of the primary reasons for the decline in the program is a culture within state licensing agencies and the blindness community itself that devalues the  Randolph-Sheppard vending program as a worthy employment goal for people who are blind; and
 
Whereas, the Commissioner of the United States Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Janet LaBreck, has recognized this problem by her public statements concerning the need for a marketing initiative for the Randolph-Sheppard vending program;
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 18th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, that this organization urge RSA to encourage state licensing agencies to give priority to each of the following:

  1. The retention of existing vending facility locations and the establishment of new ones, and
  2. Training new vending facility operators; and

Be it further resolved that this organization urge its state affiliates to work with their legislatures, governors, and state licensing agencies to bring about this change; and
 
Be it further resolved that the ACB public relations committee offer its assistance to the Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America and state affiliates to design marketing strategies to change the negative attitudes concerning the worthiness of employment in the Randolph-Sheppard vending program. 
 
Adopted.
 
Ray Campbell, Secretary