Driver Assistance as Reasonable Accommodation for TVIs who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Resolution 2016-11
Whereas, there is a nationwide shortage of teachers of students with visual impairments, resulting in many vacant TVI positions going unfilled; and
Whereas, a significant proportion of these unfilled positions is for itinerant teachers who must travel by automobile to multiple schools in a large geographic region, more often than not in areas with insufficient public transportation; and
Whereas, there are any number of qualified TVIs who are blind or visually impaired who could fill such positions with the support of driver assistance; and
Whereas, many school districts fail to accommodate TVIs with vision loss by refusing to hire driver assistants, thus requiring these TVIs to incur the cost of such accommodations; and
Whereas, in some cases, school districts simply will not hire TVIs who are blind or visually impaired because of the need to provide this reasonable accommodation;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 8th day of July, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, that this organization express its support for TVIs with vision loss who frequently face disability discrimination in hiring and advancement; and
Be it further resolved that this organization call upon state and/or local education agencies to provide driver assistance to TVIs with vision loss for whom such a reasonable accommodation is appropriate.
Ray Campbell, Secretary