RE: Funding of Independent Living Services
WHEREAS, the population of blind persons eligible for independent living services is growing at an alarming rate, due in part to the aging of "baby-boomers"; and
WHEREAS, the fiscal resources available to serve this growing population is woefully inadequate to meet the needs; and
WHEREAS, newly blind persons in need of services to assist them in staying in their own home communities is as important as vocational rehabilitation services; and
WHEREAS, the provision of independent living services, including travel training, will help to prevent such serious injuries as broken hips which are costly to both patients and insurance companies alike; and
WHEREAS, more blind persons living in their home communities will decrease nursing home costs and such problems as isolation and depression; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED, by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona, in convention assembled, this 17th day of September, 2006, in the City of Tucson, Arizona, that this organization vigorously urge the Governor and Arizona State Legislature to appropriate an additional $1 million to the Rehabilitation Services Administration to be used to serve current and new independent living clients during the next fiscal year.