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RE: Transition Services for Blind Youth

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RE: Transition Services for Blind Youth

WHEREAS, The federal Rehabilitation Act as amended requires planning for needed transition services begin no later than age 14, and

WHEREAS, These requirements establish the ages at which activities must begin, but do not prohibit starting transition services at younger ages, and

WHEREAS, There is a demonstrated strong tie between summer youth programs for blind adolescents and eventual success in employment, and

WHEREAS, Pre-work summer programs relate to the Vocational Rehabilitation services and should be initiated sooner rather than later to develop increased skills and Higher expectations in blind youth, and

WHEREAS, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration is in the process of re-evaluating best practices and fully defining transition policies for blind youth, and

WHEREAS, Arizona Vocational Rehabilitation Services is finally fully funded to take advantage of the federally matched funds in order to provide the best and most comprehensive services to blind customers; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in Convention assembled this eighth day of September, 2007, in the city of Tempe, Arizona, that this organization call upon Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration to establish and enforce policy that supports the funding for blind youth to attend the summer training program of their choice as early as age fourteen.

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