RE: The Rehabilitation Services Administration Services for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Deaf Blindness Training

Year: 
2012
Resolution Number: 
2012-02

RESOLUTION 2012-02
RE: The Rehabilitation Services Administration Services for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Deaf Blindness Training

WHEREAS, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration is a combined agency serving both blind and general disability population, RSA Administrator, Kathy Levandowsky, and The Department of Economic Security demonstrated their support and belief in specialized service delivery for the blind by

• Elevating the position of Program Manager of services for the blind and visually impaired and deaf, to Deputy Administrator, and

• Reorganizing the direct report of rehabilitation counselors for the blind, their supervisors, and support staff in a direct chain of command to that deputy administrator, and

• Incorporating a general practice of involving the NFBA, The Governor’s council on Blindness and Visual Impairment, and other community blindness groups in all interview processes for key staff, and

WHEREAS, as of September 4, 2012, Arizona RSA has employed a new Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Deaf deputy administrator who is new to the field of blindness, and

WHEREAS, as of July 27, 2012, Arizona RSA has employed a new Blindness specialist responsible for blindness competency and training, who is also new to the blindness field, and

WHEREAS, all of the new rehabilitation counselors for the blind hired in the last two years have been new to the blindness field, and

WHEREAS, in the past SBVID has developed and incorporated specific blindness competency training which was required of all new staff during their probationary period including out of state travel to the National Federation of the Blind national convention, and

WHEREAS, this summer SBVID sent staff to the National Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)convention, and

WHEREAS, the NFB national convention is the largest gathering of blind consumers with the most diverse opportunities for specific employment and training divisions run by competent blind leaders: NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED: by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in Convention assembled this 9th day of September, 2012, in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, that this organization urges AZRSA to send SBVID administration and supervisors to the 2013 NFB national convention in Orlando, Florida, as well s the NFB National office for philosophy and training, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The NFBA urges and supports AZRSA SBVID in the development and implementation of a required, comprehensive blindness competency training program for all staff working with blind consumers.

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