RE: Seeking Funding for the Establishment of a Statewide Support Service Provider Program for Deaf-Blind Persons

Year: 
2014
Resolution Number: 
2014-03

RESOLUTION 2014-03
RE: Seeking Funding for the Establishment of a Statewide
Support Service Provider Program for Deaf-Blind Persons

WHEREAS, individuals with deaf-blindness or combined hearing and vision loss often need assistance with such tasks as communicating with hearing-sighted persons in various situations; traveling into the community to conduct personal business and independent living tasks, going to medical appointments, handling print mail, attending group social and recreational activities, etc.; and

WHEREAS, deaf-blind persons often do not have sufficient financial resources to pay out of pocket for these specialized access services and

WHEREAS, deaf-blind individuals live across the entire state, and yet programs to assist in providing these specialized access services to deaf-blind persons exist only in the Phoenix and Tucson areas but not in other parts of the state; and

WHEREAS, state-wide SSP programs exist in ten (10) states; and

WHEREAS, the Committee on Deaf-Blindness of the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment is undertaking the organizing of a steering committee to spearhead development of a statewide SSP Program; and

WHEREAS, in 2012, the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona adopted a resolution supporting the establishment of a Statewide SSP program NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in Convention assembled this fourteenth day of September, 2014, in the City of Tempe, Arizona, that this organization assist in seeking funding for the establishment of a statewide SSP Program.

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