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RE: Braille Literacy and Technology Access

RESOLUTION 2010- 3
RE: Braille Literacy

WHEREAS, literacy, being able to read and write efficiently , is essential to effective communication, access to highly skilled and highly paid employment, and success in the community; and

WHEREAS, only 10 percent of today’s blind students under age twenty-two (22) are being taught to read Braille, resulting in a 45 percent high school graduation rate for blind students; and

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RE: RSA Procurement Exemption

RESOLUTION 2010 - 2
RE: RSA Procurement Exemption

WHEREAS; RSA offers unduplicated services to blind Arizonans; and

WHEREAS; services provided and purchased by RSA are critical to insuring successful rehabilitation to persons with disabilities such as blindness; and

WHEREAS: RSA must work within the Arizona state procurement code which limits access to the most efficient, optimal, and economical services; and

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RE: Braille Literacy and Technology Access

RESOLUTION 2010 -1
RE: Braille Literacy and Technology Access

WHEREAS, research has shown that Braille literacy is crucial for success in education and employment; and

WHEREAS, access to books and other reading materials is necessary in order to practice reading skills; and

WHEREAS, research also shows that during the summer, all K-12 students’, whether they are blind or sighted, will have decreased reading skills in the fall if they don’t spend a significant amount of time reading during the summer; and

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RE: Thanking the AZ State Library and Senator Jorge Luis Garcia for the preservation of NFBA Newsline

RESOLUTION 2009-05
RE: Thanking the AZ State Library and Senator Jorge Luis Garcia for the preservation of NFBA Newsline

WHEREAS, Newsline is an electronic system for blind and other consumers use to access hundreds of newspapers, magazines with a touch-tone telephone twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona State Library provides telephone access to all users in Arizona of NEWSLINE who are unable to read the print version; and

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RE: RSA Procurement Exemption

RESOLUTION 2009-04
RE: RSA Procurement Exemption

WHEREAS; RSA offers unduplicated services to blind Arizonans; and

WHEREAS; services provided and purchased by RSA are critical to insuring successful rehabilitation to persons with disabilities such as blindness; and

WHEREAS: RSA must work within the Arizona state procurement code which limits access to the most efficient, optimal, and economical services; and

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RE: Reading Rights

RESOLUTION 2009-03
RE: Reading Rights

WHEREAS, the ability to read is critical to living a well-informed personal and professional life; and

WHEREAS, blindness and some other disabilities pose challenges to accessing all available written information fully and efficiently; and

WHEREAS, text-to-speech technology has helped to remove these access barriers for the approximately fifteen million blind and otherwise print-disabled people living in the United States; and

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RE: Access to Electronic Textbooks

RESOLUTION 2009-02
RE: Access to Electronic Textbooks

WHEREAS, advances in technology have brought us hand-held electronic book-reading devices such as the Kindle by Amazon and the Reader Digital Book by Sony; and

WHEREAS, ink on paper cannot be read independently by the blind, but, when properly created, electronic books offer total access to blind and other print-disabled individuals, vastly enlarging the amount of information available to the blind; and

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RE: Braille Literacy

RESOLUTION 2009-01
RE: Braille Literacy

WHEREAS, literacy, being able to read and write efficiently , is essential to effective communication, access to highly skilled and highly paid employment, and success in the community; and

WHEREAS, only 10 percent of today’s blind students under age twenty-two (22) are being taught to read Braille, resulting in a 45 percent high school graduation rate for blind students; and

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RE: Opposition to Proposed Randolph-Sheppard Legislation

RESOLUTION 2008-14
RE: Opposition to Proposed Randolph-Sheppard Legislation

WHEREAS, the National Federation of the Blind has been an active champion of opportunities available under the Randolph-Sheppard Act because they offer competitive wages, which far too often are unavailable to blind people; entrepreneurial opportunities to manage vending facilities available in no other disability employment program; and chances for blind people to be seen by society performing meaningful work, which helps change the negative perceptions that many have about the capacity of the blind; and

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RE: Use of MathML to Improve Access to Technical Information for the Blind

RESOLUTION 2008-13
RE: Use of MathML to Improve Access to Technical
Information for the Blind

WHEREAS, while screen access programs and Braille translation software have given the blind unprecedented access to information that is fundamentally coded as literary text, it has been more difficult for these technologies to provide efficient and effective access to information that, at its core, contains scientific and mathematical expressions; and

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