AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
OF NEW YORK, INC.
AN AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, WASHINGTON, D.C.
A SELF-HELP ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO
IMPROVING THE LIFESTYLE AND INDEPENDENCE
OF THE BLIND
Whereas, Blindness is considered to be a disability by its limiting of at least one major life function, mainly vision and,
Whereas, People who are blind require specialized services unique to the needs of the disability and,
Whereas, The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) has provided these specialized and specific services to blind individuals and their families from birth to death through a unique public/private partnership successfully since 1913 and,
Whereas, The existing laws covering access for people with disabilities, e.g. the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, do not mandate full and equal access for people with sensory loss and, Whereas, The NYSCB meets or exceeds the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) specified standards and indicators year after year using the current model of providing services and,
Whereas, the New York State Office of the Aging (NYSOFA) is conducting a feasibility study on the creation of an Office of Community Living and, Whereas, The New York State Office of the Aging is not offering any information on what an Office of Community Living might look like or the scope of services that might be available from such an office and,
Whereas, The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has retained its autonomy throughout the feasibility study and for any creation of an Office of Community Living;
Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc., in convention assembled on this the 30th day of October, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, New York, that the New York State Commission for the Blind retain its position within the Office of Children and Family Services as the New York State Commission for the Blind and,
Be It Further Resolved that the NYSCB should continue to provide its high quality specialized services via its public/private partnerships to individuals from birth to death who are blind throughout the state of New York and,
Be It Further Resolved that the NYSCB should be provided autonomy from being a part of or participating in the creation or existence of any office providing overarching services not specifically for people who are blind and,
Be It Further Resolved that a copy of this resolution shall be provided to the Director of NYSOFA, the members of the steering committee conducting the feasibility study, the Assembly Task Force for People with Disabilities, the Associate Commissioner of the NYSCB, the Executive Board to the NYSCB, the New York Vision Rehabilitation Association, the New York State Rehabilitation Council to NYSCB, the Governor, Assembly and Senate.