KCB Resolutions - November, 2015

The Following resolutions were adopted at the 2015 conference and convention of the Kentucky Council of the blind. Resolutions may be adopted either by the General Assembly meeting in convention, or by the KCB Board of Directors acting on behalf of the organization. For more information or to propose resolutions, send an email to resolutions@kentucky-acb.org or call KCB at 502-895-4598.

Resolution 2015-01

Full Funding for Office for the Blind

WHEREAS, the Kentucky Office for the Blind (OFB) is the Commonwealth’s sole state rehabilitation agency that provides a continuum of career counseling, training, and placement services designed to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to find employment; and

WHEREAS, the OFB’s primary funding source is the Basic Support federal matching grant, meaning that for every $1 of state funds received by OFB, the federal government provides $3.69, and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth’s failure to fully fund OFB's services for the blind and visually impaired has resulted in the loss of $1,071,668 in Federal funds in 2014, $1,114,844 in 2015, and a total loss of $7,530,951 over the past six years; and

Whereas this decreased funding by the Commonwealth of Kentucky has resulted in the reduction of OFB staff by 30% and the closing of eligibility categories, thus severely limiting services much-needed by blind and visually impaired people in all parts of the state;

Now therefore be it resolved by the Kentucky Council of the Blind, in convention assembled this 14th day of November, 2015, at the Ramada Inn North in Louisville, Kentucky, that KCB join forces with other organizations throughout Kentucky in calling upon the Legislature of the Commonwealth and the Governor to fully fund the Office for the Blind by increasing its budgetary allotment by $933,000 in FY2016, thus allowing OFB to receive full Federal funding and provide career counseling, training, and placement services to all eligible Kentuckians who are blind or visually impaired; and

Be it further resolved that this organization distribute this resolution to all state legislators, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and the Governor, and take any and all actions needed to call upon our elected officials to restore this funding.


Resolution 2015-02

OFB Appreciation

Whereas the purpose of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to find employment for people who are blind or visually impaired and to provide independent living services to older blind Americans; and

Whereas the OFB administration has found it necessary to operate under severe fiscal restraints due to lack of state funding; and

Whereas OFB staff has been reduced by over 30 per cent due to decreased funding; and

Whereas the administration and staff has demonstrated a dedicated and focused effort to provide required services under extreme adverse circumstances;

Now therefore be it resolved by the Kentucky Council of the Blind, in convention assembled this 14th day of November, 2015, at the Ramada Inn North in Louisville, Kentucky, that this organization expresses its appreciation to Executive Director Allison Flanagan and her staff for their commitment to continued quality services for the blind and visually impaired of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and

Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be sent to the Governor, Workforce Development Cabinet, and the Office for the Blind.


Resolution 2015-03

Braille and Technology Instruction at KSB

Whereas the mission of the Kentucky School for the Blind is to provide comprehensive educational services to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired as deemed appropriate by the IEP process, and
Whereas some educational services provided by the school, such as instruction in braille and assistive technology, should be of the highest quality so as to assist students to achieve positive educational outcomes; and
Whereas research has demonstrated that fluency and proficiency in these areas contribute to better lifetime outcomes and satisfaction for blind and visually impaired adults in areas such as post-secondary education, career readiness, job performance etc.; and
Whereas a perceived decrease in student proficiency in Braille and adaptive technology skills has become a concern of both advocates and professionals throughout the field;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Kentucky Council of the Blind, in convention assembled this 14th day of November, 2015, at the Ramada Inn North in Louisville, Kentucky, that the Kentucky Council for the Blind calls upon the Kentucky School for the Blind to focus upon student fluency and proficiency in braille and assistive technology, with expectations of student achievement at or above grade level; and

Be it further resolved that the Kentucky School for the Blind require faculty to be certified in teaching of the visually impaired, either at the time of employment or shortly thereafter, and that faculty members themselves be proficient in braille and the use of adaptive technology; and
Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be sent to the Governor, the Commissioner of Education, all members of the State Board of Education, and administrators at the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky School for the Blind.



Resolution 2015-04

Hotel Appreciation

Whereas it is appropriate that this conference and convention express its thanks and appreciation to our host hotel;

Now therefore be it resolved by the Kentucky Council of the Blind in convention assembled this 14th day of November, 2015, that this organization communicate its gratitude to the management and staff of the Ramada Inn North Hotel for their warm welcome, hard work and hospitality.

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