WHEREAS, for two decades, there has been a concerted effort to reorganize, consolidate, and merge vocational rehabilitation programs for the blind of Texas with larger agencies which have little or no knowledge about how to provide the quality, specialized services necessary to insure positive employment outcomes for blind consumers; and

WHEREAS, combining agencies which have the focused responsibility of serving blind people with programs that have a less precise mission and a far more diverse clientele defeats the goal of efficiency and results in growing dependency caused by lack of relevant service; and

WHEREAS, both government and university studies have shown that blind people who receive service from specialized agencies for the blind have better employment outcomes: Now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Texas in convention assembled this thirteenth day of November, 2011, in the City of Austin Texas, that this organization stand firm in its conviction that blind Texans are best served by a separate, identifiable agency for the blind; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on the Texas Legislature to establish and support specialized services for the blind, provided by a consumer-responsive agency that is based on the principles of both personal and program accountability.