WHEREAS, for sixty years the National Federation of the Blind of Texas (NFB of Texas) has worked to promote security, equality, and opportunity for the blind of our state; and

WHEREAS, in that role the NFB of Texas has worked with its parent organization to develop programs such as NFB Newsline, a talking newspaper service; a statewide mentoring program for blind youth; and Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL), a program to introduce preschool and elementary school students to Braille; and

WHEREAS, in 2012 the NFB of Texas, developed and received funding for Connections Helping Another Navigate and Gain Employment (CHANGE), an innovative, employment focused, program targeted at blind adolescents and young adults; and

WHEREAS, these initiatives emphasize the Federation’s positive philosophy about blindness, the importance of mentors to one’s success, our belief in the structured discovery learning method, empowerment, and leadership; and

WHEREAS, developing and implementing these important programs has solidified our role as a leader in the fields of education and rehabilitation of blind children and young adults; and

WHEREAS, if the NFB of Texas is to maintain current programming and develop new and innovative initiatives, it is critical that we take all necessary steps to insure that we have adequate funding for current and future programs: Now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, by the National Federation of the Blind of Texas in convention assembled this eleventh day of November, 2012, in the city of Beaumont, Texas, that this organization commit to the development of a sustainability plan designed to insure that we have adequate and ongoing funding for both current and future programs for blind children, youth and adults; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such a plan should be multifaceted and should include outreach to government, foundations, corporations, and the public as well establishing goals for a commitment of funds from our treasury.