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REPORT OF BVA 60TH NATIONAL CONVENTION BYLAWS AND RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE
Resolutions 1-05 through 3-05
WHEREAS, current voting machines allow most people to cast their votes for their choice of political candidates in a confidential setting, AND
WHEREAS, the same private situation is not offered to most blind voters in the United States, THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the BVA in Convention Assembled in Miami Beach, Florida on this 20th day of August, 2005 urge the U.S. Government to enforce laws mandating the use of accessible voting machines throughout the United States, AND FURTHER BE IT
RESOLVED, all voting places are fully accessible to disabled persons, AND FINALLY BE IT
RESOLVED, that every polling place have at least one voting system that is fully accessible, providing people who are visually impaired or blind the opportunity to cast their vote independently and with full privacy if they so choose.
WHEREAS, most current automatic teller machines (ATM's) are not accessible to blind people and whereas technology is now available to make ATM's completely accessible to blind people, THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in convention assembled in Miami Beach, Florida on this 20th day of August, 2005, legislation be adopted to insure that ATM machines be available at every ATM site for blind and otherwise visually impaired individuals.
WHEREAS, Non Service-Connected (NSC) veterans whose income exceeds the means test threshold are required to pay the Social Security Co-pay for inpatient episodes of care as well as a daily per diem rate during that episode, AND
WHEREAS, the means test assumes veterans have sufficient discretionary income to offset the cost of services in the VA, AND
WHEREAS, catastrophically disabled veterans are not likely to be employed or have the potential for meaningful employment, AND
WHEREAS, the charges assessed for care by the VA may serve as a significant deterrent to receiving essential care, THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in convention assembled in Miami Beach, Florida on this 20th day of August, 2005, seek legislation that would waive the means test requirements for NSC catastrophically disabled veterans assuring they have access to the Special-Disabilities Programs so crucial to their rehabilitation and well being.
WHEREAS, it has become evident that formal education and experience in the field of blind rehabilitation is not being used as a qualifying factor in the selection of the position of Chief at the Blind Rehabilitation Centers, AND
WHEREAS, the position of Manager/Chief of a residential Blind Rehabilitation Center is a critical role in providing services for Blinded Veterans, the individuals selected for these positions must have a solid foundation in the field of blind rehabilitation, THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in convention assembled in Miami Beach, Florida on this 20th day of August, 2005, strongly request that the VA make every effort to recruit qualified individuals with backgrounds in blind rehabilitation for the positions of management in a blind rehabilitation center. The VA is encouraged to give special consideration to qualified blinded veterans for these positions, as they would serve as excellent role models.
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