RESOLUTION 14-05

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.

RESOLUTION 15-05

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.

RESOLUTION 16-05

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.

RESOLUTION 17-05

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.


RESOLUTION 18-05

WHEREAS, there is an increasing number of veterans with low vision, AND

WHEREAS, the VA currently has only 3 VICTORS Programs nationwide, THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in convention assembled in Miami Beach, Florida on this 20th day of August, 2005, support the creation of additional VICTORS Programs and present this support in the testimony to Congress.

RESOLUTION 19-05

Rationale for Hearing Aid Resolution:

Presently veterans are waiting an excessive amount of time to get hearing tests and receive hearing aids.  Blind and visually impaired veterans rely heavily on hearing to function safely in today's environment. Whether traveling or just avoiding the many dangers involved with the environment these days, the loss of both vision and hearing makes it difficult and, in many instances, extremely dangerous. If blind and visually impaired veterans were given priority when receiving hearing aids, it would tremendously decrease the dangers involved with the loss of both these senses.

 

WHEREAS, Veterans are waiting an excessive length of time to receive hearing aids, AND

WHEREAS, the loss of both hearing and vision creates a hazardous situation for some veterans, AND

WHEREAS, giving priority to blind and visually impaired Veterans to receive hearing aids would lessen this hazardous situation, THEREFORE BE IT 

RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in Convention Assembled, in Miami Beach, Florida this 20th day of August, 2005 urge the Veterans Health Administration Audiology & Speech Pathology Service direct Audiology Services throughout the VHA system to provide priority for visually impaired or blind veterans who are in need of evaluation for hearing aids.  

 

 

RESOLUTION 20-05

WHEREAS, veterans health care is funded annually by discretionary appropriations decided by the House and Senate Appropriations Committee, AND

WHEREAS, each year the Department of Veterans Affairs fails to receive adequate funding for Veterans Medical Care from Congressional appropriations, AND

WHEREAS, this lack of adequate funding causes veterans of all categories, delays and denials of critical medical care services, THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in convention assembled in Miami Beach, Florida on this 20th day of August, 2005, hereby supports HR 515, the Assured Funding for Veterans Health Care Act of 2005.

RESOLUTION 21-05

WHEREAS, the VA has agreed to provide access to VA electronic medical records at VA medical centers to BVA Field Service Representatives, AND 

WHEREAS, currently this access is only available if the field service representative goes to the medical center, AND

WHEREAS, this is an inefficient system wasting the time of the field service representative by requiring unnecessary trips to the medical center, AND

WHEREAS, this is especially difficult since the field service representatives are not always located close to a medical center, NOW THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in convention assembled in Miami Beach, Florida on this 20th day of August, 2005 work with the VA to allow BVA Field Service Representatives to be able to access needed medical information via remote access technology


RESOLUTIONS 22-27