[oregon-l] Action Needed: OCB Proposed Plan
T. Joseph Carter
carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Fri Apr 2 06:37:30 GMT 2010
Art Stevenson asked me to post this:
Tomorrow (Friday, April 2nd), Oregon Commission for the Blind
director Linda Mock intends to present her plan to remove
state-operated facilities from its Randolph-Shepperd vending program
in this state. This would reduce the program from its current size
to just four people.
Any program Ms. Mock might propose in its place would operate without
the legal protections afforded by the Randolph-Shepperd Act and its
companion state legislation. These protections include the loss of
priority access to vending sites, the requirement that the blind
themselves are given full participation in the administration of the
program, and a prescribed remedy for redress of grievances.
As such, it seems this plan directly contradicts the stated mission
of the Oregon Commission for the Blind, and Ms. Mock's mission as its
director. Moreover, Ms. Mock appears to be working to fast-track the
approval of this plan before its impact is realized. It affects not
only those in the program today, but also the blind youth still
reeling from the loss of our School for the Blind.
Only we can prevent this detrimental plan from moving forward now.
If you can be in the Portland area at the Commission for the Blind
for the 4pm meeting at which Ms. Mock will present this plan, please
attend. If you cannot attend, please call the Commission's Portland
office at 971-673-1588 or toll free (within Oregon) 888-202-5463.
Tell them what you think of this plan, and ask them to pass the
message on to Ms. Mock and to the Commissioners.
If you call, PLEASE DO BE POLITE! The people who answer the phones
are not responsible for this plan, and they do not deserve the brunt
of anyone's anger.
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