[Ct-nfb] FW: May 10th National Town Hall: Hot Topics in VR plus Aging and Vision Loss, Janet LaBreck and Special Guests

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Subject: FW: May 10th National Town Hall: Hot Topics in VR plus Aging and
Vision Loss, Janet LaBreck and Special Guests




From: Eukers, Jenifer 
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2017 7:44 AM
To: DORS-DL BESB Voc Rehab
Subject: FW: May 10th National Town Hall: Hot Topics in VR plus Aging and
Vision Loss, Janet LaBreck and Special Guests


sounds interesting


Jenifer Eukers

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


184 Windsor Avenue

Windsor, CT  06095

Office: 860-602-4004

Fax: 860-602-4030

Email: jenifer.eukers at ct.gov <mailto:jenifer.eukers at ct.gov> 


From: Andrea Giudice [mailto:dawgmawm at gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:46 AM
To: Andrea Giudice
Subject: May 10th National Town Hall: Hot Topics in VR plus Aging and Vision
Loss, Janet LaBreck and Special Guests


Good morning,


This seems like a good meeting to know about and or share.




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Reminder: You're invited!

former RSA Commissioner, Janet LaBreck, & Special Guests

A National Town Hall: Hot Topics in Voc Rehab and Aging Policy and Practice

Hosted by the
American Foundation for the Blind
and the
21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 3pm Eastern

To join the call:
Dial: 1-866-939-3921
Enter code: 44731081#

Advocates for quality vocational rehabilitation (VR) and independent living
services for people who are blind or visually impaired continue to be
concerned about the future of blindness-related VR service delivery and the
funding and direction of the Independent Living Services for Older
Individuals who are Blind (OIB) program. In addition to a growing population
of potential OIB program clients and federal spending that currently only
allows less than 2% of clients who could benefit from the OIB program to
actually receive services, recent developments in VR policy and practice are
raising troubling questions for many advocates. How will the U.S. Education
Department's new VR regulations closing the door to so-called homemaker
closures potentially hurt clients and further burden the OIB program? What
intended and unintended consequences may be expected from Congress's
requirement that 15% of VR agencies' federal resources be devoted to
transition-related services? And how are these and other developments, such
as the renewed rhetoric of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
against so-called non-integrated employment settings, particularly
AbilityOne programs, likely to play out over time?

On Wednesday afternoon, May 10, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm Eastern, you are
invited to engage with expert program administrators and professional
Washington advocates with first-hand expertise in these critical questions.
AFB and the 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss are hosting a free
teleseminar town hall for any and all who may be interested in the future of
the VR and OIB programs, the scope and quality of services provided, and
federal funding for their future success.

Join a lively and interactive discussion with former RSA Commissioner Janet
LaBreck, under whose leadership the most recent VR regulations were
developed. Ask your questions, raise your concerns, and learn from a
national expert in VR service delivery about how to better distinguish fact
from myth about the Education Department's stance on this array of critical
issues. Then, we will turn with Ms. LaBreck to an extended conversation
about the future of the OIB program and how advocates can work most
effectively with policymakers to protect and enhance the program during
these unpredictable times.

We will also be joined by Mike Hall and Alyson Lewis from Madison
Associates, LLC, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C. that
specializes in appropriations and budget issues. Mike and Alyson were
retained by AFB more than fifteen years ago to assist us and our field with
the successful national campaign to increase funding for the OIB program and
to put it on the path that has led to the program's current funding level of
more than $33 million. Mike and Alyson will provide all of us with an expert
read on the appropriations process and how best to maneuver through the
uncertain course ahead of us.

To join the call, no RSVP is required. Simply dial the teleconference number
and participant code a few minutes prior to the 3pm Eastern start time. Our
special guests will share their perspectives and take questions, including
your questions and comments, and then we will be inviting brief update
presentations summarizing work to date in each of the four goal areas of the
21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss: funding for services, quantity
and quality of personnel, collaboration to maximize resources, and Medicare
coverage of low vision devices. Read more about the Agenda on Aging and
Vision Loss at the following link: www.afb.org/aging

Again, a few minutes prior to 3pm Eastern on Wednesday afternoon, May 10:

Dial: 1-866-939-3921
Enter code 44731081#

We look forward to your participation, and please share this announcement
far and wide via your own networks. Thank you.

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