[nabs-l] Exclusion of blind persons with secondary disabilities

David Bouchard davidb521 at gmail.com
Mon May 25 13:47:56 UTC 2009


Hello, 
This does not sit well with me right off. I am a resident of Starkville, Mississippi, and I am slightly familiar with the ROTC program at MSU, although I have never worked with it before. I would have to know more about the program, and this policy they have toward blind applicants with other disabilities before I can form a solid opinion about it. 
David

-----Original Message-----
From: Rania <raniaismail04 at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 6:47 AM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Exclusion of blind persons with secondary disabilities

I agree with you. That just doesn't make sense. If some of us have other 
disabilities such as a learning disability asI do we should still be able to 
take part.
Rania,
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Reed" <jim275_2 at yahoo.com>
To: "NABS mail list" <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 12:11 AM
Subject: [nabs-l] Exclusion of blind persons with secondary disabilities


Hello all,

I have mixed feeling about bringing this to your attention, but after some 
consideration I desided to do so. This post is in reference to the post I 
sent earlier titled "New Opportunity for Youth who are Blind or Visually 
Impaired: An Online Employment Preperation Program." In that post, I 
forwarded a program description for a an Online
Employment Preparation Program specificly for blind people that is offered 
by The Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi 
State
University. Unfoutunatly, this program excludeds blind persons with 
signifigant secondary disabilities. For your convenience, I have copied and 
pasted the relivant section from the program description:

"Specific requirements for participation include:

* Legal blindness or more severe visual impairment
* Blindness as the primary disability, without additional significant
disabilities ..."

I had mixed feelings about bringing this to your attention because this 
program is clearly trying to do good for the blind community; yet at the 
same time they are discriminating against blind persons with secondary 
disabilities. I'm sure the program's director has perfectly rational, valid, 
and legitimate reasons for excluding these individuals, but I think he/she 
is wrong, regardless of the rational.

I think a friendly letter from NABS may be justified.

Thoughts?
Jim

Homer Simpson's brain: "Use reverse psychology."
 Homer: "Oh, that sounds too complicated."
 Homer's brain: "Okay, don't use reverse psychology."
 Homer: "Okay, I will!"



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