[nfbmi-talk] why consumer groups are so important

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Fri Apr 30 12:21:05 UTC 2010

April 30, 2010


Another open question…


here consumer groups including the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan, Advocates for the Blind, Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, parents of blind children, Elected Operators Committee, or any other real consumers consulted with in this monitoring? One of the problems with the Michigan Commission for the Blind Board is that all assume they are our representatives. That is precisely why Larry’s and other efforts to expose the lap dogs that constitue this rubber stamp board are so important.


Joe Harcz,





“Monitoring Process and Protocol 

for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Programs


FY 2007-09




While only RSA staff will carry out monitoring activities, the review process will include collaboration with key state agency staff as well as other stakeholders.  Input will be solicited from the state rehabilitation councils, statewide independent living councils, client assistance programs, consumer groups, service providers, and other stakeholders whenever appropriate.  RSA will consult with state stakeholders to solicit input during the review.”


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