[nfbmi-talk] Fw: Resolution concerning employment of blindpeople
joe harcz Comcast
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Tue Jan 25 12:12:49 CST 2011
I agree with both you and Fred. This is very encouraging over all and a
thank you note from NFB MI would be in order along with a meeting in my
Anyway just another opinion, but again it is encoraging in its outreach.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christine Boone" <christine_boone at comcast.net>
To: "NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:03 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Fw: Resolution concerning employment of
> This is a really positive and hopeful letter. I suggest that we keep
> communications open with Gregory Grabowski, beginning with a thank you to
> him for such a candid response. It appears, from his carefully worded
> letter, that Leader Dog may share some of our concerns about the Michigan
> Commission for the Blind. He also raises an excellent point about the
> lack of mass transit in the city of Rochester. Honestly, it seems to me
> that it would make many things easier for the folks at Leader Dog if there
> was bus service in that community. They always instruct dog users on bus
> travel, and now need to travel to another city by car for that purpose.
> Rochester seems like it would be a decent place to live. Perhaps they
> have para-transit that could at least be a start for someone who wanted to
> take a chance on living and working in Rochester?
> Anyway, I just wanted to weigh in, and to offer my encouragement to
> further pursue a positive working relationship here.
> On Jan 24, 2011, at 10:03 AM, Larry Posont wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Gregory Grabowski
>> To: president.nfb.mi at gmail.com
>> Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 9:57 AM
>> Subject: Resolution concerning employment of blind people
>> Dear Mr. Posont:
>> Leader Dogs for the Blind strongly agrees with you and the National
>> Federation of the Blind of Michigan that qualified blind persons can
>> serve in many positions within our organization. When we have positions
>> open in our organization, we do seek qualified candidates that are
>> visually impaired and blind. We are currently posting all of our
>> positions and working with the following organizations, so as to search
>> for as many visually impaired and blind candidates. The organizations we
>> are working with are as follows: BLIND, Inc. was referred to us by The
>> National Federation of the Blind, and we have spoken with Dick Davis, the
>> Assistant Director for Employment Programs at BLIND, Inc. We are posting
>> on the American Council of the Blind web site (we have spoken with them),
>> American Foundation for the Blind and Disability Work.com. We have
>> reached out to NFB regarding their job listings through NFB Newsline.
>> Additionally, our Human Resources Department has been working closely
>> with the Michigan Commission for the Blind and we are currently sending
>> our position openings to them. We have been working with counselors who
>> work with blind persons looking for employment opportunities. We recently
>> interviewed a candidate last week identified by one of their counselors.
>> Further, we have suggested several ways in which Leader Dogs for the
>> Blind and the Michigan Commission for the Blind could more strategically
>> partner in delivering services and thus far the commission has declined
>> our offers.
>> On the board level this concern is shared and monitored by our Program
>> and Services Committee of the Leader Dogs for the Blind Board of Trustees
>> whose chair as well as our current Board Chair are blind persons. We
>> currently contract with five blind individuals on a regular per diem
>> basis with an additional four on a more part time basis, who live in
>> various parts of the country, who represent Leader Dogs for the Blind,
>> and who travel independently, speaking, raising money and recruiting
>> clients for our organization. We have two blind teenagers in the
>> position of camp counselors for our summer leadership camp for blind
>> teens and have one employee who is visually impaired on campus.
>> We will continue to recruit visually impaired and blind candidates for
>> position openings and do very much want to have our work force be more
>> representative of those we serve. We currently have positions open in
>> our apprentice training program and we aspire to be the first dog guide
>> organization with a blind and/or visually impaired instructor.
>> We have offered employment to visually impaired and blind individuals in
>> the past, who have declined our offer because we have no form of mass
>> transportation in our area. We have met with the appropriate local,
>> state and federal government agencies responsible for mass transit and
>> have gotten no where. In fact our former blind employee, whom we lost to
>> cancer, spent time lobbying our local government and agencies with no
>> success. We do continue to seek solutions to this challenge.
>> We are most open to any assistance the National Federation of the Blind
>> Michigan can provide as we seek to employ more visually impaired and
>> blind individuals.
>> Mr. Posont, my apologies as a new President and CEO of Leader Dogs for
>> the Blind, (that is not so new anymore) it is overdue for us to meet. So
>> I will reach out in the near future for us to speak and/or perhaps meet
>> so that I can introduce myself.
>> Gregory Grabowski
>> President & CEO
>> Leader Dogs for the Blind
>> Executive Assistant: Leigh Gladding
>> 1039 S. Rochester Road
>> Rochester, MI 48307
>> Toll Free 888.861.1460
>> Our Mission: To enhance the lives of people who are blind and visually
>> Please contact us at: www.Leaderdog.org
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