[nfbmi-talk] right to our own records in accessableform, timely
joe harcz Comcast
joeharcz at comcast.net
Thu Sep 11 14:20:35 UTC 2014
Right to Our Own Records, Timely
Colleagues another Section of the Rehabilitation Act, Title I here:
“ (c) Release to applicants and eligible individuals.
(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (c)(2) and (c)(3) of this
section, if requested in writing by an applicant or eligible
individual, the State unit must make all requested information in that
individual's record of services accessible to and must release the
information to the individual or the individual's representative in a
(2) Medical, psychological, or other information that the State
unit determines may be harmful to the individual may not be released
directly to the individual, but must be provided to the individual
through a third party chosen by the individual, which may include,
among others, an advocate, a family member, or a qualified medical or
mental health professional, unless a representative has been appointed
by a court to represent the individual, in which case the information
must be released to the court-appointed representative.
(3) If personal information has been obtained from another agency
or organization, it may be released only by, or under the conditions
established by, the other agency or organization.
(4) An applicant or eligible individual who believes that
information in the individual's record of services is inaccurate or
misleading may request that the designated State unit amend the
information. If the information is not amended, the request for an
amendment must be documented in the record of services, consistent with
This goes to the right of blind people to access, in a timely manner their own records so that we might have informed choice, and that we like other VR customers have the ability to hold agency’s accountable to following elagability and IPE requirements for example. It is only common sense. Moreover, to make this provision meaningful to blind people who cannot by nature read print then the agency must affirmatively and in a timely manner remit that information in what Title I calls “appropriate mode of communication” and in what the ADA calls “most effective alternate format for the individual”.
We have seen and it is documented in it’s own so-called consumer satisfaction surveys over years and even recently where BSBP violates these requirements for the vast majority of applicants and customers.
Those are facts, documented facts and thus document a pattern and practice of unlawful discrimination against the very people this agency is funded and created to serve.
It is not “negative”, or wrong to point out documented facts of abuse, and mass discrimination against people who are blind in Michigan.
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