[Nfbmo] RSB survey request

James Moynihan jamesmmoynihan at gmail.com
Mon Nov 21 21:01:24 UTC 2011

Dear Mark Laird:

This is a brief reply to the questions posed in your email.

1. I value learning cane travel the most.  Unfortunately, I did not receive 
cane travel instruction from RSB until the age of 14.  This is much too late 
to be effective.

Today blind children are starting to learn orientation and mobility at the 
age of four or five.  Blind children should learn routes in their 
neighborhood and in their schools.

Blind children should be taught the skills of daily living at an early age. 
They should learn the household chores expected of their sighted peers. 
They should learn to cook, clean, make beds etc.

2. Barriers include instructing the parents and teachers of blind children 
about the skills of daily living.

3. In the future RSB should require that blind children learn braille, 
orientation and mobility and to be totally conversant in computer 

Your attention to this email is greatly appreciated.

If you have questions please call at (314) 416-1969


James Moynihan

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Laird, Mark" <Mark.Laird at dss.mo.gov>
To: <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 2:12 PM
Subject: [Nfbmo] RSB survey request

> Regardless of the database you review, unemployment among individuals who 
> are blind, ages 16-75, is far greater than unemployment among the 
> nondisabled population.  We need to set our goals higher, we need to free 
> the environment of the barriers to employment for individuals with 
> disabilities in order that they can grow and flourish.   One of the 
> essential  functions of Rehabilitation Services for the Blind's (RSB) 
> vocational rehabilitation program is to assist eligible individuals  in 
> preparing for, securing, retaining, or regaining an employment outcome 
> that is consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, 
> abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.
> In my efforts to review the effectiveness of and consumer satisfaction 
> with the services provided, functions performed, and employment outcomes 
> achieved I would appreciate a few minutes of your time to respond to three 
> survey questions.
> 1). What RSB services and outcomes do you value most?
> 2). What are the barriers to access those RSB services?
> 3). What direction would you like to see RSB take in the future?
> Mark Laird
> Deputy Director
> Family Support Division
> Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB)
> 615 Howerton Court
> Jefferson City, Mo. 65102
> (573) 751-4249 business
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