[Nfbmo] Contacting the Senate about Rehab

James Moynihan jamesmmoynihan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 18:20:19 UTC 2013


Yesterday I contacted the offices of Senators Blunt and McCaskell


Jim Moynihan

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gary Wunder" <gwunder at earthlink.net>
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Sent: Monday, July 29, 2013 9:51 AM
Subject: [Nfbmo] Contacting the Senate about Rehab

> As you have no doubt read in a message from Anil Lewis generated last
> evening, The Rehabilitation Act is being considered by the Senate this 
> week,
> and the two changes being proposed are detrimental to blind people. In the
> hope that it will help, here is what I have sent to Sen. Blunt and Senator
> McCaskill. Please do what you can.
> Warmly,
> Gary
> This week or next a bill should come before you concerning the
> reauthorization of rehabilitation for people with disabilities. I am 
> blind,
> and I'm very concerned about two provisions in that bill. One would move
> rehabilitation from the Department of Education to the Department of 
> Labor.
> A large component of rehabilitation is, of course, the education of people
> who are blind. We receive everything from vocational technical training to
> college degrees, both undergraduate and graduate. Education is the place 
> we
> belong.
> My second concern is that section 511 is being proposed for addition to 
> the
> act. This would change the work requirement that now exists in the
> rehabilitation act which states that a successful closure must be in a
> competitive and integrated work setting. I think this is appropriate.
> Section 511 would, however, allow credit for placement of blind people in
> sheltered workshops, many of which pay less than the federal minimum wage.
> This is not an appropriate work placement, and the bar should not be 
> lowered
> for rehabilitation agencies in our state federal program to claim success
> for a workshop placement.
> Thank you very much for considering my views. Rehabilitation is one of the
> best programs we have. Let's keep it so!
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