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National Council of State Agencies for the Blind

The National Council of State Agencies for the Blind is a sister organization to the CSAVR.

http://www.ncsab.org

NCSAB Mission, Objectives, Position and Services

MISSION:

The mission of the NCSAB is to promote through advocacy, coordination, and education the delivery of specialized services that enable individuals who are blind and visually impaired to achieve personal and vocational independence.

OBJECTIVES:

The objectives through which the NCSAB will accomplish its mission are:

(A)  A FORUM FOR STATE AGENCIES:

To provide a specialized forum for administrators of member agencies to study, deliberate, and act upon matters affecting rehabilitation and other services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

(B)  EXPRESSION OF COLLECTIVE VIEWS

To provide a resource for the formulation and expression of the collective points of view of member agencies on all issues affecting the provision of rehabilitation and other services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

(C)  AN ADVISORY BODY TO FEDERAL AGENCIES:

To serve as an advisory body to and establish and maintain liaison with the U.S. Department of Education/Rehabilitation Services Administration, and all other federal agencies, as they develop policies and administer programs affecting services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

(D)  A FORUM FOR ISSUE DEFINITION AND RESOLUTION:

To work cooperatively with organizations of and for the blind on matters pertaining to rehabilitation and other services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

(E)   COORDINATION AND FACILITATION OF COMMUNICATIONS:

To promote and facilitate communications, joint action, and cooperation between the NCSAB and the U.S. Department of Education/Rehabilitation Services Administration, human service organizations or agencies, as well as other organizations whose responsibilities may impact upon the provision of services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

(F)   RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION TO IMPROVE PROGRAMS:

To encourage, sponsor, or conduct research and/or demonstrations, which can reasonably be expected to lead to improvement in programs and services to individuals who or blind or visually impaired.

(G) DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION:

To inform the public of: 1) the ability and capacity of individuals who are blind or visually impaired, 2) the benefits to society derived through the provision of rehabilitation and other services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and, 3) to otherwise promote the vocational and personal independence of individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

The officers, members of the Executive Committee, and committee chairs may act on behalf of the council to inform the membership of products and/or services of interest to the members but may not endorse any product or service on behalf of NCSAB without the majority vote of the membership at a regular NCSAB business meeting.  In sharing product and/or service information with the membership, the council expects each member state to determine for itself whether or not it wishes to purchase such products or services.

 (H)  ADVOCACY:

To advocate, on a planned basis, for the improvement of programs and services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

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