Skip Navigation
Office of the Governor of Michigan, Rick SnyderMichigan.gov, Official Web Site for the State of Michigan
Michigan.gov Home
close print view

Snyder issues executive order to enhance services for blind

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today issued an executive order that enhances services for blind and visually impaired residents across the state.

Executive Order 2012-2 transfers the duties of the Michigan Commission for the Blind and Michigan Rehabilitation Services to other state departments, which better leverages the expertise and resources of these departments. 

"We're reshaping state government so it offers a more intuitive, effective and efficient system of services," Snyder said. "This executive order is an important step in that ongoing process. As a result, our blind and visually impaired residents will have better access to comprehensive information and resources."

The Commission for the Blind and Michigan Rehabilitation Services currently are under the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Under the executive order, the Business Enterprise Program is transferred from the Commission for the Blind to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The program oversees statutes that give the blind preference in state vending and food operations, a responsibility that is more in line with the facility management expertise of DTMB.

The remainder of the commission's duties will move to the Department of Human Services.            A new panel, the Blind and Visually Impaired Services Advisory Board, will replace the Michigan Commission for the Blind and advise DHS on the administration of state programs for the blind and recommend policy changes. The board will be comprised of five people with interest and expertise in the needs of the blind.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services also moves to DHS. In addition, the executive order creates the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services within DHS. The council will advise on state functions that affect the ability of people with disabilities to gain employment.

Duties of the Disability Concerns Commission, which now is a separate entity within the Department of Civil Rights, will be merged into the department for greater effectiveness.  

The full text of E.O. 2012-2 is available online at www.michigan.gov/snyder.

###

Related Content
 •  Snyder: International companies choosing to invest, create jobs in Michigan
 •  Northern Michigan communities receiving $6 million to repair infrastructure damaged by deep freeze
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Pension vote shows Detroit continues to move toward brighter future
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder says Healthy Michigan Plan surpasses first-year enrollment goal of 322,000
 •  Key progress being made with increased commitment to mental health issues in Michigan
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder commemorates Civil Rights Act
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs pharmacy, consumer protection, local government bills
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation increasing access to physical therapy services
 •  Governor Snyder Honors Michigan Volunteers at 2014 Governor's Service Awards
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill connecting National Guard members to education, job opportunities
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Budget reflects focus on making Michigan better, safer, stronger
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill enhancing stream, lake management
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation protecting workers' compensation benefits
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Law requires sexual assault evidence kits be analyzed quickly to bring justice, peace of mind
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bills to prevent methamphetamine production
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bills designating Pure Michigan Trail Network
 •  Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Board of Plumbing
 •  Snyder makes appointment to Electronic Recording Commission
 •  Snyder makes reappointments to Farm Produce Insurance Authority
 •  Norlander named to 10th District Court bench in Calhoun County
QR code

Michigan.gov Home
PoliciesMichigan NewsMichigan.gov Survey


Copyright © 2014 State of Michigan