Commission Newsletter

Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

January 2000

CONSUMER INVOLVEMENT COUNCIL PREPARES REPORT CARD GRADES

The Michigan Commission for the Blind’s Consumer Involvement Council (CIC) met November 29 to finish its work on the first “consumer report card,” which will give a consumer perspective on how the Commission is serving clients and on several other performance factors important to agency clients. The group is also offering its recommendations on the contents of information packets for MCB clients.

ACCESS BOARD ESTABLISHES COMMITTEE ON PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ISSUES

The U. S. Access Board established a special advisory committee to help draft proposed rules that would govern pedestrian crossings and other public rights of way issues. The Access Board’s Public Rights of Way Access Advisory Committee (PROWAAC) held its first meeting December 2-3 in Washington, D. C. to begin its work. Mr. Cannon, who was recently appointed by President Clinton to a second, four-year term on the Access Board, is the Board’s designated liaison to the advisory committee.

DIRECTOR CANNON GOES TO LAW SCHOOL

Mr. Cannon attended Cooley Law School in Lansing--for one day. He addressed a class of law students, actually speaking for eight-tenths of an hour, December 8 on issues of blindness, civil rights and technology for the blind.

IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR MCB COUNSELORS AND TEACHERS

MCB counselors and teachers convened at the Training Center in Kalamazoo, December 14-16, for an in-service training which covered a variety of issues, topics and techniques. Ms. Kay Penner, Executive Director of the Michigan Works Association, made a presentation on the Workforce Investment Act and its relationship to rehabilitation agencies and their clients. Other training topics included entrepreneurship, pharmacology, the skills of blindness, crafts, adaptive kitchen skills, industrial arts, diseases of the eye and many more.

THE FIRST OF SIX MINI-ADJUSTMENT WORKSHOPS FOR NEW YEAR A SUCCESS

Nearly 50 MCB clients participated in a weeklong Mini-Adjustment Workshop in Lansing, January 3-7, the first of six such programs planned for the year 2000. Participants will be introduced to a variety of skills of blindness, such as cane travel, Braille, managing time and money, adaptive kitchen skills and other skills to enhance independence. Additional Mini-Adjustment Workshops are scheduled for the New Year in Battle Creek, Pontiac, Saulte Ste. Marie, Mount Pleasant and Wood Haven.

MCBVI HOLDS STATE BOARD MEETING IN LANSING

The Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MCBVI), the state’s affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), will hold a meeting of its State Board in Lansing, January 15. The quarterly meeting, which will be attended by Mr. Cannon and Mr. Utrup, will address a variety of blindness topics and organizational issues.

SKILLS OF BLINDNESS COMMITTEE REVIEWS CLIENT SURVEYS

MCB's Skills of Blindness Committee will meet January 19 to review the evaluation mechanism it designed to measure the extent to which clients attending the MCB Training Center are acquiring the necessary skills of blindness. The skills survey was implemented earlier this year, with results being compiled for committee review and possible revision or fine-tuning. The other strategic planning committees continue to meet and address their respective goals of transportation, minority outreach and technology.