Resolutions Adopted at the 2020 Convention
At the 2020 convention of the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico, held on August 28-29, four resolutions were considered and adopted by the members present and voting.
Resolution 2020-01 (MS/Word format)
This resolution calls upon the Governor, the New Mexico State Legislature, the Secretary of State, and the New Mexico Commission for the Blind to work with the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico and other interested parties to do the following:
- Design or procure a system whereby voters who are blind or visually impaired can request an accessible ballot to be made available to them electronically as soon as early voting starts, and have that ballot displayed on their screens immediately after they are verified;
- and design or procure a secure system through which voted ballots can be submitted electronically, thus eliminating the need for voters who are blind or visually impaired to own or find a printer before they can independently and privately mark their printed absentee ballots.
Resolution 2020-02 (MS/Word format)
This resolution calls upon the New Mexico Public Education Department and all New Mexico school districts to do the following:
- Ensure the accessibility of software and online applications for children, parents, and teachers who are blind or visually impaired;
- Immediately evaluate the accessibility of existing software and online applications;
- Immediately discontinue the use of software and online applications that are found to not be accessible;
- And put in place procurement procedures that ensure the acquisition of accessible software and online applications.
Resolution 2020-03 (MS/Word format)
- Commends those teaching professionals working for Albuquerque Public Schools who are providing appropriate Braille instruction;
- Calls upon Albuquerque Public Schools to immediately affirm the vital importance of Braille in the instruction of children who are blind or visually impaired;
- And calls upon Albuquerque Public Schools to immediately begin to invest adequate financial and personnel resources to ensure that appropriate Braille instruction is available to all blind and visually impaired children.
Resolution 2020-04 (MS/Word format)
- Calls upon Doxy.me and other manufacturers of telemedicine platforms to immediately make their video platforms fully accessible to persons who are blind;
- Calls upon all healthcare providers operating in New Mexico to ensure the accessibility of their telemedicine platforms to persons who are blind;
- And calls upon the New Mexico Attorney General to take whatever action may be in its authority to address and rectify the situation of inaccessible telemedicine platforms.
Resolutions Adopted at the 2019 Convention
At the 2019 convention of the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico, held from April 4 through April 7, two resolutions were considered and adopted by the members present and voting.
Resolution 2019-01 (MS/Word format)
- Reaffirms its long-standing and unwavering support of the Commission for the Blind as a separate state agency;
- Expresses its adamant opposition to any effort to consolidate the Commission for the Blind with any other state agency;
- and calls upon the Legislature and Governor to support effective and efficient services for persons who are blind by maintaining the Commission for the Blind as a separate state agency.
Resolution 2019-02 (MS/Word format)
- Calls upon the Public Education Department to authorize school districts and Local Educational Agencies to employ and contract with individuals who possess the National Orientation and Mobility Certification;
- And otherwise calls upon the Public Education Department to support effective and efficient services for students who are blind.
Resolutions Adopted at the 2018 Convention
At the 2018 convention of the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico, held from April 19 through April 22, three resolutions were considered and adopted by the members present and voting.
Resolution 2018-01 (MS/Word format)
- expresses deep appreciation and gratitude to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver for helping blind New Mexicans to have in New Mexico, for the very first time in history, the ability for blind people to independently mark the printed absentee ballot using the nonvisual or low-vision access technology of their choice and
- commends Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver and her office for establishing and maintaining a close working relationship with the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico and recognizes Maggie Toulouse Oliver as a true friend of the blind.
Resolution 2018-02 (MS/Word document) calls upon all governmental jurisdictions in the State of New Mexico, when considering the installation of accessible pedestrian signals, to work actively with representatives of the organized blind community, including the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico and its local chapters, to develop a rational decision-making process for the deployment of accessible pedestrian signals.
Resolution 2018-03 (MS/Word document)
- Declares that the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) is an organization which has failed the blind by misusing the concept of accreditation to protect the worst agencies for the blind and fostering outmoded notions which categorize people who are blind as individuals requiring care who are unable to work with service providers as true partners and
- calls upon New Mexico AER, the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to demand that the national AER leadership cease its efforts to reawaken NAC and, instead, work cooperatively with the organized blind, including the National Federation of the Blind, to support an effective accreditation system which involves consumers in a meaningful way and injects a positive philosophy of blindness into programs serving the blind.