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State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2006

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council

Following the Commission for the Blind meeting, Chairman Winton opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting at 11 a.m.  The following members were present: 

Tom Winton, Debbie Jackson, Anita Cunningham, Sandy Foster, Graham Watt, and Russ Stinehour. 

Not Present:  Cheryl Whitley, Stacey Milbern, Kellie Hightower-Spruill, Angela McCants, Kathy Brack, and John Miller.

Others Present:  Carla Parker, Mary Flanagan, Dave Arthur, and Jan Fesperman.

Approval of Minutes

Since a quorum was not present, a vote on approving the minutes could not be obtained.  An e-mail will be sent to all members asking for approval of minutes or any changes that may need to be made to the minutes. 

Committee Reports:

Policy and Procedures—Tom Winton

No official policy and procedures committee meeting was held this quarter.  

Jan Fesperman did report on a new vendor, The Raleigh Lions Clinic, who is developing a new customer service training program.  It is designed for all disabilities not just the visually impaired. 

State Plan—Mary Flanagan and Dave Arthur

Mary Flanagan distributed copies of the suggested changes/revisions for the State Plan.  Since RSA’s staff has changed, some of their expectations have also changed.  A few weeks ago, DSB was contacted by telephone to discuss  the State Plan that was submitted utilizing RSA’s new review instrument.  After a 3-hour conference call with RSA, issues were addressed and minor changes have been made.  No substantive changes are required. RSA is very focused on Supported Employment and requested that Supported Employment be separate with its own goals and strategies.  Also, Assistive Technology needs to be separated with its own goals and strategies. DSB’s State Plan is in category one which means once changes are made, the Plan should be approved.

Since there were no substantive changes made to the Plan, a vote by the Council is not required.  The Council members are aware of the changes and understand it did not change the substance of the Plan. 

Consumer Information Committee—No Report

Old Business


New Business

Tom Winton, Angela McCants, and Dave Arthur will be attending the SRC Region IV Meeting in Orlando, FL, September 13-15, 2006. 

Annual Report—Dave Arthur reported that the Lions Foundation has previously funded the printing of the annual report.  This year our request was denied so DSB will need to find another way to pay for the printing of the report.  Also, in the past, DSB’s annual report has been in calendar format.  We are open to other suggestions for the annual report, but the calendar format seems to very popular and shared with many agencies, States, etc.  The Council members agreed to continue producing the annual report in calendar format.   DSB will look into finding another source for the printing cost. 

Adjournment of Meeting

The State Rehabilitation Council meeting adjourned at 11:40.  The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2006.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Winton, Chairman, State Rehabilitation Council DHHS        
Debbie Jackson, Director, Division of Services for the Blind DHHS/DSB       


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