ERIC Number: ED101503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Charges Made by the National Federation of the Blind Against the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Presented is a report submitted by the General Accounting Office (GAO) concerning its investigation of charges made by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) against the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC). It is explained that the GAO reviewed NFB allegations that the NAC does not act in the best interests of the blind, holds closed board meetings, and does not adequately represent users of services for the blind and visually handicapped. The organization and functions of the NAC, the NFB, the American Council of the Blind, and the Blinded Veterans Association are described. Discussed are the following aspects of NAC: its financial activities and recognition as an accrediting body; its accreditation standards; and the accreditation process and consumer representation in NAC affairs. Attention is given to evaluations of NAC performance by the Brookings Institution and the Social and Rehabilitation Service. Also considered are such issues as the benefits of accreditation, whether accreditation is required to receive federal funding, and the extent of organizational support for NAC. The report points out that the Commissioner of Education's Advisory Committee on Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility decided it had not found cause for revoking NAC's recognized status. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.