ERIC Number: ED457627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Civil Rights Issues Facing the Blind and Visually Impaired in Illinois.
Illinois State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Springfield.
This report is the result of a conference that examined major civil rights issues facing people who are blind and visually impaired in Illinois and is intended to inform the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concerning issues of equal protection. The introductory chapter reviews leading types and causes of blindness and visual impairment, incidence and social characteristics of this disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Chapter 2 describes several advocacy groups of the blind and visually impaired such as the American Foundation for the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, and the Committee for Justice for the Visually Impaired. Chapter 3 considers service providers for this population including the Illinois Bureau of Blind Services, the Chicago Lighthouse, and the Illinois Blind Services Planning Council. Chapter 4 considers advocacy groups for the blind and visually impaired such as Illinois Parents of the Visually Impaired and Parents of Blind Children. Five federal enforcement agencies are discussed in the fifth chapter. The final chapter presents the advisory committee observations and recommendations in four areas: (1) incidence rates and public perceptions; (2) employment; (3) transportation and independent living; and (4) education. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Advocacy, Blindness, Children, Civil Rights, Etiology, Federal Legislation, Incidence, National Organizations, Needs Assessment, State Agencies, State Programs, Visual Impairments
Commission on Civil Rights, 624 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20425. Tel: 202-376-8128; Tel: 202-376-8116 (TTY); Web site: http://www.usccr.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois