Public Policy and Funding Committee

publics policy and funding BANNER WITH CONGRESS BACKGROUND

Co-Chaired by Mark Richert, VSA/AERBVI, and Pris Rogers, AFB/VisionServe Alliance

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One Year Plan

  • Complete an aging and vision loss “message bill” that includes components that provide comprehensive services and supports to promote independence and quality of life for older people with vision loss including determining ask for OIB funding and needed language changes in the Rehabilitation Act and Older Americans Act (and others as identified). Additionally, obtain buy-in from blindness advocacy groups and find sponsor(s)  and/or support for the recommended changes.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholder partners about specific asks, such as connections with organizations like Prevent Blindness (related to the Congressional Vision Caucus), National Council on the Aging, etc.
  • Develop supporting materials and tools for use with the Coalition and related stakeholders, e.g. one-pagers to comprise a take action toolkit; start development of advocacy training program for older people with vision loss.

Committee Resources