WSR 05-04-021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

DEPARTMENT OF

SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

[ Memorandum -- January 25, 2005 ]


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS


Community Meeting/Public Hearing

Friday, March 4, 2005

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Location:

Department of Services for the Blind

3411 South Alaska Street

Seattle, WA 98118

1-800-552-7103


We Want to Hear From You!



The upcoming community meeting will be combined with a public hearing to discuss proposed changes to the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB), chapter 67-25 WAC, Vocational rehabilitation services for blind persons. The proposed changes are necessary to comply with changes in federal law describing the scope and manner of vocational rehabilitation service delivery. You may read the draft rule, beginning February 2, on the Office of the Code Reviser's website at http://www.leg.wa.gov/CodeReviser. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy of the draft rule, please e-mail your request to maroughton@dsb.wa.gov. Copies are provided in alternative format upon request.

This combined meeting will also give DSB a chance to inform you about the latest changes at the DSB and to discuss issues and challenges. We want to know about your experience with our services. What is working well in your community? What could we do better? What needs are not being met? We will use your comments to develop our state and strategic plans for the coming year.

Whether you are a past, present, or potential consumer of the Department of Services for the Blind, a family member, a community service provider, a friend to someone who is blind, a member of a blind consumer organization, or an interested citizen we want to hear from you. Please join us to talk to us in person at our upcoming Seattle community meeting/public hearing.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR THOSE LIVING IN KING, PIERCE AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES:

Sound Transit is interested in how some of Sound Transit accommodation enhancements would serve the blind and low vision communities and is requesting that residents of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties complete a survey to assist Sound Transit in determining the usability of these proposed additions to the system. To complete the survey online go to http://www.soundtransit.org/working/cc/caac/form.asp. Or, you can call the following numbers to complete the survey over the phone: SOUND TRANSIT, 1-800-201-4900 OR TTY 1-888-713-6030. King County residents may call directly Ella Camel - (206) 398-5039 or Phil Sutrea - (206) 398-5254.

Be sure to let them know you want to complete the survey designed for access issues for blind or low vision users/potential users of Sound Transit. Your participation in this survey will assist in making sure the Sound Transit system is accessible for all. Any access concerns with the online survey, please contact Sound Transit at the numbers listed above.


Washington State Department of Services for the Blind

Rehabilitation Council Meeting

Saturday, March 5, 2005

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Location:

Department of Services for the Blind

3411 South Alaska Street

Seattle, WA 98118

1-800-552-7103



Agendas and information relating to specific agenda items, taped agendas, agendas in Braille, or interpreters are provided upon request. Requests for information must be made no later than February 21, 2005.

PLEASE NOTE: Public comments are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

The meeting site is barrier free, including the restrooms.

To request materials or for more information regarding the aforementioned meetings, please contact Marla Oughton at (206) 721-6430 or toll-free 1-800-552-7103 or by e-mail maroughton@dsb.wa.gov.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office