State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

The State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind (SRC-B) gives advice and recommendations to the State Services for the Blind (SSB) program about the services we offer, our priorities and the products we make available through our Communication Center.

Mandated by both state and federal law, the council meets at least six times a year in St. Paul. Its members are appointed by the governor to a three-year term.

Meeting Schedule

2014 Meetings

  • Thursday, October 2
  • Thursday, December 4

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at State Services for the Blind, 2200 University Avenue West #240, St. Paul, MN.

Openings on State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

Are you interested in helping State Services for the Blind shape its work and goals? Consider applying for a position on the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind. Council members are appointed by the governor, and represent various constituencies. Current vacancies include:

  • Two Business, Industry or Labor Representatives 
  • One Parent Representative 
  • One Governor’s Workforce Development Council Representative 
  • One Deaf‐Blind Community Representative 
  • One Vocational Rehabilitation Services Recipient Representative
  • One United Blind of Minnesota Representative
  • One American Council for The Blind Representative

For more information or to apply visit the Secretary of State's webpage.

Documents

October 2, 2014 Meeting Documents

October 2 Agenda
August 7 Draft Minutes
June 5 Final Minutes
Employment Subcommittee July 7 Minutes
CC Advisory Committee May 15 Notes
Report to Council for Results Jan.-Mar. 2014

August 7, 2014 Meeting Documents

August 2014_Final Agenda
CC_Advisory_Committee_15 May 2014
SS_5 June 14 Minutes
SRC-B_Minutes 5 June 2014
DB_Committee_12 May 2014 Minutes
SRCB_2015 Proposed Budget
Minority Outreach Committee March 2014 Minutes
Sustaining Services for the Silver Tsunami
SRC-B Committee List

June 5, 2014 Meeting Documents

June 5 - Final Meeting Minutes
June 5, 2014 SRC-B Agenda
SRC-B Final Meeting Minutes - April 2014
April 3, 2014 SRC-B Draft Minutes
Attachment 4.2(c): Input of State Rehabilitation Council
CC Advisory Committee Meeting Preview Notes
SSB Proposed Workgroups
March 13, 2014 Goals and Priorities Meeting Minutes
March 2014 DeafBlind Committee Meeting Minutes
January 2014 Minority Outreach Committee Meeting Minutes

April 3, 2014 Meeting Documents

April 3, 2014 Agenda - Draft
Attachment 4.8(b)(2) Coordination with Education
Attachment 4.8(b)(3) Coordination with Non-profit VR providers
Attachment 4.11(a) Comprehensive Statewide Assessment of VR Needs
Attachment 4.11(d) Strategies to Achieve the SRC-B and SSB Joint Goals and Priorities FFY2015
Goals and Priorities and Customer Satisfaction Committee
Impartial Hearing Officers
DeafBlind Committee Jan. 13, 2014 Minutes
DeafBlind Committee Feb. 10, 2014 Minutes 
Communication Center Advisory Committee Feb. 27, 2014
SRC-B Draft Minutes Feb. 27, 2014
SRC-B Final Meeting Minutes - April 2014

February 2014 Meeting Documents

Results of Customer Satisfaction Survey, JUL-SEP, 2013
ATB Questionnaire 2013 Draft
SSB Customer Satisfaction Survey Re-write, Jan-Feb 2014
Goals and Priorities Committee Minutes 11-19-13
SRC-B Employment Committee Meeting Minutes
January 2014 Minutes of the Transition Committee
Minority Outreach Committee Meeting Minutes
Nov 2013 Minutes Deafblind Committee 
CC Advisory Committee Meeting Nov 21 2013
Feb 20-2014 agenda
Attachment 4.8(b)(2) Coordination With Education 2015
Attachment 4.8(b)(4) Arrangements & Coop Agreements 
Attachment 4 10CSPD 2014
Attachment 4.11(b)Annual Estimates- 2015
Attachment 4.11(e)(2)Evaluation and Report of Progress on GPS
December 5, 2013 Final Minutes

December 5, 2013

December 2013 Agenda
October 2013 Final Minutes 
SRC-B 2013 Annual Report Final Draft
SRC-B 2014-2015 Work Plan Draft
CC Advisory Committee September 2013 Meeting Minutes
Transition Committee October 2013 Meeting Minutes
DeafBlind Committee October 2013 Meeting Minutes
DeafBlind Committee April 2013 Meeting Minutes
VR Effectiveness Report 
October 3 Minutes - Final 

October 3, 2013

October 2013 Agenda
Employment Subcommittee Meeting 
CC Advisory Committee Meeting - May 16, 2013
October 2013 Draft Minutes

August 1, 2013

Guidelines to Effectively Serve - Minority Outreach Committee
CC Advisory Committee Meeting - May 16, 2013
Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
August 2013 Agenda
August 2013 Draft Minutes
August 2013 Final Minutes

June 6, 2013

June 2013 Meeting Agenda
April 2013 Draft Minutes
2014 Attachment Report for SRC-B
February CC Advisory Committee Minutes
May Employment Committee Minutes
FFY2014 Draft Goals and Priorities
January Minority Outreach Committee Minutes
Needs Assessment FFY2012 Findings
SRC-B Committees & Recurring Task Forces Proposed 2013-2014

April 4, 2013

April 2013 Meeting agenda
April 2013 Final Minutes
February 2013 Draft Minutes
SRC-B By-laws 2005-2012 Changes
Communication Center Advisory Committee Minutes February 2013
Coordinating Committee Meeting Minutes March 2013
DeafBlind Committee Minutes January 2013
DeafBlind Committee Minutes February 2013
Report on the Contents of the Orientation Packet
Employment Committee Minutes February 2013
Transition Committee Minutes January 2013

February 21, 2013

February 2013 Final Minutes
February 2013 Meeting Agenda
December 2012 Draft Minutes       
Communication Center Advisory Committee Minutes February 2013
Customer Satisfaction Goals and Priorities
DeafBlind Committee
Minority Outreach Committee
Transition Committee
SRC-B By-laws 2005-2012 Changes 

Members

Angela Christle

Angela Christle earned a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Ethnic Studies both from Minnesota State University – Mankato. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is practicing as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with State Services for the Blind. Prior to her current position, she worked as a job placement specialist, direct support professional and recreational leader/director with agencies serving persons with disabilities. She has extensive volunteer experience which includes crisis counseling. Ms. Christle is based out of the Workforce Center in Rochester serving customers in 16 counties. She facilitates the vocational and independence achievement of Minnesotans who are blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind. She assists customers preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment, which allows her to interact with employers and adjustment to blindness training entities. Reach her at 507-389-6070 or email angela.christle@state.mn.us

Steven Ditschler

Steven Ditschler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ProAct, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, serving the employment and training needs of adults with disabilities. He holds a Master’s degree and more than 30 years of progressively responsible and successful experience with ProAct and other nonprofit organizations such as Owobopte, AccessAbility and MRCI. Steven is very committed to serving the needs of people with disabilities and the communities they live in. He currently serves as an elected member on a number of community boards including the State Rehabilitation Council-Blind, Governors Workforce Development Council, Nonprofit's Insurance Trust Board, and Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board. Reach him at 651-289-3150 or email sditschler@proactinc.org 

Jennifer Dunnam

Jennifer Dunnam serves as president of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota, a volunteer consumer advocacy organization which has hundreds of members around the state and is part of a nationwide organization working to improve opportunities for blind people. She manages a contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, to administer the courses leading to certification for braille transcribers and proofreaders. Dunnam represents the National Federation of the Blind on the Braille Authority of North America and works actively on issues of braille literacy in the digital age. She enjoys singing with the Twin Cities Women's Choir, reading and learning about a wide variety of subjects, and traveling for her job. Reach her at 612-203-2738  or email jennifer.dunnam1829@gmail.com

Scott Eggen

Scott Eggen was born in Fort Brag NC and grew up in Underwood, MN. He attended college at Alexandria Technical College. He began his employment at an auto parts store and worked there from 1983 to 1986. In 1986 he joined the Business Enterprise Program and opened his business in at Fergus Falls Community College where he stayed until1996. In 1996 he moved to Moorhead and began his business at Minnesota State University Moorhead and the Travel Information Center in Moorhead. He continues this business until the present. He hopes to bring a Business Enterprises perspective to the Council. Reach him at 218-329-1179 or email svsvend@yahoo.com

Robert Hobson

Robert Hobson teaches cane travel at BLIND Incorporated, which is an adjustment to blindness training center in Minneapolis. He joined the SRC-B because he feels that it is important for blind people to speak for themselves. As a blind person, he feels he can lend his voice to the agency that serves people just like himself. Outside of work, he is newly engaged and is helping his fiance plan the perfect end-of-summer wedding. Reach him at 815-546-3306 or email rhobson@blindinc.org

Steve Jacobson

Steve Jacobson has been employed for almost forty years in a number of computer-related capacities, starting out by writing business applications for singer mini-computers. For most of his career, he has held a number of positions at the 3M Company in St. Paul, and is currently a Senior Data Quality Analyst. Being blind from birth, Steve uses alternative techniques to perform various aspects of his job and is keenly aware of the challenges faced by blind persons on the job. He also currently serves as the vice-president of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota, and also of the nationwide computer science division of the NFB. He is married and has two daughters adopted from Korea. Reach him at 952-927-7694 or email steve.jacobson@visi.com

Christine Marble

Christine Marble is the Executive Director of Career Ventures, Inc. She brings 16 years of vocational rehabilitation experience to the Council. Chris is interested in serving on the SRC-B in order to enhance services, specifically employment opportunities to people who are DeafBlind, Blind, and Low Vision. She believes that a team approach is most effective and by tapping in to the expertise of counselors, community members and local employer we can increase employment outcomes for all. Reach her at 651-208-0079 or email cmarble@careerventuresinc.com

Jeff Mihelich

Jeff Mihelich is originally from Hibbing, up on the Iron Range. He has been living in Minneapolis for the past 20 years. He joined the SRC-B because as a customer of the Work Force Development Unit he wants to stay informed and contribute to the continued improvement of service and as a result improved independence of Minnesotans who are blind or low vision. Reach him at 612-869-7410 or email mplsjeffm@gmail.com

Michael ODay

Michael O’Day is the Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University in 2007, he served for 12 years in positions related to diversity management, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action at Northwest Airlines.  Before joining Northwest Airlines in 1995, he worked for seven years at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigating complaints of discrimination and reviewing state contractors for compliance to affirmative action requirements. Mr. O’Day holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations/Human Resources Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, both from the University of Minnesota. Mr. O’Day’s interest in serving on the SRC-B is to increase employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired Minnesotans. Reach him at 612-721-4337 or email odayx002@umn.edu

Kristin Oien

Kristin Oien is the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Specialist for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is responsible for providing support, training and technical assistance to teachers of the visually impaired (TBVI), certified orientation and mobility specialists (COMS), and other stakeholders providing service to students with disabilities and their families. As a member of the Rehabilitation Council for the Blind, she provides MDE updates and collaborates on the transition, communication center, vendor and rehabilitation teaching committees. Reach her at 651-582-8843 or email Kristin.oien@state.mn.us

Kenneth Rodgers

Kenneth Rodgers is the president of the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota (ACBM). He received his graduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a specialization in disability policy. Ken, besides being a schoolteacher for the first 12 years of his working life, is also a registered nurse, having worked as a cardiac RN at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Ken received a certification in Holistic Health Studies from the College of St. Catherine and has advanced knowledge in, and often consults on the effective use of Aroma therapy - using medical and therapeutic grade essential oils to improve wellness and prevent illness. He has always maintained a special interest in working with individuals to help them to improve their health after being certified as a Massage and Bodywork Therapist in 1999. Ken has an extensive history serving the Minnesota disability community and has served on the Minnesota State Council on Disability, currently chairs the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, has chaired the MN DOT ADA Access Advisory Committee and has held various elected positions within the American Council of the Blind. Reach him at 612-817-4760  or email kenrodgers@comcast.net

Rochelle Roehrich

Rochelle Roehrich is the CAP (Client Assistance Program) representative on the SRC-B. CAP provides legal assistance and representation to individuals with disabilities who are applying for or receiving services from the state’s vocational rehabilitation agencies or have other barriers to employment. Ms. Roehrich has been with the CAP and the MN Disability Law Center since 1998. Prior to the Disability Law Center, Ms. Roehrich worked in the mental health and social services fields. She has a B.A. from St Olaf College. Reach her at 612-746-3733 or email roehrich@midmnlegal.org

Jamie Taylor

Jamie Taylor joined the Minnesota's SRC-B to give a new perspective and to help ensure that the employment needs of the DeafBlind community, especially in the area of employment, are addressed by the Council and also SSB. She has a Master's degree in Deaf Education from the University of Minnesota. Formerly she worked as the technology access specialist for the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans for five years. She is currently looking at other opportunities to enrich and contribute to the needs of the DeafBlind in Minnesota and consequently Minnesota as a whole. Jamie is DeafBlind. Reach her by email at jamiemdba@gmail.com

Jeff_Thompson

Jeff Thompson worked in the printing industry for 20 years, taught Industrial Arts at a Blindness Training Center, advocated for Higher Education with MnSCU and attended Minneapolis Community College and the U of M. Woodworking and Audio recording are two of his many passions. Reach him at 612-554-2530 or email JThompson6835@comcast.net 

Lisa Vala

Lisa Vala has worked in research & development at General Mills for the past 29 years. She is the parent of two young adult children with vision and other disabilities. She has participated on other Governor-appointed councils and has been an advocate for system change with respect to special education. She became involved in the Council to learn more about the vocational rehabilitation system and to advocate for young people pursuing competitive employment and becoming taxpaying citizens. Reach her at 763-764-3012 or email Lisa.vala@genmills.com

Frances Whetstone

Frances Whetstone was appointed by Governor Dayton to represent the United Blind Organization for a three-year term on the Council. Twenty four years ago the eye doctor told her she was legally blind, but she was able to find the right places to help people with visual impairments; State Services for the Blind in St. Paul and Vision Loss Resources. Being on the Council, I will be able to help people who are blind or visually impaired. Frances has served on the Senior Services Committee for the last four years and is now member of the the Deaf-Blind Committee. Reach her at 952-926-4386.

Emily Zitek

Emily Zitek moved to Minnesota from Louisiana when she was 18 years old. She worked at BLIND, Inc. for 10 years and was the office manager, Braille translator, and life skills instructor there. In 2008, she made a change in her career and is now a licensed blind vendor, who maintains a convenience store and vending machine operation in five locations in St. Paul. She believes that being on the Rehabilitation Council for the Blind will allow her to continue helping SSB and the blind clients they serve. She hopes to teach other blind people in the community that blindness is only as much of a limitation as you allow it to be. Reach her at 612-267-9021 or email emilyzitek@gmail.com


Committees

The SRC-B has eight committees appointed by the chair of the council. The committees, which frequently include members from the general public, are:

  • Transition Committee
  • Communication Center Committee
  • Customer Satisfaction and Goals & Priorities Committee
  • Employment Committee
  • DeafBlind Committee
  • Minority Outreach Committee
  • Senior Services Committee
  • Vendor Outcomes and Measures Committee

2014-2015 Committee Appointments:

Communication Center Committee
Staff: Dave Andrews, 651-539-2294, David.B.Andrews@state.mn.us ; CC Supervisors can be contacted through Gwen Bighley, 651-539-2293, Gwen.Bighley@state.mn.us
Steve Jacobson – Chair, Elizabeth Bruber, Catherine Durivage, Jeff Mihelich, Jennifer Moeller, Kristin Oien, Carla Steinbring, Ryan Strunk, Renee Youngberg

Customer Satisfaction Goals Priorities Committee
Staff: Jon Benson, 651-539-2332, Jon.Benson@state.mn.us
Jennifer Dunnam – Chair, Ken Rodgers, Steve Jacobson, Jeff Mihelich, Lisa Butler

DeafBlind Committee
Staff: Lindsey Hanson, 651-539-2340, Lindsey.Hanson@state.mn.us ; Linda Lingen, 651-539-2279, Linda.Lingen@state.mn.us
Jamie Taylor – Chair, Cathy Lyle, Debbie Lentz, Mike O’Reilly, Chris Marble, Paul Deeming, Joni Anderson

Employment Committee
Staff: Angela Christle, 507-280-5563, Angela.Christle@state.mn.us ; Ron Grimm, 651-539-2275, Ronald.Grimm@state.mn.us ; Andy Olson, 651-539-2302, Thomas.A.Olson@state.mn.us
Michael O’Day – Chair, Steve Ditchler, Angela Christle, Dick Davis, Lisa Vala, Ken Rodgers, Chris Marble

Minority Outreach Committee
Staff: Jon Benson, 651-539-2332, Jon.Benson@state.mn.us ; Linda Lingen, 651-539-2279, Linda.Lingen@state.mn.us
Judy Sanders – Chair, Erin E.C. Salinas, Gloria LaFriniere, Jeff Thompson, Scott Eggen, Sharon Monthei, Meredith Larson

Senior Services Committee
Staff: Ed Lecher, 651-539-2324, Edward.lecher@state.mn.us ; Sue Crancer, 651-539-2325, Sue.Crancer@state.mn.us
Jean Johnson – Chair, Amy Baron, Pat Barrett, Emily Zitek, Bob Raisbeck, Gene Hockhalter, Frances Whetstone

Transition Committee
Staff: Natasha Lemler, 651-539-2344, Natasha.Lemler@state.mn.us
Wendy DeVore – Chair, Rochelle Roehrich, Elizabeth Bruber, Rebecca Kragnes, Kristin Oien, Dan Wenzel, Rachel Magario

Vendor Outcomes & Measures Committee
Staff: Jennifer Beilke, 651-539-2273, Jennifer.Beilke@state.mn.us
Robert Hobson – Chair, Christy Leach, Rachel Magario

Bylaws

ARTICLE I. Name and Establishment of the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

Section 1.1: NAME - The name of this organization shall be the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind. (hereinafter referred to as SRC-B).

Section 1.2: ESTABLISHMENT – The SRC-B is established consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and Minnesota Statute 248.10. The members of the SRC-B are appointed by the Governor.

ARTICLE II: Purpose and Duties of the SRC-B

Section 2.1: PURPOSE - The purpose of the SRC-B shall be to advise the Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development about programs of State Services for the Blind and to perform other functions as provided in State and Federal statute.

Section 2.2: DUTIES OF THE SRC-B -The SRC-B’s duties are:
1. Review, analyze and advise SSB regarding the performance of its responsibilities,
particularly relating to:
(a) Eligibility, including order of selection;
(b) The extent, scope, and effectiveness of services provided; and
(c) Functions performed by SSB that affect, or potentially affect, the ability of
persons who are blind, visually impaired or DeafBlind in achieving employment
outcomes under this title.
2. In partnership with SSB,
(a) Develop, agree to and review state goals and priorities in accordance with the
1998 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;and
(b) Evaluate the effectiveness of the vocational rehabilitation program and submit
reports of progress to the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services
Administration in accordance with federal law;
3. Assist SSB in the preparation of the state plan and amendments to the plan,
applications, reports, needs assessments and evaluations required by this title;
4. To the extent feasible, conduct a review and analysis of the effectiveness of, and
consumer satisfaction with:
(a) functions performed by SSB;
(b) vocational rehabilitation services provided by SSB and other public and private
entities responsible for providing vocational rehabilitation services to persons who
are blind, visually impaired, and DeafBlind under this Act; and
(c) employment outcomes achieved by eligible individuals receiving services under this
title, including the availability of health and other employment benefits in connection
with such employment outcomes;
5. Prepare and submit a report to the Governor and the Commissioner of the
Rehabilitation Services Administration, on the status of vocational rehabilitation
programs operated within the state, and make the report available to the public;
6. Avoid duplication of efforts and enhance the number of individuals served by
coordinating activities with other state advisory councils;
7. Provide for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between
SSB and the Statewide Council for Independent Living and Centers for
Independent Living within the state;
8. Perform such other functions, consistent with the purpose of this title, as the
Council determines to be appropriate and comparable to the other functions
performed by the SRC-B; and
9. Prepare a list of qualified impartial hearing officers that must be jointly identified by
SSB and the SRC-B in accordance with 34 CFR 361.57(f)

ARTICLE III: Membership Composition, Terms, Removal, Attendance and Filling of Vacancies

Section 3.1: MEMBERSHIP COMPOSITION -The composition of the SRC-B’s membership shall be as provided in State and Federal statute. A majority of the SRC-B’s membership must be blind, visually impaired or DeafBlind. Composition of members must include at least: one representative of the Statewide Independent Living Council; one representative of a parent training and information center; one representative of the client assistance program; one vocational rehabilitation counselor; one representative of community rehabilitation services providers; one representative of the directors of the American Indian VR Projects; one representative of the Governor’s Workforce Development Council; one representative from the Department of Education; four representatives of business, industry and labor; and current or former applicants for or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services. The SRC-B shall also include a representative from each of the consumer groups representing persons who are blind or DeafBlind. The Director of SSB shall serve as an ex officio nonvoting member. If the appointed rehabilitation counselor is an employee of SSB, he/she will abstain from voting, although the member can serve as an officer, committee member or task force member.

Section 3.2: TERMS – Members of the SRC-B are appointed for three-year terms. No member may serve more than two consecutive full terms except the representative of the Client Assistance Program and the representative of the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Project. If a member completes any portion of a three year term vacated by a previous member, it is considered a full term. Upon completion of two terms, members may be considered for reappointment after being off the SRC-B for at least one year.

Section 3.3: ATTENDANCE - In the event a member has three unexcused absences for general SRC-B meetings in a twelve-month period, the Chair shall contact the member to inquire as to his/her willingness and ability to continue to serve on the SRC-B. The Chair shall inform the SRC-B of the results of up to three attempts to contact the member. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the SRC-B, a letter will be sent to the Governor with a copy to the SRC-B member. An “unexcused absence” is one in which a member of the SRC-B does not notify the chair or SRC-B support staff of the reason for the absence, either before or after the meeting but simply fails to attend.

Section 3.4: VACANCIES - Except as provided by state and federal law, any vacancy occurring in the membership of the SRC-B shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The vacancy shall not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the duties of the SRC-B.

ARTICLE IV: Compensation 

Members of the SRC-B shall be offered compensation as provided in State Statute. In addition, members of the SRC-B shall be offered reimbursement for travel expenses associated with attendance at full SRC-B meetings, SRC-B Committee or Task Force meetings, or when requested by the SRC-B at any other meeting. In order to qualify to receive compensation, the activity must constitute a full day spent on SRC-B activities. A “full day spent on council activities” consists of:
• Any meeting of the full SRC-B at which the member of the SRC-B is present for
more than two hours including travel time;
• Any time a member of the SRC-B has been assigned to a SRC-B committee or
task force, at which the member of the SRC-B is present for more than two hours
including travel time;
• Any event approved by the chairperson of the SRC-B in advance for which a
member of the SRC-B is required to stay overnight;
• Any event approved by the chairperson of the SRC-B in advance that a member
attends in the performance of his/her responsibilities as a member of the SRC-B
that is two hours or longer in duration including travel time.
Members who, as a result of time spent attending SRC-B or committee meetings, incur child care expenses that would not otherwise have been incurred, may be reimbursed for those expenses upon authorization by the chairperson of the SRC-B.

ARTICLE V: Accessibility of Meetings and Materials 

The location and the content of SRC-B meetings will be fully accessible. Reasonable accommodations will be provided regularly for members of the SRC - B and provided upon request for members of the public. All requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the meeting. Written material used at the meeting shall not be distributed at that meeting if materials in accessible, alternative formats are unavailable. Requests can be made by contacting the SSB office.

ARTICLE VI: Regular meetings, Special Meetings, Record of Meetings, Decision Making, Conflict of Interest, Public Comment and Public Notice

Section 6.1: REGULAR MEETINGS - The SRC-B shall meet at least six (6) times per year. Written notice and any document requiring a SRC-B decision shall be mailed or personally delivered to each member of the SRC-B, in the format preferred by the member, not less than five (5) days prior to the date of the meeting. In the case of a recess to another day, all members of the SRC-B shall be notified of the place, day and hour of the reconvened meeting. A majority of currently appointed members of the SRC-B must be present in order to constitute a quorum to transact business.

Section 6.2: SPECIAL MEETINGS - Special meetings of the SRC-B may be called at the request of the chairperson, Commissioner of DEED, Director of State Services for the Blind, or by written request to the chairperson by any four (4) members of the SRC-B. Written notice and any document requiring a SRC-B decision shall be mailed or personally delivered to each member of the SRC-B, in the format preferred by the member, not less than five (5) days prior to the date of the meeting. A majority of currently appointed members of the SRC-B must be present in order to constitute a quorum to transact business.

Section 6.3: DECISION MAKING - Unless otherwise provided for in these Bylaws, decisions of the SRC-B shall be made by a simple majority of the members of the SRC-B present and voting. There shall be no proxy voting. Robert's Rules of Order shall be used as a guide in the conduct of all SRC-B meetings. The SRC-B may use telephone or other electronic means in the conduct of its meetings so long as the following conditions are met, in accordance with Minnesota Stat. 248.10:
(a) All members of the SRC-B participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location,can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;
(b) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the SRC-B can
hear all discussion and all testimony and all votes of members of the SRC-B;
(c) at least one member of the SRC-B is physically present at the regular meeting
location; and
(d) all votes are conducted by roll call so that each member’s vote on each issue can
be identified and recorded.

Section 6.4: CONFLICT OF INTEREST - Members must abstain from chairing a meeting, voting or making a motion on matters that may financially benefit the member or any organization in which they serve in a policy-making capacity. Members of the SRC-B, its committees or task forces should voluntarily remove themselves from such matters, or may be removed, when there is an apparent conflict of interest, with the support of at least two-thirds of the members present and voting.

Section 6.5: PUBLIC COMMENT - Time will be made available at each regular meeting of the SRC-B for public comment whether or not such comment is directly related to the agenda. Further, non-members attending SRC-B meetings shall have the opportunity to comment concerning matters related to the agenda prior to formal action by the SRC-B. Public comment may be extended or terminated by the chairperson or by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting.

Section 6.6: PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETINGS - In accordance with Minnesota's Open Meeting Law, the public shall be notified of all SRC-B meetings using all appropriate means of notification.

Section 6.7: RECORDS OF MEETINGS - Verbatim transcriptions of all SRC-B meetings shall be retained on audio tape and/or in print by SSB as the SRC-B’s official record. Summary minutes, reflecting discussion and action taken by the SRC-B, shall be prepared for general distribution.

Section 6.8: HEARINGS AND FORUMS - The SRC-B is authorized to hold such hearings and forums as the SRC-B may determine to be necessary to carry out the duties of the SRC-B.

ARTICLE VII: Officers and Elections

Section 7.1: ELECTIONS -The officers of the SRC-B shall consist of a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson, elected by the SRC-B from among its members. Officers shall be elected annually, during the first SRC-B meeting of each calendar year, by a simple majority of the members of the SRC-B present and voting by phone or in person.

Section 7.2: CHAIRPERSON OF THE SRC-B - The chairperson of the SRC-B shall preside at all meetings of the SRC-B in a fair and impartial manner, fully participate in SRC-B business except making or seconding motions, have voting privileges, and shall be an ex-officio member of all SRC-B committees and task forces. In presiding over meetings the chairperson shall assure the right of the minority to full and fair expression of its views and shall not allow such expression to defeat the will of the majority. In addition, the chairperson of the SRC-B shall:
• With the approval of the SRC-B, appoint chairpersons for SRC-B committees
and task forces;
• With the SSB Director, or designated staff, develop agendas for SRC-B
meetings;
• With the SSB Director, or designated staff, orient new members of the SRC-B
and encourage their involvement in SRC-B activities; and
• Engage in effective communication with all members of the SRC-B.

Section 7.3: VICE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SRC-B - The vice chairperson of the SRC-B shall aid the chairperson in the performance of his/her duties and, in the absence of the chairperson, shall preside at meetings of the SRC-B. If the chairperson is unable to serve, the vice chairperson shall assume the duties of that position but shall not officially occupy that chairperson's position until elected to that position by the SRC-B.

Section 7.4: TEMPORARY CHAIR – In the absence of the Chair and Vice Chair, members present shall elect a temporary Chair.

ARTICLE VIII: Committees and Task Forces 

The SRC-B shall create such committees and task forces as it deems appropriate and necessary to carry out its purposes. Such Committees and Task forces will be listed, with duties and dates for completion of duties, in the annual SRC-B Work Plan. With the approval of the SRC-B, the chairperson of the SRC-B shall appoint members and chairpersons for all committees and task forces. Members and chairpersons of Committees shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year. Members and chairpersons of Task forces shall serve for the life of the task force. Members and chairpersons of committees and task forces need not be members of the SRC-B. However, all committees and task forces shall include at least one member of the SRC-B.

ARTICLE IX: Amendments 

These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the SRC-B by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting. The proposed amendment must have been submitted in writing at a previous regular or special meeting of the SRC-B.

History of Revisions to these Bylaws:
October 2, 2004
August 4, 2005
August 7, 2008
April 4, 2013
Date these revisions are approved

Plans/Reports

Work Plans

Goals and Priorities

Annual Report

Adjustment to Blindness (ATB) Satisfaction Survey

Access the results of our most-recent ATB customer satisfaction surveys. To request copies of older reports, call 800-652-9000.

April 13, 2013 Council Gathering

New Members’ Orientation Packet

SRC-B Committees and Recurring Task Forces 2013

2010 DeafBlind Customer Satisfaction Survey