Braille Monitor                                                                           December 1986

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NAC Thrown out in Rhode Island

The past year has been a time of hardship for NAC (the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped). A few months ago NAC was told it wouldn't be needed anymore in Kansas. At about the same time it got a similar message from Michigan. And these messages didn't come from small, insignificant agencies. They came from the Kansas State Services for the Blind and the Michigan School for the Blind. This fall it was the turn of North Carolina. The Governor Moorehead School for the Blind (North Carolina's residential school) decided NAC accreditation was not worth continuing. As the superintendent of the school pointed out, the institution had been accredited for more than a dozen years, so it was in a position to know whether or not NAC accreditation is beneficial.

NAC keeps trying to smile bravely, but the rejection slips keep coming. This time it is Rhode Island. At the annual state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island on September 27, 1986, a representative of the State Services for the Blind announced that NAC accreditation was being dropped at the end of 1986. The blind of the state were overjoyed and greeted the news with cheers. One would think that NAC would ultimately get the message. The blind (the people it tells the public it is helping) never seem sorry to see it go. The leaders of the NFB of Rhode Island played a key part in the de-NACing:

Providence, Rhode Island
October 7,1986

Dear President Maurer:

I am writing officially to inform you that at our state convention, it was announced by a representative from the Rhode Island State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired that as of December 31, 1986, they would no longer be affiliated with NAC. This was done by the direct effort of our people on the Governor's Advisory Council for that agency. These people were Ed Beck, Mary Jane Fry, and Father Gerard Sabourin. I wanted to pass this information to you because I am sure, like us, you will be very happy to hear another agency has left the control of NAC.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Gaffney, President National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island