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In 1936 the Federal Randolph Sheppard Act was enacted by Congress in an effort to provide self-employment opportunities to blind men and women throughout the country. The Randolph Sheppard Act gives blind men and women priority to operate businesses on Federal property.


In 1974 amendments were added to the Randolph Sheppard Act one of which mandated the creation of an elected committee of blind vendors. The Committee’s role would be to advocate for, protect the rights of, and represent blind vendors within their state. Thus the creation of the Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors (ICBV). Since its inception the ICBV has been on the forefront of advocacy, leadership, and guidance not only for the Illinois Blind Vendors but for Blind Vendors across the United States.


In addition the ICBV has realized the importance of giving back to the community. Several years ago the ICBV began a disability hiring initiative with the intent of offering employment opportunities to any person with a disability.


This initiative became so successful, that in 2001 the Illinois Department of Human Services named the ICBV “Employee of the Year”.


In 2001, the ICBV became a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization. This now allows the Committee to accept donations that are tax deductible.


Public Law 2421 known as the Blind Vendor Act was signed into law in August 2009 by Governor Pat Quinn. Our special and sincere thanks go out to Senator Mike Jacobs and State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe and the Illinois General Assembly.

This new public law mirrors the federal Randolph Sheppard Act on State property and will create self employment opportunities for blind men and women for many years to come.In 2011 we are happy to announce that many more state locations are being turned over to ICBV/BEPB including State Prisons, Department of Natural Resources, Secretary of State, and National Guard/Armory locations. There is a lot to be excited about in our program as we move forward.In 2012 President Barack Obama signed off on a presidential proclamation mandating that federal agencies across the country acknowledge and work under the priority given to us in the federal Randolph Sheppard Act. We are also tremendously excited about our new alliance with the National Federation of the Blind/National Association of Blind Merchants. Through their leadership and direction they will keep the Randolph Sheppard program alive and in the forefront for many years to come.In 2013 we have had a steady pattern of growth as we continue to take over Department of Correction facilities that belong to us under our new priority.  Although initially the Department of Corrections had some reservations in relation to Blind Vendors operating these sites I must say I believe that they are more than satisfied and happy with the current service being delivered to these locations.  Let me thank the staff for doing such a fine job in making sure these sites are opened with proper equipment, inventory and training which led to a very smooth transition.Over the last year the Business Enterprise Program has trained many new blind men and women which I feel will strengthen our future as long as we continue to work together for the betterment of this great program.  We look forward to the new year and all that it has to offer.Thank You
The Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors
53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 502
Chicago, IL
(312) 663-3007
icbv.neticbv@sbcglobal.netJohn Gordon; Chairman, Donnie Anderson; Vice Chairman, Ed Birmingham, Dave Crawford, Marco Giannotti, Charlie Stolzenbach, Jessie Rogers, Sonia Alcaide, Giovanni Francese, Mike Boldrey, Randy Virden, Kathy Ungaro
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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

October 11, 2013
Presidential Proclamation — Blind Americans Equality Day, 2013


Blind and visually impaired persons have always played an important role in American life and culture, and today we recommit to our goals of full access and opportunity. Whether sprinting across finish lines, leading innovation in business and government, or creating powerful music and art, blind and visually impaired Americans imagine and pursue ideas and goals that move our country forward. As a Nation, it is our task to ensure they can always access the tools and support they need to turn those ideas and goals into realities.

My Administration is committed to advancing opportunity for people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act and other important avenues. In June of this year, the United States joined with over 150 countries in approving a landmark treaty that aims to expand access for visually impaired persons and other persons with print disabilities to information, culture, and education. By facilitating access to books and other printed material, the treaty holds the potential to open up worlds of knowledge. If the United States becomes a party to this treaty, we can reduce the book famine that confronts the blind community while maintaining the integrity of the international copyright framework.

The United States was also proud to join 141 other countries in signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009, and we are working toward its ratification. Americans with Disabilities, including those who are blind or visually impaired, should have the same opportunities to work, study, and travel in other countries as any other American, and the Convention can help us realize that goal.

To create a more level playing field and ensure students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum, the Department of Education issued new guidance in June for the use of Braille as a literacy tool under the  Individuals with

Disabilities Education Act. This guidance reaffirms my Administration’s commitment to using Braille to open doors for students who are blind or visually impaired, so every student has a chance to succeed in the classroom and graduate from high school prepared for college and careers.

We have come a long way in our journey toward a more perfect Union, but we still have work ahead. We must fulfill the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and expand the freedom to make of our lives what we will. On this day, we celebrate the accomplishments of our blind and visually impaired citizens, and we recommit to building a Nation where all Americans, including those who are blind or visually impaired, live with the assurance of equal opportunity and equal respect.

By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628, as amended), the Congress designated October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day” to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low vision. Today, let us recommit to ensuring we remain a Nation where all our people, including those with disabilities, have every opportunity to achieve their dreams.

By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628, as amended), the Congress designated October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day” to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low vision. Today, let us recommit to ensuring we remain a Nation where all our people, including those with disabilities, have every opportunity to achieve their dreams.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2013, as Blind Americans Equality Day. I call upon public officials, business and community leaders, educators, librarians, and Americans across the country to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.






















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