Utah Legislative Updates by Sachin Pavithran

Dear federation family, this is your NFB of Utah legislative update: May, 2017

We continue to work on issues that impact the blind through the legislative process.  The following are the issues that we at the NFB are directly working with Congress:

Accessible Instructional Material in Higher Education Act, H.R. 1772 (AIM HIGH)

This bill will promote instructional technology and content that are accessible to the blind and other students with print disabilities. Read the AIM HIGH fact sheet to learn more.
Access Technology Affordability Act of 2017, H.R. 1734 and S. 732 (ATAA)

These bills will facilitate the purchase of access technology for blind people by creating a refundable, per person tax credit. Read the Access Technology Affordability Act of 2017 fact sheet to learn more.

Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act of 2017, H.R. 1377 (TIME)

This bill will increase employment opportunities by removing stigmas and low expectations propagated by section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Note that the bill now phases out subminimum wages over a six year period corresponding to the recommendation of the National Council on Disability. Read the TIME Act fact sheet to learn more.
What can you do to help in this process:

1.  Try to advocate for these issues by contacting your congressional delegates either by emailing or calling their DC and or Utah office.

2.  Try to attend any town hall or events that your congressional delegates are having in your area and bring these issues up if you get the opportunity.

3.  Get friends and family members educated about these issues and have them do the same by advocating for these issues with their congressional offices.

4.  Please keep me posted if you get any specific feedback from your outreach to the congressional offices. My contact information should follow this email.

5.  If you have personal stories that has a direct link to these issues, please share it with me.


Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about any of these issues that we are advocating for.  We can make a difference and change systems if we collectively engage in the legislative process


Sachin Pavithran
Legislative Director
National Federation of the Blind of Utah (NFBU)
Phone : 1-435-512 6877
Email : sachin.pavithran@usu.edu

You can access this year’s legislative fact sheets using the following link –


The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.