NCBVI Commission Board Meeting


Notice of Meeting

The Board of Commissioners to the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired will meet Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.  There will be a 15-minute Focus Topic on the Role of the Deputy Director of Services.  The Annual Evaluation of the Executive Director will also be held. 

Pursuant to the Executive Order 21-02 signed by Governor Pete Ricketts on January 11, 2021 granting special waivers to the Open Meetings Act, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be conducted via video conference. 

If reasonable accommodations are needed, please contact NCBVI at 402-471-8101 as soon as possible.  Every effort will be made to arrange the needed accommodation.  


 Nebraska Commission for the Blind

Public Meeting, Saturday, April 24, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Via Video Conference

Topic: NCBVI Commission Board Meeting

Time: Apr 24, 2021 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 6807 7575

Passcode: 218725

One tap mobile

+13462487799,,94168077575#,,,,*218725# US (Houston)

+16699009128,,94168077575#,,,,*218725# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Meeting ID: 941 6807 7575

Passcode: 218725

Find your local number:


9:00 a.m. Call to Order. Welcome and introductions. Announcement concerning public comment periods, meeting agendas, open meeting act, proof of publication, recordings and other logistics.

9:10 a.m. – Approval of the January 30, 2021 public meeting minutes.

9:15 a.m.  – Report from the Commissioners

9:20 a.m. – Focus Topic: The role of the Deputy Director of Services

9:35 a.m. – Public Comment

9:45 a.m. - Report from the Executive Director

10:05 a.m. - Newsline® Update

10:10 a.m. – Client Assistance Program (CAP) Complaints or issues

10:20 a.m. - Public Comment

10:30 a.m. - Break

New Business

10:45 a.m. –   Public Hearing – Technology Access Clause

Notes for the public hearing on the technology access clause:

• Background. Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 73-205, representatives from the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, and the Chief Information Officer, in consultation with other state agencies, developed a revised technology access clause to be included in all contracts entered into by state agencies. The revised clause would replace the current technology access clause adopted in December 2000 ( 201.pdf).

• Public Comment at the Hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to accept public comments on the revised technology access clause. Public comments during the virtual hearing will be made using Zoom video conferencing.  Each speaker will be limited to 5 minutes. The hearing is scheduled for 30 minutes but may end earlier if commenting has concluded.

• Written Comments. Written comments may be submitted by email to  at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.

• Revised Technology Access Clause.

The revised clause follows: 

Technology Access Assurances:

1.) Commitment: The State of Nebraska is committed to ensuring that all information and communication technology (ICT), developed, leased, or owned by the State of Nebraska, affords equivalent access to employees, program participants and members of the public with disabilities, as it affords to employees, program participants and members of the public who are not persons with disabilities.

2.) Understanding and warrantee: By entering into this Contract, Contractor understands and agrees that if the Contractor is providing a product or service that contains ICT, as defined in (subsection XX), and such ICT is intended to be directly interacted with by the user or is public-facing, such ICT must provide equivalent access, or be modified during implementation to afford equivalent access, to employees, program participants, and members of the public who have and who do not have disabilities. The Contractor may comply with section by complying with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and its implementing standards adopted and promulgated by the U.S. Access Board.

3.) Scope of ICT: ICT means information technology and other equipment, systems, technologies, or processes, for which the principal function is the creation, manipulation, storage, display, receipt, or transmission of electronic data and information, as well as any associated content. Contractor hereby agrees ICT includes computers and peripheral equipment, information kiosks and transaction machines, telecommunications equipment, customer premises equipment, multifunction office machines, software; applications, web sites, videos, and electronic documents. For the purposes of these assurances, ICT does not include ICT that is used exclusively by a contractor.

11:15 a.m. – Discuss and act on the approval of The Executive Directors time certification.

11: 20 a.m. – Discuss and act on the approval of employee in-state and out-of-state travel

11:25 a.m. - Vote to enter Executive Session

11:30 a.m. – Executive Session to conduct the Executive Director Annual Evaluation

12:00 noon. – Vote to leave Executive Session

12:05 a.m. – Act on the retention of the Executive Director and his Salary

12:10 p.m. - Final Announcements

12:15 p.m. - Adjourn


Event Date: 
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 9:00am