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Executive Order #108

Governor Christine Todd Whitman

See EO #103 and #110 Florio

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 103 (Florio) established the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired Rehabilitation Advisory Council (the "CBVI Advisory Council") in, but not of, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, in accordance with the mandates of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992, enacted on October 29, 1992, and known as P.L. 102-569; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 110 (Florio) established the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Rehabilitation Advisory Council ("DVRS Advisory Council") in, but not of, the New Jersey Department of Labor, in accordance with the mandates of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992, enacted on October 29, 1992, and known as P.L. 102-569; and

WHEREAS, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 require the addition of at least two additional members to each Advisory Council, including at least one representative of the State educational agency responsible for the public education of students with disabilities who are eligible to receive services under the Rehabilitation Act and the relevant section of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and at least one representative of the State workforce investment board; and

WHEREAS, the CBVI and DVRS Advisory Councils' memberships shall reflect a majority of qualified persons with disabilities representing the interests of New Jersey's cross-disability population, all of whom shall have knowledge of vocational rehabilitation concepts, programs, policies and services; and

WHEREAS, the CBVI and the DVRS Advisory Councils are designed to be consumer controlled so as to provide individuals with disabilities a stronger and more substantive role in shaping the programs and services established to support their employment goals and aspirations; and

WHEREAS, certain references to the Individuals with Disabilities Act in Executive Order Nos. 103 and 110 must be revised to properly reflect the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, CBVI Advisory Council membership shall be increased by at least two additional members.

2. Paragraph 6, section b. of Executive Order No.103 (Florio) is amended to read as follows:

b. at least one representative of a parent training and information center established pursuant to section 682(a) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USCA sec. 1482(2)).

3. Paragraph 6 shall be further amended to include the following language:

i. at least one representative of the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education; and

j. at least one representative of the State workforce investment board.

4. All other provisions of Executive Order No. 103 (Florio) shall remain in full force and effect, except those that are inconsistent with the aforementioned changes.

5. Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, DVRS Advisory Council membership shall be increased by at least two additional members.

6. Paragraph 3, Section a, subsection (3) of Executive Order No. 110 is amended to read as follows: (3)at least one representative of a parent training and information center established pursuant to section 682(a) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USCA sec. 1482(2)).

7. Paragraph 6 shall be further amended to include the following language:

(10) at least one representative of the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education; and

(11) at least one representative of the State workforce investment board; and

(12) the Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member of the Council.

8. All other provisions of Executive Order No. 110 (Florio) shall remain in full force and effect, except those that are inconsistent with the aforementioned changes.

9. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal,
this 4th day of January in the Year
of Our Lord, Two Thousand, and
of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Twenty Fourth.

Christine Todd Whitman
Governor

Attest:

Richard S. Mroz
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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