[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind School Board Member Has Settled With School District

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Thu Oct 19 00:18:05 UTC 2017


Blind School Board Member Has Settled With School District

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Agreement Resolving 
Accommodation Issues

Baltimore, Maryland (October 18, 2017): A blind man's litigation 
against a California school district on whose governing board he 
serves has been resolved by agreement of the parties.

Timothy R. Nonn, who was elected to the board of the Cotati Rohnert 
Park Unified School District last year, sued the district and its 
superintendent with the assistance of the National Federation of the 
Blind because three sitting members of the school board had voted 
against his request to use an aid that he personally hired and 
trained to read documents to him at school board meetings. The 
agreement specifies that Mr. Nonn can hire and train his own aids to 
assist him at board meetings and in most situations where he is 
acting in his official capacity.

"We assisted Mr. Nonn in this litigation because it is critically 
important that political opponents of elected representatives who are 
blind be prevented from discriminating against them by denying 
accommodations and access to information," said Mark Riccobono, 
President of the National Federation of the Blind. "We are therefore 
pleased that this litigation has been amicably resolved and that Mr. 
Nonn will have the accommodations he needs going forward."

"I am profoundly grateful for the support of the National Federation 
of the Blind," said Mr. Nonn. "Without its help, I would not have 
been provided with proper accommodations for my blindness. This 
experience has taught me the importance not only of blind people 
standing up for our rights, but standing together. This victory also 
enables me to effectively advocate for the rights of students with 
special needs who are being denied accommodations."

The United States District Court, Northern District of California, 
approved the agreement and dismissed the litigation (Case No. 
3:17-cv-00761-JCS) on September 13. Neither Mr. Nonn nor the school 
district admit any wrongdoing.


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in 
Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind 
Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, 
and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. 
The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides 
information and support to families with blind children, older 
Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes 
and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into 
reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at www.nfb.org.


Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

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