Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind



RANDOLPH-SHEPPARD ACT - RSA is proud to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Randolph-Sheppard Act. DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Randolph-Sheppard Act was passed in 1936 and was amended in 1954 and 1974.  It was authorized for the purpose of providing blind individuals with remunerative employment, enlarging economic opportunities for the blind, and stimulating the blind to become self-supporting members of our society.

  • Since the Randolph-Sheppard Act was passed, thousands of blind individuals have been licensed and

  • Although there is no legislative mandate, in FY 2009, blind vendors voluntarily employed 1,919 persons with visual and other disabilities, as well as 12,482 other individuals.