Public, Society Benefit

National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services, Inc.

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • www.nacblvs.org

Mission Statement

To promote and recognize high quality rehabilitation and education services for people who are blind or have low vision through a comprehensive accreditation process guided by contemporary service standards

Main Programs

  1. Accreditation
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

NAC accredits organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

ruling year

1967

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Mr. William Robinson III

Keywords

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Blind, Visually Impaired, Low Vision

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EIN

13-2574824

Also Known As

National Accreditation Council, NAC

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accreditation is a rigorous, transparent, and comprehensive evaluative process in which an organization undergoes an independent external peer assessment of its systems, processes, and performance by an impartial external organization (accrediting body) to ensure that it's activities are conducted in a manner that meets predetermined criteria and are consistent with evidence-informed standards. Accreditation serves in setting quality standards and uniformity…" It “…is the most commonly used external mechanism for standards-based quality improvement …." This definition was extracted from Accreditation of health care providers. The Econex Health Reform Series. Health Reform Note 2. April 2010. Available on-line at http://econex.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/econex_health-reform-note_2.pdf

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Accreditation

NAC is an accrediting body born out of the Commission on Standards and Accreditation of Services for the Blind in 1966 (Commission). To paraphrase from the 1966 Commission – “In pursuance of continuous progress, the need has been felt for some time for specific standards by which the effectiveness of activities in this field could be gauged and upgraded.” NAC’s Accreditation Program embraces this original purpose and goal.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

100,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Accreditation has been aptly described as “an internationally recognized evaluation process used to assess and improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care organizations. Simply put, accreditation is based on the premise that adherence to evidence-based standards will produce higher quality health care services in an increasingly safe environment. It is also a way to publically recognize that a health care organization has met national quality standards" (Nicklin, 2011). The accreditation process, as implemented by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services, Inc. (NAC) and for most other accrediting bodies “consists of periodic or cyclical assessments of organizational and clinical practices and the measurement of their performance against pre-established, evidence-based standards" (Nicklin, 2011).
    • Stimulate sustainable quality improvement efforts and continuously raise the bar with regard to quality improvement initiatives, policies, and processes.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Applicant organizations complete and submit a formal application for accreditation or re-accreditation to the NAC office. The nature and content of this application is reviewed by the NAC office. This review is followed up by a telephone discussion with the organization seeking accreditation. A set of current NAC standards and the Self-Assessment Manual is forwarded to the organization, which then launches the self-assessment process. Upon completion, The Self-Assessment is submitted to the NAC office for preliminary review to see that all areas are completed as required. A team of peer professionals in the field of blindness and low vision is assigned by NAC (with approval of the applicant agency) to review the Self-Assessment and to conduct an on-site peer review. This on-site review seeks to examine the organization's self-rated activities as they relate to relevant NAC standards.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services, Inc. (NAC) utilizes volunteer peer reviewers to conduct the on-site peer review. The NAC office coordinates the scheduling and monitors the progress of the organizational self-assessment; the selection of volunteer peer reviewers; and the on-site peer review.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    For organizations seeking accreditation or re-accreditation, progress is measured by improvements in organizational:
    • “Structure" which denotes the attributes of the settings in which care occurs.
    • “Process" which denotes what is actually done in giving and receiving care.
    • “Outcome" which denotes the effects of services on the status of consumers.

    For the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services, Inc. (NAC) progress is represented by NAC standards driving and motivating the improvements noted above. NAC on-site peer reviews attest to motivation of organizational improvement.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Process improvements in the accreditation process.
    Procedural improvements in on-site peer reviews.
    Updates of standards.

    Would like to upgrade the current web site.
    Would like to recruit more volunteers.
    Would like to raise additional support.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

NAC accredits organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

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Nat'l Accreditation Council for Agencies Srvg Blind & Visually Impaired
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. William Robinson III

BIO

In Feb 2001, Mr. Robinson was accidentally shot by a fellow hunter. The accident left him without sight in his left eye and limited sight in his right eye. An accomplished finance professional, Mr. Robinson never lost hope or a sense of vision. After rehabilitation, he passionately pursued sharing his wisdom, expertise and life skills with businesses and individual clients. The Vision Council featured Mr. Robinson as a speaker at the National Press Club in Washington, DC where he met Dr. Tracy Williams, Chairman of the Board of NAC. He was recruited for a position on the NAC Board. He served for three years as a NAC Board member and stepped into the Executive Director role June of 2012. Mr. Robinson continues to serve individual and business clients in addition to serving as NAC Executive Director. He began his career in 1981 with Price Waterhouse, a public accounting firm known today as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Robinson served as VP Taxes and Executive Committee Member of the RTM Restaurant Group from 1989 to 1997. From 1997 until Feb 2001, Mr. Robinson helped lead National Service Industries as a member of Management Committee, VP Mergers and Acquisitions and CFO of National Linen Service. Mr. Robinson is married with four children. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981 with a BS in Business Administration and major in Accounting. He is a frequent speaker and he volunteers his time and talent to serve on local charitable and national boards.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"I never anticipated I would be connected to the blind and low vision community. Vision impairment can easily steal your identity if you allow yourself to be limited by your sight rather than your vision. I experienced vocational rehabilitation funded by two separate disability insurance companies. It was through my own experience that I learned about the importance of standards of care. One disability company introduced me to the Center for Visually Impaired in Atlanta GA where I visited a low vision optometrist and received services that were accredited. The other disability company sent a nurse to my home who asked if I could see a picture on a wall. That is quite a contrast isn't it? Unfortunately, employers as well as the general public possess very little understanding about vision loss or how to interact with a person who has vision loss. I am thankful that the National Accreditation Council and its accredited members strive to advocate and serve those with vision loss. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Tracy Williams

Spectrios Institute for Low Vision

Term: Jan 2000 - Dec 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?