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Re: “Trevino stepping down as leader of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

This is an opportunity for Governor Beebe to do the right thing and return the agency to some sanity by opening up this position competitively for people who are qualified to lead this agency. The idea that a political appointee can step into these top level administrative positions and be effective is illogical. There are a few exceptions where appointees are actually qualified to lead a specific agency (e.g. Cissy Rucker), but in many cases they have absolutely no background in the area that they are appointed to lead! Arkansas used to be a leader nationally in the rehabilitation profession--especially in terms of the services provided to deaf and hard of hearing people--and now the agency is viewed by other states as not even on the same page.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by justan on 09/14/2012 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Legislature grazes surface of state favoritism

Crony-ism and bad choices in hiring are only part of the story. He and Trevino are in roles where they should be standing up for inclusion and the rights of disabled people instead of using their positions to marginalize them further. Hiring someone who does not sign well enough to understand a basic video to be an interpreter sends a clear message about the importance he places on American Sign Language. That is oppressive no matter how you spin it. He is using his power to oppress the Deaf Community.

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Posted by justan on 07/19/2012 at 9:04 AM

Re: “State interpreter unqualified, report says

In an ideal world, we would not need an agency like ARS. People with disabilities would be given equal opportunities. Members of society would not make assumptions about someone's ability based on a disability. That is not the world we live in…yet. Until we get there, we rely on agencies like ARS to pave the way and create opportunities…to educate us, to be models.

This egregious behavior represents a colossal failure of the administration of this agency to do that. If they will disregard the needs of the Deaf Community with a wink and a handshake, it makes one wonder what other decisions might they be making? Do they have the interests of people with disabilities as a top priority? Or is the priority politics and personal advancement?

This agency and others like it should not be led by politicians but by people who have earned those positions, by people who "get" what the agency is about. I find it ironic that the most critical positions in state agencies do not require a competitive process. Those who are appointed often (though there are exceptions) have no experience whatsoever that is relevant to the work of the particular agency.

I believe that there would be much less corruption if hiring decisions for top level administrators were made by search committees instead of politicians.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by justan on 06/28/2012 at 7:05 PM


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