It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Department for the
Visually Handicapped Blind and Vision Impaired to assist blind persons who are blind and organizations established to aid blind persons who are blind in the sale of goods and articles which that are the product of a blind craftsman's the labor of a person who is blind by providing a means of authenticating the source of such goods and articles and by preventing misrepresentation.
In implementing this policy, this chapter shall govern and form the basis for enforcing the policy under
§ 63.1-167 §§ 51.5-101 through 51.5-105 of the Code of Virginia. Every A person, firm, or organization engaged in the manufacture, sale, or distribution in the Commonwealth of Virginia of any goods or and articles purporting or in any manner represented to have been made by a person who is blind persons shall apply to the Department for the Visually Handicapped Blind and Vision Impaired (department) for registration and permit to use a label or symbol designed or approved by the department to identify such goods and articles as made by blind persons. Every such The application shall be made on forms prescribed by the department and shall disclose fully the identity and address of the applicant ; and include a descriptive list of all goods and articles proposed to be manufactured, sold, or distributed by the applicant as "blind-made" products; and the proposed sale price of each such item. Each made by a person who is blind and that may be labeled as "Made by a person who is blind." The applicant shall furnish any additional information requested by the department Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (department) relevant to compliance by the applicant with the provisions of said statute § 51.5-60 of the Code of Virginia, including a medical eye report documenting that the person making the goods is a blind person as described in § 51.5-60. This documentation shall be retained by the applicant for the duration the applicant wishes to sell the goods and shall be updated the earlier of every two years or when a significant change in the person's vision occurs. Persons who are blind shall perform at least 75% of the labor to produce the product.
The department shall verify, or require verification of, all information submitted by the application; and to this end, may require the applicant to submit samples for examination and may cause its authorized representatives to visit the site of manufacture for inspection.
No organization representing itself as established for the purpose of selling
"blind-made" products made by persons who are blind exclusively shall carry in stock or sell any merchandise which is not made by blind persons where less than 75% of the direct labor to produce the product was performed by persons who are blind and so identified. Any An organization violating this section shall be ineligible for registration and permit under § 63.1-167 §§ 51.5-101 through 51.105 of the Code of Virginia. The registration and permit of any an organization which has been registered and issued a permit under said statute shall be suspended upon a violation of this section, and it may not be revalidated reregistered as long as such violation continues.
No goods or articles made in this Commonwealth or elsewhere may be displayed, advertised, offered for sale, or sold in this Commonwealth upon the representation that
the same they are made by blind persons who are blind unless such goods or articles are identified as such by a label or symbol prescribed or approved by the department Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (department). The "Skilcraft" trademark registered by National Industries for the Blind is acceptable by the department as an approved identification.
All such goods shall be so labeled as to disclose the name of the manufacturer and the place of manufacture. Agencies manufacturing "Skilcraft" products approved by National Industries for the Blind may use the "shop identification code number" assigned by National Industries for the Blind in lieu of the name and address of the manufacturer.
All registrations and permits A registration issued under § 63.1-167 §§ 51.5-101 through 51.5-105 of the Code of Virginia and regulations this chapter shall be valid for one year only, but they it may be renewed upon application in writing made submitted to the department not less than 60 days prior to the its expiration of such year. If an application for registration renewal is not made submitted at least 60 days prior to such expiration, the renewal may be withheld for 60 days following such submission of the application.
Upon receipt of information indicating violation of any of the provisions of
§ 63.1-167 §§ 51.5-101 through 51.5-105 of the Code of Virginia or of this chapter by any a person, firm, or organization registered and issued a permit, the department Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired may suspend such registration and permit after giving such person, firm, or organization an opportunity, upon not less than 10 days' written notice in writing, to show cause why such registration and permit should not be suspended.
Unless and until such suspension is rescinded, the
holder of the permit suspended person, firm, or organization shall desist from the sale or distribution of any goods or and articles made or represented to be made by blind persons who are blind. The use of a permit Using the registration issued pursuant to § 63.1-167 §§ 51.5-101 through 51.5-105 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter as a means of soliciting contribution of money is expressly forbidden. The registration and permit of any person, firm, or organization found to be so soliciting contributions may be suspended by the department Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired for not more than 90 days for an initial offense and indefinitely for a repeated subsequent offense.
Exploitation of the public by
excessive prices, or by indicating or implying that any goods a good or articles are article is being sold on behalf of the department Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, or that the proceeds will shall accrue to blind people persons who are blind, when such it is not the case true, shall be grounds for denying registration and permit. There shall be written The following statement shall appear on the face of every permit a registration issued by the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (department) to a business or organization that is essentially engaged in profit making the following statement: "This is a profit making enterprise."
This chapter shall not apply to a
blind person who is blind who manufactures and sells products of his own labor only, nor to workshops production facilities operated by the department, nor to the manufacturer of products for the Military Resale Program or other U.S. government sales made in accordance with the "Schedule of Blind-made Products" prepared by the General Services Administration, nor to any Lion's Club or other civic organization under a sales contract negotiated with the department for the sale of products manufactured by the workshops operated by the department Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Lions Clubs and other civic organizations engaging in the sale of "blind-made" products not produced by the workshops operated by the department shall comply with § 63.1-167 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter. No distributor of goods at retail shall be required to register and obtain a permit for the sale of "blind-made" products if the manufacturer or wholesale distributor of such products has registered and obtained a permit pursuant to § 63.1-167 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter, and if such products are labeled and identified as required by § 63.1-167 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter.