Daniel B. Frye, J.D.
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Daniel Frye became the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI or Commission) on October 21, 2013. In this capacity he is responsible for the overall administration and operations of the Commission, the statewide government agency charged with providing education, vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and eye-health services for the estimated 290,000 residents of the state, who are blind, vision impaired, or deaf-blind.
By way of professional affiliation, Mr. Frye is President Elect of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB), the professional organization of blindness-specific Vocational Rehabilitation agencies throughout the country; he will become President of this membership organization in January 2018. Prior to his election as President Elect of NCSAB, he served as chairman of the NCSAB Randolph-Sheppard Committee. On behalf of NCSAB, Mr. Frye is also a member of the National Advisory Board to the National Federation of the Blind Entrepreneurial Initiative.
Prior to his appointment at the Commission, Mr. Frye worked for the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education, where he managed the Federal Randolph-Sheppard program and served as the National Program Officer for the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC).
From September 2005 to July 2010, Mr. Frye served in successive management positions on the national staff of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB or Federation), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights/consumer organization of blind people. Initially, Mr. Frye functioned as Manager of Affiliate Action—Advocacy and Training, where he was responsible for aspects of membership development; Vocational Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Social Security training; and other policy consulting for the Federation. Subsequently, Mr. Frye served as Associate Editor then Editor of the Braille Monitor, the Federation’s general-purpose, monthly publication, with a national circulation of approximately 30,000. From 2002 to 2005, he served as National Advocate for the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand, responsible for managing the legislative and political programs of this grassroots civil rights organization of blind people. He began his career as a service representative and union advocate with the Social Security Administration in Auburn, Washington.
Mr. Frye earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington, School of Law, and his BA in History and Government at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. Mr. Frye is a certified mediator. He has authored several book-length publications and numerous articles, most of these dealing with different aspects of blindness. In 2007, Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Mr. Frye to serve on the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council, the state entity responsible for oversight of the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services in the Maryland Department of Education. Mr. Frye served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of this council from 2009 until his resignation in October 2013.
Mr. Frye is married to Renee West and currently resides in Newark, New Jersey.
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