CfDC Minutes — February 1, 2012

MEMBERS ATTENDING: Jack Bernard, Chair; Stuart Segal, Adena Rottensten; Nyshourn Price; Paul Guttman; Carolyn Grawi; Melanie Nau; Els Nieuwenhuisen; Tracy Wright: Bob Meyer; Susan Bourrie; Sue Bade; Jane Berliss-Vincent; Heidi Koester (Special Guest/Presenter)--thanks very much, Heidi!; Jill Rice; Christa Moran; Anna Clements; Ryan Christman; Patricia Anderson—thanks, Patricia, for your assistance with links for these minutes; Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (minutes)

INTRODUCTIONS: The meeting was called to order by Chair Jack Bernard and introductions were made around the table.


Bob Meyer described the Bowlapalooza, a fun fund-raising event for the National Kidney Foundation (please see flyer attached).

Anna Clements explained the situation about the Human Rights Conference and asked for input and ideas from Council members. For questions/input, please contact: <asiobhan at>

Ryan Christman alerted the Council about his new position on the $425K Kessler Foundation to University to Hawaii grant which is called EmployAble Study and which will use Second Life as a platform to provide training, networking, mentoring, and employment resources for people with disabilities and employers. Ryan will work with the group targeting Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. This is the first center of its kind and will serve as a model for future centers. Please see: for details. Ryan’s contact information is: <rchristman17 at>

Stuart Segal announced the retirement of Donna Hanson, who has worked in the SSD office for many years and to whom the Council wishes a long and happy retirement. Anna and/or Jack will accept donations for a little gift for Donna.

Anna Ercoli Schnitzer sought volunteers for Investing in Ability Committee-IA (meets alternate Wednesdays, as needed, for one hour at 11:30 am). Jack confirmed the need for new members for IA. Also announced was the preliminary University Hospital excursion to check out accessibility (Christa, Carolyn, Anna). Contact: <schnitzr at>

Also reported the fact that two visually-impaired students from WISD are entering UM, thanks to the encouragement of several UM students who are SSD connected.

And advertised the upcoming UMInDS Symposium with a great program to be held on the afternoon of 2/2 at the Duderstadt Center (where several Council members are presenting posters). This is a good occasion to put disability on the map for faculty members, and we hope for a grand turnout (program attached).

Adena Rottenstein announced her brown bag (today at noon in East Hall, room 3038) on attitudes toward disabilities (both by those who have them and those who don’t).

Also, Allies for Disabilities on February 15th will be about cross-cultural awareness.

Also, on March 29th there will be an academic conference on disabilities which will be a “big, beautiful, bold” event with lots of activism as far as awareness is concerned with a flashmob dancing in the Diag and everyone wearing t-shirts promoting the day.

Also, on April 5th, the Spectrum Center will collaborate on “invisible” disabilities possibly being analogous to gay/lesbian “coming out” issues. Questions/suggestions to: <adena at>

Sue Bade suggested that we use the term “invisible” or “nonobvious” disabilities, rather than “hidden” disabilities, which may seem to stigmatize. A questions was raised about the possibility of having HR help publicize Adena’s Allies’s events. Anna will check with Matt to see whether this might be possible.


Heidi Koester who is employed by UM and also is president of Koester Performance Research; provided a PowerPoint presentation on the software she works on as a rehabilitation engineer: the keyboard wizard, the pointing wizard and compass software. (Features include sticky keys, doubleclicking time/distance, pointer speed, object size) These are built in settings to accommodate specific users as to spacing/timing of keys. There are also recommendations made online that a person can work through on his/her own. The results are clear evidence associated with the individual’s typing needs. Software is usable on Windows right now, maybe on Mac in the future. There was input and there were some questions from Council members after the presentation. Please contact Heidi with any questions: <hhk at> or <hhk at>

HELPFUL LINKS RE: PRESENTATION (thanks to Patricia for providing these)

Heidi Koester

Richard Simpson Heidi Horstmann Koester and Edmund LoPresti. Research
in computer access assessment and intervention.
Phys Med Rehabil Clin
N Am. 2010 February; 21(1): 15—32. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2009.07.006

Heidi Koester, Jennifer Mankowski, Edmund LoPresti, Glen Ashlock, Richard Simpson
Software wizards for keyboard and mouse settings: Usability for end users (PDF)

CSUN 2011 Submission
Title: Better Computer Access Solutions with Compass Software and KPR Wizards
Author/Presenter: Heidi Koester, Ph.D.
Company: Koester Performance Research