CfDC Minutes — September 1, 2004

Present: Jack Bernard, Doug White, Marcy Epstein (welcome, Marcy!), Wallace Genser, Els Nieuwenhuijsen, Samir Karim, Mike Myatt, Joan E. Smith (come back and visit us, Joanie, often!), Barb Chaffer Authier (welcome, Barb!), Jayne London, Anne Chi, Mike Chmura, Jim Knox, Mike Duvendeck, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (minutes).

Jack Bernard opened the meeting, stating that with the advent of Tony Walesby as head of the Office of Institutional Equity and with Carole Dubritsky as our new ADA Coordinator, we are on a positive path and intend to soon bring ourselves to the attention of the Provost and the President. Also, Investing in Abilities will begin next month, so this is an exciting time.

The Council members introduced themselves to the new members, Barb and Nancy who were warmly welcomed. Joanie announced that she would be retiring (party on Sept 30th in the afternoon--reminder will be sent later), but Jack emphasized that there is always a chair here at the Council for Joanie and she should come by often.

Jim Knox showed a University of Washington video on disabilities in the classroom. Discussion followed as to whether we could use this type of medium as a streaming video on flat panel television, perhaps in Haven Hall. Should we also use Pat McCune's video? Is it better to have UM-produced video? We could make copies at GroundWorks at Media Union. Joanie mentioned a 15 minute video created about deaf students, which could be used when ready. Perhaps UMinDS could sponsor in conjunction with a communication seminar, at some point? UM's depression video could also be used. Possibly CRLT production could be video-taped and shown? Jack mentioned that in Washington State there is government support via IDEA law.

Joan discussed the showing of "Liebe Perla" at the Michigan Theater on October 28th, mentioning that its author would be present and that we could show movies all day for our $500 charge. We have a little time left for advertising this film festival (Shelly? Doug? as volunteers to help do this). Els will check with Tobin to see if UMinDS can co-sponsor, or perhaps Rackham. Other title possibilities mentioned: "When Billy Broke His Head."

The audience will be both targeted and general. Perhaps "Hour" magazine can include. Listing in "Ann Arbor Observer" if we can make time line and get their attention to include this event.

Jack temporarily tabled the CfDC Strategic Plan discussion, although at the end of the meeting he returned to it and explained that we should all pick a project to do individually and to use the group expertise and meeting momentum to make it happen, bringing our own ideas and energy to bear on whatever project we select. Jack hopes to have the syllabus language introduced into the faculty handbook and to have the language approved by SACUA. Then, he plans to find out about the Athletic Department's ideas on what they can do for those with disabilities, and he plans to invite representatives to speak to Council.

Anna mentioned that there is very little congruity between any dates that Council members suggested as the best days/times to meet. Maybe we can try staggering days?

Jack spoke about taking an online course on mental disability through NY Law School, sponsored by the Gen'l Counsel's Office and by Anthony's Walesby's office. He also mentioned attempting to institute a disability law course at UM's Law School and will talk to the Associate Dean further about it. It was suggested that he contact the Michigan Bar (Disabled Lawyers Group?) for more support of this idea. The Supreme Court deals with the issue at least once a year, so there should be interest. Also, the course would be open to all students, Jack said, but we still have to build a core of critical mass interested in disability issues.

Doug mentioned the Texas GOP platform stating that ADA rights do not apply to homosexuals.

Marcy would like to be put in touch with individuals at the Medical School to work on disability issues pertaining to the medical and nonmedical models, etc. Her e-mail is: mxfx

All AATA buses now accept UM ID's as passes and transportation mechanisms for those with disabilities has improved.

Samir was part of a UMHS forecast group for the next 20 years and said that there will be special ADA funding support.

The next meeting will be October 6th. See you then!