CfDC Minutes — October 2, 2013

Attending: Jack Bernard, Chair; Amy Southwood; ;Margaret Goebel: ;Nyshourn Price: Patricia Anderson; Jane Vincent; Melanie Nau; Sally Hart Petersen; Sue Bade; Mary Reilly; Stuart Segal; Jennu Bandyk; Carolyn grawi; Sarah Blomstedt; Christa Moran; Randi Johnson; Lloyd Shelton; Amanda Pusey; Rachel Antoun; Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Coordinator.

Meeting was called to order and introductions were made around the table.

  • Jack described 2 letters to be sent on behalf of the Council: 1 on pedestrian safety--to the City of AA; the other on the need for sensitivity to disability on the part of the new UM president --to the presidential search committee.
  • Sally reported that the Council is working on modifying the AA car/pedestrian regulations.
  • Carolyn announced the transportation meeting (RTA mailing she had sent out previously).
  • Jenny announced that October is the ADHD month and circulated a flyer about it. There is a talk on ADHD on Oct 25th in Rackham Auditorium.
  • Anna distributed various flyers for Investing in Ability events. She will send others electronically.
  • Jack urged everyone to attend Investing in Ability events and bring friends. He mentioned the Neubacher Award as being a particularly happy occasion.
  • Jane described a meeting with B&F Diversity, a group that wants to include us in its diversity spectrum and work with us on disability topics.
  • Lloyd talked about students who are "in the closet" because they are afraid to reveal their disability because of possible backlash and would rather hide them. Discussion ensued about disability being a key component of diversity.
  • Sue talked about the Guide for Change in Ability to Work (on the website of MHealthy--see below). Discussion ensued about hidden disabilities in faculty, staff as well as students. http://www.hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/occupational/abilitytowork/index.html
  • Sally quoted Lloyd as saying that "disabilities are part of the human experience and not something that only OTHERS have."
  • If we can, we should be role models for disability by stating what invisible disability we have, which is only a small part of each individual's make-up--Christa's contribution.
  • Diff-ability=differences; discussion of calling these disabilities "hidden," which is a negative.
  • In order to receive accommodation, one must disclose a disability. This is a difficult situation for the UM because it cannot ask about the disability if the individual does not want to disclose it. Federal mandate soon to be implemented urges that 7% of employees have a disability, so UM will have to ask about disability as well as other demographic facts.