CfDC Minutes — March 5, 2014

Reminder: Council meetings are now held in a new location: Room 0205 LSA Building.

Attending: Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (serving as chair in the absence of Jack Bernard); Gerald Hoff; Margaret Goebel with Service Dog Brice; Janet Keller; Sue Wortman; Karen Schmidt; Debra Hire; Patty McTigue; Sally Hart Petersen; Melanie Nau; Mary Reilly; Bob Fraser; Jill A. Rice; Erin Lauridsen; Wendy Dolen; Darlene Nichols; Christa Moran; Lloyd Shelton.


Sally announced that there would be closed captions for the meetings of the AA Commission on Disability Issues (and then on to captions for the AA City Council?).

Lloyd described the Universal Access Playground to be constructed at Gallup Park (input from community desired; please send to Sally or Lloyd).

Lloyd reported that the Students with Disabilities Group is planning a panel discussion on April 9th in the SSW ECC Room. More information to follow.

Sally reported that she is working on having financial/physical hardship be taken into consideration by Community Standards ticketing for ice/snow on walks. There will be a public hearing about this with goal of making Ann Arbor "a walkable city in every weather."

Bob announced that he has been nominated as secretary for SACUA. Also that Mardigian Library (Dearborn) is looking for strategies with goal of increasing accessibility; feedback requested; Jane will be visiting to assist with accessibility issues. 1980 library needs updates.

Melanie announced that she has concluded a course of ADHD leaders in policy training by the Michigan Developmental Disorders Council. She will send information on an Autistic Self Efficacy Course; she also described an ADHD group in Ann Arbor that has presentations and provides support.

Anna reported that Investing in Ability is in planning stages with theme ADDICTION AS DISABILITY. MHealthy will take part in tobacco and alcohol cessation part of program.

Requests for feedback by MHealthy Representatives Wendy and Karen:

  • How can MHealthy best support people with disabilities on all campuses?
  • What barriers exist for people with physical challenges?
  • Which healthy living resources are desirable for individuals with disabilities?
  • What other programs are needed?

Discussion and feedback ensued: Need for interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing; phrase about accommodation availability should be on all flyers and online programs; gentle/seated exercises; costs for clothing and equipment; adequate space for exercising; modification of classes without necessity to disclose hidden disabilities; accessibility in venue and on way to class or program; online webinars very successful; sorely need interactive accessibility map on campus; classes and programs possibly held in community--at CIL or IceCube or public schools; mindful meditation; yoga/tai chi.

Please address any questions or requests for further details to Anna (schnitzr at

Thanks, everybody, for your contributions to the meeting!