CfDC Minutes — September 10, 2014

Attending: Jack Bernard, Chair; Jen Gossett (welcome, Jen!); Bob Fraser; Margaret Goebel; Janet Keller; Jamie Mayo; Sue Wortman; Jenny Bandyk; Tracy Wright; Christa Moran; Stuart Segal; Kate Sechler (welcome, Kate!); Lisa Clark; Jane Vincent; Erin Lauridsen (and Kendall, the service dog); Randy Johnson; Joan E. Smith; Melanie Nau;  Lloyd Shelton; special guest Michelle Meade (welcome and thank you, Michelle!); Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (minutes).

Introductions were made.

Announcements:

Jane: James Knox Adaptive Technology Center will have a rededication and opening on October 23rd from 2:30 to 4:30. Roberta Knox will speak and Jim's brother will be present.  Please come for the rededication and reception on the 2nd floor of Shapiro Library. The space is large and there are quiet areas.

Jenny: ADHD Conference at Oakland Community College on 9/19.  $75 ($20 for students) for an all-day session with experts on the subject. (flyer attached)

Stuart: Reminder about Lloyd's talk on intersection of disability and race on 9/15 at 10 am.  Also reminder of all-day session on October 17 with variety of speakers.  All events celebrating 40 years of SSD; all take place in Graduate Library Gallery; all free; registration: Jill Rice jillric@umich.edu by October 10th

Jen: Speakers on various disability issues (flyer attached) "Knowledge is Key"--a free series starting 9/23 for seniors, people with disabilities and advocates.

Anna: Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman's, will be the first speaker at Investing in Ability.  His talk about employment and hope for those in recovery, will take place at 7 pm on October 1st in the Ann Arbor District Library Main Branch.  Various other educational and interesting events will follow throughout the month, all on the theme of "Is Addiction a Disability" except for the events pertaining to the service and therapy dogs ("Dogs on the Diag" and Animal-Human Bond lecture by Prof. of SSW Kris Siefer and Deb Davis of Paws with a Cause).  Publicity in the form of flyers and email will soon be available.

Presentation:

Dr. Michelle Meade, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology to Optimizing Choice (TIKTOK RERC)" focusing on integrating technology into health care by means of education and games geared toward adolescents and young adults with physical, cognitive and neurodevelopmental differences--with the goal of fostering independence and self-management.  This is a funding program across 5 different UM Schools and includes a practicum for employment and involvement of individuals with disabilities.  When Dr. Meade sends the slides, I shall forward them. 

Other announcements by Dr. Meade: There is also a monthly meeting on Friday on North Campus in the BBB Building.  There is a $10,000 core initiative available for developmental technology to support individuals with disabilities.  The group is working on a website. They will be making announcements via social media.  Webinars are also being planned.  There will be a monthly gaming group for both social and educational purposes.

 

Discussion:

Anna (previously informed by Stuart) explained the situation about the proposed move of the AirRide (bus from AA to Detroit Metro Airport) from the International Arrivals Center to the Ground Transportation Area, which is much less accessible for those with disabilities, seniors, etc.  Consensus was that Jack and Anna should write a letter declaring the Council's support for maintaining the convenient, accessible, less crowded current boarding location.  A letter from Gov. Snyder also supporting the current location was passed around.  "The Michigan Daily revealed that the CSG is also working to maintain the boarding status quo.