CfDC Minutes — November 5, 2014

In attendance: Ashley Burnside,Ryan Bartholomew,Alyssa Waineo, Caroline Braden, Jane Berliss Vincent, Erin Lauridsen,Carole Dubritsky,Patricia Anderson,Jim Eng,Sue Bade,Lloyd Shelton,Bob Fraser,Janet Keller,Margaret, Goebel,Sharon Pedersen, Janet Keller,Phil Larson,Stuart Segal,Jill Rice.

Introductions were made.

ParaTransit Services

Presentation from Ryan Bartholomew and Ashley Burnside. Concerning paratranist services. Some of the issues are:

  • Service is late and not timely
  • Students have not been picked up stranded and left to find another way.
  • Staff that mans the phones works from 6AM- 2PM. No one to answer phones after two.
  • No weekend service
  • Paper system and no digital system
  • Info lost between SSD and Paratransit
  • Students only have a three minute window (hard to do with weather and locations)
  • Drivers not calling if they are going to be late.
  • Students being stuck with no way to ride
  • late for tests and quizzes
  • Paratransit provides over 70 rides a day.

The Student Government Campus Accessibility and Disability Affairs Commission would like the Council (Jack to write a letter on CFDC letterhead) in support on solving the issues with paratransit.

They have four bullet points that they would like to see resolved:

  • Paratransit should be given electronic resources to create an online form so that schedules can be more easily managed.
  • Paratransit office should be appropriated more funding for either additional staff to attend to scheduling.
  • Paratransit drivers or staff should be required to call riders prior to departing a pickup location without the student.
  • Paratransit drivers or staff should be required to contact a rider when Paratransit is running more than ten minutes late.

Carole Dubritsky and Stuart Segal are meeting this week with Paratransit hoping to find a resolution for the issues.

It was also suggested that the SACUA be informed of the issues.

The Student Government Campus Accessibility and Disability Affairs Commission is working on other projects for next year.

Phil Larson’s update on Veterans Week 2014

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, remains committed to the highest level of support and educational opportunities for our service members, veterans, spouses and dependents. The veterans and service members living, working, and receiving their education in Ann Arbor are a valued and vital component of our campus community. We recognize and honor their sacrifices and value their life experiences as they broaden the diversity of our staff, faculty, and student body. To honor the sacrifices and service of our veterans and military members, the university is pleased to present 8 days of events and programs. Please join us for these free and open events. View complete schedule »

Wednesday, November 5 to Friday November 8

Navy and Marine Corps. Birthday Run @ Central Campus Diag
Starting 3 pm on 11/5 until 6:30 pm on 11/7
Celebrating 239 years of the Marine Corps. (November 11, 1775) and Navy (October 13, 1775) the Marine Corps. And Navy cadets of U-M will run that amount in miles around the diag starting Wednesday and ending on Friday. Those who are veterans or current service members, especially if you have served in the Marine Corps. or Navy, are encouraged to run. Please stay behind the Cadets! You can always just come out and cheer from the sidelines!

Sunday November 9

6th Annual Army Vs. Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game @ Crisler Arena
Doors open at 5 pm Tip-off is at 6:30 pm
For the 6th Year the University of Michigan will host this exciting FREE event in Crisler Arena. Featuring our Grand Marshall Mike Lantry (a former U-M football player and Vietnam Veteran), U-M Dance team, U-M Cheer team and U-M Basketball team. The 338th Army Band will also perform. The teams are coached by U-M ROTC professionals and played by student veterans, ROTC cadets, Para-Olympians, and other volunteers. It is a exciting game and with Navy wanting to win for the 5th straight time, Army will be fighting hard to break their streak! The event is FREE and very family friendly.

Monday November 10 to November 21

In Her Boots Art Display @ Michigan Union Art Lounge
8 am to 10 pm daily
Women make up 8 percent of the veteran population in the U.S. and their stories are just beginning to be told. From their history in America's past conflicts to their service on the front lines of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Michigan women were asked to paint a pair of combat boots that told the story of their service and sacrifice. These boots are also accompanied by the artists photo and description of their boots.

Monday November 10

Mike Lantry Vietnam Lecture @ Michigan Union Pond Room
3 pm
Mike Lantry journeyed from Oxford, Michigan to the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After Vietnam, Mike returned to Michigan to study at the University of Michigan, play as a walk-on for Bo Schembechler and broke the Michigan record for longest field goal…twice. He was selected by Football News as an All-American in 1973. Mike will speak about his time growing up in Michigan, his service in Vietnam, coming home to be a student veteran, and his time playing football at U-M.

Tuesday November 11 (Veterans Day)

Flag Ceremony @ Central Campus Diag Flagpole
8 am and 5 pm
ROTC starts off Veterans Day with the traditional flag-raising and closes the day with the lowering of the flag.

ROTC at Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital @ Ann Arbor VA Hospital
11 am
The University of Michigan ROTC will be at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital to help the VA celebrate Veterans Day!

UM Student /Staff/Faculty/ Military Service Appreciation Lunch @ Michigan Union Ballroom
11 am to 2 pm
If you have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and you are a staff/faculty or student or the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor please join us at our 7th Annual UM Student/Staff/Faculty Military Service Appreciation Lunch.Tuesday November 11, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm.You must RSVP to attend by filling out this form.

Admiral James W. Houck: National Security and today's military and veterans @ South Hall 0225
11:45 am
Join the Michigan Law Veterans Society (MILVETS) for its first annual Veterans Day Program. This year, MILVETS is proud to present James W. Houck, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired). Admiral Houck graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985 and then served the United States as a Navy JAG officer. His 32-year military career culminated as the 41st Judge Advocate General of the Navy. As the Navy JAG, Admiral Houck was the senior military legal counsel in the Department of the Navy and provided legal counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations. He also led the 1300 attorneys and 1000 support personnel of the worldwide Navy JAG Corps. He now serves as Interim Dean of Penn State Dickinson School of Law, where he has also taught National Security Law and International Law.

LGBT in the Military @ Michigan Union Wolverine Room 4:30 pm “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was the official policy of the U.S. government on lesbians and gays serving in the military from 1994 to 2011. It simultaneously barred discrimination or harassment of closeted gay, lesbian or bisexual service members while at the same time barring openly lesbian, gay or bisexual persons for military service. The nation is now at a point where openly gay, lesbian and bisexual persons can serve in the military. Two panelists will look at what it means to be LGBT in the current military, what discrimination has meant in the past and what the future holds for LGBT service members. It will look at repercussions for both service member and partners in the repeal of DADT.

Wednesday November 12

Student Veteran Panel @ Michigan League Henderson Room
1 pm
A panel of Student Veterans will talk about their journey from military service to being a Wolverine. What are some of the challenges facing student veterans at the U-M, Ann Arbor campus? Come and find out.

Visible and Invisible Wounds of War @ Michigan Union Pond
3:30 pm
A soldier wounded in WWI had a 4% survival rate. Nearly a century later, today's soldiers have a 90% survival rate. The steady progression in survival rates means that more veterans will be living with the costs of injury - sometimes for a lifetime. This discussion looks at combat and the visible and invisible wounds of today's wars and conflicts.

Thursday November 13

Vietnam Veterans Panel @ Michigan Union Pond Room
10 am
The Vietnam War was one of America's longest and farthest reaching conflicts. It sparked demonstrations in the homeland and discussions about the use or military might. Service members returning home, most of the times, did not receive a hero's welcome. Today, a panel of Vietnam Veterans tell their stories about their time in the military, their life before Vietnam and their homecoming. They will discuss how Vietnam continues to have an impact on our society.

The University of Michigan During Vietnam @ Michigan Union Kuenzel Room
1 pm
The University of Michigan was one of the main campus protest sites during the Vietnam War. What was is like to be a student at that time? What was it like to be a student veteran coming to school after serving in Vietnam? There will be both student protesters and student veterans participating in this interesting discussion. View information about the University of Michigan protests during Vietnam »

Friday November 14

Korean War Veterans Panel @ Michigan League Henderson Room
10 am
Called the “Forgotten War” Korea was in between WWII and Vietnam. The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1954 and it claimed over 1.2 million civilian and military lives. Come hear Korean War veterans talk about their experiences and how the Korean War has shaped their lives.


Dr. Neil Alexander workshop on Preventing and Avoiding Falls: Tues Nov. 18, 6:30–8:30pm at WCC Gunder Myran Bldg. Rm 316. Please call 734-214-3890 to RSVP for this FREE workshop. Please see attached press release.

Special “What is the RICC?” meeting Tues. Nov. 18, 2–4pm at PPA, 3810 Packard, Suite 100-B, Ann Arbor. Please call 734-214-3890 for directions or to RSVP.

Opportunity to advocate for affordable, accessible housing:
The Ann Arbor Housing Commission is working to get site plan approval from the Ann Arbor Planning Commission for their Platt Road property. The next Planning Commission meeting is: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7pm in (Ann Arbor City Hall) council chambers.

Carole Dubritsky There is a pilot program that is going on between Pm & R, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Michigan Rehab, UM, and Human Resources. This program will select a number of young adult that are looking for work experiences to see what vocations may be interesting for them. This will target young adults from ages 17–26 year olds that will have 6–12 week practicums or internships.

Patricia Anderson said there is a man looking to purchase robotic legs. Custom rehabs of persons home for people that are disabled. Home remodeling Indiegogo.

Carole Dubritsky Spread the word there is a home that is wheelchair accessible that is going up for sale in the Ann Arbor area. Please email Jennifer Wade to contact the realtor for this home: <jwade at>

Stuart Segal said that the ROTC carried the game football for the game between MSU and UM for Alex’s Great State Race and proceeds were divided up between MSU and UM services for student with Disabilities Offices.

Thank you to Patricia Anderson and Sharon Pederson for helping me with the info for today.