CfDC Minutes — February 4, 2015

Attending: Jack Bernard (Chair); Linda Diane Feldt (Invited Guest); Seong-Hee Yoon; Jill Rice; Bob Fraser; Tracy Wright; Donna Ominchinski; PF Anderson; Randi Johnson; Erin Elly; Sue Bade; James Rowen (Invited Guest); Ned Kirsch (Invited Guest); Bonnie Dede; Susan Barnes; Jim Eng; Janet Keller; Sally Petersen; Phil Larsen; Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (Coordinator).


Anna announced that the theme of this year’s October Investing in Ability series is stereotyping and stigmatizing. Volunteers to help with events are welcome.


The first topic was Air Ride/Michigan Flyer and how to give feedback to try again to change the current boarding area (a very distant/cold/polluted locale) back to the original boarding site at the International Arrivals (indoor warmth, bench to sit on while awaiting bus with convenient access to restrooms/elevators and no polluted air).


  1. Dr. Frisch of the UM Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation described in detail the “Bridge to Work Project: A Work-Trial Pilot Program for Young Adults with Pediatric Onset Disabilities.” He told of the program structure, the purpose, and research perspectives. He listed the connections and collaborative efforts that he and his colleagues had made and what they were planning to do in the future as the pilot program expanded.
  2. Linda Diane Feldt, Chair of the Ann Arbor Pedestrian Safety Committee, provided the status of the work being done by the Committee with respect to collecting information and making recommendations, emphasizing transparency of the process. Members of the Council then provided feedback to the Committee via Linda. Discussion took place about AAATA bus stops being unusable because of piled-up snow, problems with sidewalk gaps, and crosswalks. City and UM police must follow different regulations in some cases (local vs State laws). Flashing yellow vs red lights and their respective values were discussed. Inconsistency and ambiguity of rules were emphasized. As far as disabilities are concerned, one must take into account cognitive and invisible disabilities when dealing with pedestrian safety of crossing streets. Diane was particularly interested in the topic of how people with disabilities cross the street. Discussion continued about not penalizing folks who cannot shovel their walks (“aging in place”). Individuals can report problems via “A2 Fix It” on the AA City Site. Community Standards will respond to these problems.