CfDC Minutes — April 1, 2015

In attendance: Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (serving as Chair and Scribe) Tony Pinnell, Donna Omichinski, Philip Grecco, Jane Vincent, Carole Dubritsky, PF Anderson, Jim Eng, Jessica Klenk, Laura White, Kathy Christensen, Michele Danilowicz, Sally Petersen, Janet Keller, Beth Manuel, Bonnie Dede, Seong-Hee Yoon, Gerald, Hoff, Susan Barnes, Lloyd Shelton, Nazarena, Austin, Laurel, Dan.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Jane introduced the problem about functions at Literati Bookstore not being accessible to all. She will continue this discussion by email, and she also will address the issue of the Michigan Flyer/Air Ride.
  • Tony discussed the Pedestrian Safety Task Force ordnance about snow removal—whether to clear to bare sidewalk or possibility to leave an inch without penalty. Individuals with disabilities have difficult time traveling on snow/icy sidewalks. He has sent a detailed letter to our members on this topic.
  • Sally reported on the process of the Task Force, explaining the current status of the resolution. She also informed our group that the officers of the Ann Arbor Police Department will receive training on autism awareness.
  • Janet broached the subject
  • of “light up blue” for autism awareness (controversial topic because not all autism groups are aligned with Autism Speaks and since this is their project, Patricia will follow up with further information).

PRESENTATION

BY FOUR TEACHER CONSULTANTS AND TWO STUDENTS—FROM WASHTENAW INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT (WISD), UNIT ON VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

Laura White and her colleagues presented a PowerPoint session on statistics, collaborative partners, testing, goals and plans. They described assessments, specialized instruction, adaptive technology, orientation/mobility, vocational/career skills, learning social skills and achieving independent living. Advocacy is another very important feature of their instruction. This is a general summary but for those interested, there may be more specific information forthcoming from Patricia.