CfDC Minutes — June 3, 2015

In attendance: Jack Bernard (Chair); Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (Coordinator); Brandon Werner; Jane Vincent; Joan E. Smith; Bonnie Dede; Patricia F. Anderson; Bob Fraser; Jill A. Rice; Ariel Britt (welcome!); Paige Cederna (welcome!): Sara Adas (welcome!); Donna Omichinski; Sharon Pedersen: Russell Ellis (welcome!); Els Nieuwenhuijsen; Carole Dubritsky; Janet Keller; Susan Barnes; Jim Eng; P. Larson; Seong-Hee Yoon; Tracy Wright; Sally Hart Petersen.



Sharon (Partners in Personal Assistance) and Bob (Dearborn's celebration of ADA) distributed flyers.

Els provided information on hearing loss and distress over noise levels.***(see below) Sound ordinance discussed.

Janet described holes in sidewalk posing danger to visually impaired. (clickfix app mentioned).

Sally is running for City Council, Ward 2, is strong advocate for disability.

Jane introduced a discussion on accessibility (Literati Book Store; Salads Up) mentioning both new and existing construction plus UM sanctioning events in inaccessible venues. Should there be informal or more formal review of basics (bathrooms/doors)? Who enforces (federal/state/city--if ordinance instituted). to report violations. Can also track issues.

Report a Problem: A2 Fix It

Now you can report non-emergency, non-urgent problems to the City of Ann Arbor from your smartphone, tablet, or computer, thanks to A2 Fix It.

Discussion: We should have Twitter account for Council to raise consciousness, spread word. Does raising awareness about accessibility issues eventually provide more patrons and thus more income?

Map—desirable to indicate when/where construction is occurring on campus. Have interactive campus map now but it is not dynamic. Group may be forming to improve map. (see below)

Talking Points—for individuals who are visually impaired (Jim Knox had produced beta version). A central repository of building descriptions would be helpful.

Sally reported on AAPD workshops on disability, including autism; training may be expanded to other surrounding law units, working with Carolyn Grawi of CIL. Either 30 minutes, 3 hour, or 40 hour sessions.AAPD officers will carry cards with information about local disability resources. Also good for neuro-atypical individuals. Video about encounters with police by Maitlin »

Discussion of aspects of Google inaccessibility (to be continued).

Adapting to Hearing Loss

(from Els)

On June 21 at 11:30 am –1:00 pm, Allan Feldt, professor emeritus U-M Urban and Regional Planning will present on “Adapting to Hearing Loss.” His talk promises to be both informative and entertaining. Professor Feldt draws on his 15 years of research triggered by his own increasing hearing loss. He will offer many insights and technical assistance suggestions.

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (UUAA), Fahs Chapel, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, located on the SE corner of Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. and Ellsworth Rd.

This presentation is sponsored by the UUAA Accessibility Team and the Pastoral Care Education Team. For further information please contact Els Nieuwenhuijsen >Elsni at comcast dot net< Els R. Nieuwenhuijsen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Pilot test Coordinator,
UUA EqUUal Access Accessibility and Inclusion (AIM) Ministry Certificate Program
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI
Tel (734) 995-1817

From Jim Eng after the meeting:

After the CfDC meeting today, we had a brief discussion about what might be needed to start a new project to map access in Ann Arbor and on campus. I want to continue that discussion, so I am sending this email to connect with a few people on this subject.

Patricia suggested there may be existing software that meets the needs, and she mentioned that some people at the School of Information have worked on this in the past.

Feel free to respond to all and to include others. If we decide this is a good time to pursue this, I will set up an email discussion list to make it easier to ensure that emails reach everyone involved.