CfDC Minutes — May 2, 2017

Attending: Jack Bernard (Chair); Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (Coordinator) Gerald Hoff, Joan E. Smith, Renee Saulter, Natalie Chen, Els Nieuwenhuijsen, Brendon Werner, Bonnie Dede, Jane Vincent, Tracy Wright, Christina Kline, Cathy-Alice, Mina Ajam, Matt Holliday, Natalie Nordby Chen, Pam Heatlie, Carolyn Grawi, Jim Eng, Dianna Woods, Ben Howell, Sharon Pedersen,

Introductions were made all around.


Jane: Election Day; Carolyn: CIL coming events (universally accessible park inauguration on 9/17); Anna: City Commission on Disability issues has openings; Gerald's successful Army-Navy Wheelchair Game held at Saline High School with over 2000 students as spectators and Detroit Diehards playing, plus ROTC presence; Texas Library Association Panel in San Antonio on accessibility in libraries successful; Natalie: First annual colloquium on Accessibility and Adventure at Ferris State on Oct 7th and description of Abroad with Disabilities; Ben looking for subjects for online usability studies, will send message to groups and afterwards will provide screencast about results of web accessibility; Sharon passed around flyers about caregivers sought for Partners in Personal Assistance; Christina on DoJ ruling about onus on accommodations/lawsuit; new ADA bill could harm protections (REDF)

Enthusiastic welcome to Pam Heatlie as the new Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX Coordinator.

Suggestion: When Cathy-Alice has a definite date for her comedy show, she should make sure to invite Council members.


Lively conversation re: whether we should keep our Council name, change, or tweak it. Disability issues now entering realm of diversity in so many ways. Focus used to be on gender and race primarily with narrow interpretation of diversity. Interpretations of words, changes in terminology and preferred usage. Should “disability” be used or a work-around? Informal consensus to keep Council name as is.

Finale: Possibility of having to move Council meeting day or place—please stay flexible and communication will follow, if necessary. [Ed. note: Our meetings are now held on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00 noon in the Regents’ Conference Room on the first floor of the Fleming Administration Building.]