CfDC Minutes — July 11, 2017

ATTENDING: Jack Bernard, Lloyd Shelton, Patricia Anderson, Susan Barnes, Janet Keller, Cathy Alice, Kathleen Mozak-Betts, Jim Eng, Martin Warin, Jim Cherney, Randi Johnson, Stephanie Rosen, Bonnie Dede, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Christina Kline, Todd Austin, Jason Apap, Chris Taylor, Brad Eberhoeh (BJ), Diana Woods, Alex Kazarooni, Suzanne Bade (BJ), Taimi Megivern, Renee Saulter, Tracy Wright, Emily Dibble.

Announcements

Cathy Alice: Toastmasters (nonprofit). Location for training on August 18 --looking for venue. 50 people --big main room. 3 break out rooms (20 ea).

Anna: Excellent session on disability and ADA by Christina; she and Stephanie will collaborate on Library session; Christina willing to present other sessions or speak to individuals personally re: disability/accessibility/accommodations.

Description of Joelle Fundaro's Career Clothes Closet for undergraduates (seeking "gently used clothing for interviewing").

Handouts: Center for Independent Living (3 handouts). Ten Tips for Inclusive Meetings. Clothing Drive for the Career Center.

Martin: Lobby for a film documentary for Investing in Ability (UnRest), Trailer, TED Talk, Topic: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

Potential Campus Partners:

  • CfDC
  • Investing in Ability
  • UMINDS
  • ScreenArts
  • School of Art and Design?
  • Women’s studies
  • Already have MICHR and $70 pledged toward $250 showing of film
  • Possible discussion panel
  • Petra Kuppers
  • Film maker

AGENDA

Coordinating accommodations for faculty & staff at U-M
Stephanie Rosen

The Neglected Demographic: Faculty Members With Disabilities By Joseph Grigely JUNE 27, 2017

Most colleges have offices for students with disabilities, but no similar resource for faculty or staff. Are they able to progress through the tenure and promotion process in an equitable fashion?

Story: How this has come up in the library.

Providing access through HathiTrust (Jack described). Collection of digitized works from academic libraries. 14 million volumes now. They were previously inaccessible, but now made available in accessible formats. Ways in which higher ed is now making these available to persons with print disabilities. Everyone at UofM have access to most, students with print disabilities have access to ALL. Now, the new challenge was a faculty member with a print disability who wanted access. There was no office to manage the verification service. This highlighted a gap in service for the faculty. The Library wants to provide appropriate levels of service for EVERYONE on campus. The discovery that faculty and staff may be excluded from certain parts of service because of these gaps in coverage and support for disabilities has been a revelation.

Council advocated for centralized resources for students, but there is no centralized resource for faculty or staff. Who should be involved in creating this type of service?

  • OIE (Christina)
  • Campus HR
  • Academic HR
  • MHealthy (Sue Bade)
  • SSD (Stuart et al.)
  • Michigan Medicine Disability (Clarissa Love / Michelle Meade) -Subcommittee already working on accommodations for employees/hospital patients
  • Work Connections (Lynne Chris?)

Discussion ensued, more robustly than I could capture.

Relevant Resources: Change in Ability to Work (Sue Bade), PDF: Resources, Americans with Disabilities Act Information, Physical Change in Ability to Work.

Jack Bernard on Service Animals: Increase in requests to accommodate service animals on campus. Dramatic, record setting increase. Not so many problems with “service animals” that have been trained for a specific or general purpose, but ESA (Emotional Support Animals) that need no special certification nor training but are allowed in the dorms by Fair Housing Act. Service animals can be only dogs or miniature horses but ESA can be almost any animal from snakes to mongooses. Policies began with service animals for vision impairment, shifted to mobility, the deafness, and now more complex and subtle. New options include epilepsy, diabetes, mental health, dietary needs, comfort animals (PTSD, anxiety disorders, etc.). Department of Justice has given confusing guidance on these issues. DSSHE (disability listserv discussion ongoing re: ESA) Inclusion of service animals is complicated.

Kathy:
Examples: Guide dogs used as guard dogs. Guide dogs used to get attention. Guide dogs used appropriately as guide dogs. People pushing the limits. Need for real limits. For diabetics continuous glucose monitors can be alternatives to alert dogs (this can be debated).

ESA - emotional support animals. Example: bearded dragon, hamster.

Challenges balancing animal phobias and allergies with accommodations for ESAs. Can’t segregate, must integrate.

EMU writing a contract for students with ESA to promise to take responsibility for their animal. Maintenance and well being of the animal. Validation process is a difficult. Who says, “not disabled to this degree.” Have to rely on the medical professionals providing the supporting paperwork. Defining boundaries.

Are only service animals allowed who have been trained for a specific function for a person with a disability? Emotional support animals have no training, no certification. Lots of requests by students to have an ESA.

Analogy: It infuriates us when we see someone takes a wheelchair parking spot because they’re driving their mothers cars.

“I could qualify for a hanging parking sticker for my car because of my disability. I would never do that because I walk fine. I would never take that resource from someone else who really needs it.” As people with disabilities, we are all stewards of the system.

People tend to function better when we have animals around us. People evolved with animals. This makes it difficult.

“That’s okay. I’ll just not use my service animal there.” [Gasp] “I’ll use my crutches instead of my wheelchair.”

Housekeeping Notes re: Council announcements, BlueJeans remote conferencing, and related upcoming information:

Todd, Jason, and Chris will obtain a permanent phone-in number for our remote users

Jim Eng and Patricia working on a calendar for Council, seeking an email address to use. Our thanks to our experts: Todd, Jason and Chris. Our thanks to Patricia for the detailed minutes.

These conversations to be continued in the future.