NovemberDecember 2006

ADA Meeting - December 7, 2006


Members Present: John Baxter, Jeffery Branstetter, Amy Bones, Barb Brock,

Kathryn Clark, Laura Mann, George McNary, Mark Panning, Lennis Pederson, Stacy Peitz, John Pierce, Rich Rossi


Unable to Attend: Roselyn Cerutis, Jim Howell-Burke, Andrea Jahn, Georgian Lee,

Amy Matthews, Wade Pearson ,Lennis Pederson


Minutes: Approval of the October 27, 2006 minutes by George McNary and seconded by Barb Brock


Discussion of the benefits fair: It was mentioned by Mr. Branstetter that they were seeking a much larger room in the hospital for next year. Other vendors also had problems. If we are back in that room then ADA should have a corner table in the front so it is accessible to all. The committee liked the brochure and would like to get more printed. Also mentioned that next year the use of interactive devices and a laptop to demonstrate the web site would be helpful. Also the Board should be updated to include ADA issues besides just physical access to buildings.


Self identification form: John Piece and Laura Mann presented the form again. A discussion on how it was to be distributed was initiated. The committee asked if it could be added to the benefits package. Mr. Branstetter stated that he is trying to decrease the amount of material in the packet now because things are missed. He worries that information overload would prevent many from using it.


It was asked if the form would be a multi-part form or just one page. Mr. Pierce stated that it could be either. However if it was a multi-part form it would be harder to put on the web site. The committee agreed to have Amy Bones review it one more time and then the committee could work on how it can be distributed effectively. But all agreed that it should be located on the web site.


Other ides to get it out to people were send it to everyone, Makes sure managers know about the form and were it is located, give to new employees. It was agreed we should have training for managers about the forms and other ADA issues much like the Harassment training. Possibly a mass e-mailing.


Jeff Branstetter stated that what really needs to happen is for us to identify who really needs the information and then get it directly to them. We should look at the survey that was completed last year for a better idea of what we really need to be doing with the information we have to get out. One thing was mentioned here and that was if we should consider changing the name of the committee to something like Disability Awareness Committee.


All agreed that the Deans and the directors etc. should get the forms and explanation as is at this level that the money will be spent when it is needed.


Ticket to work program: Mark will add a link to ADA website so people can find it.


Red Dawgs: Very hard to get on Men's list of half time shows. They like to have several and the Red Dawgs tend to take up most of the half time period.


Maybe have the men's team or other athletic teams play Red Dawgs during a women's team half time event. Open times during the last two games for the women.


Comments about Academic Council presentation: It was stated that during the Academic Council presentation by Lennis there were no questions from the Council.


Meeting adjourned.


Next meeting - January 25, 2007, 9:30 A.M. Swanson Hall Tech. Room.