September 2008

ADA Meeting - September 30, 2008


Members Present(X):






John Baxter


Mei Li Kwong


Amy Bones


Laura Mann


Jeff Branstetter


Amy Matthews


Lee Budesheim


Valerie Nelson


Roselyn Cerutis


Mark Panning


Kathryn Clark


Wade Pearson


Katherine Hatfield


Lennis Pederson


Jim Howell-Burke


John Pierce


Andrea Jahn


Rich Rossi


Stephanie Kokesh


Jessica Royal


Minutes: Minutes from August 26, 2008 were approved by Wade Pearson and seconded by Jeff Branstetter.


Amy Matthews reviewed the program for Discovery Day to be held on October 3, 2008.


Valerie Nelson made the Committee aware of a SEN activity known as "Scavenger Hunt on Wheels". This event will be on October 29th at 5:00 pm.


Amy Bones handed out an article about the new Federal Legislation. The bill, approved by both House of Congress has been signed by the President. While the full extent of the law is not known there is concern that definition in the scope of what disability is covered and what will be a reasonable accommodation. There are clear exemptions form the ADA coverage such as wearing corrective lenses. The handout presented by Amy is scanned as an attachment to these minutes.


Wade Pearson told the Committee that the Penn State program for on-line training was too elementary and should not be pursued further. It was agreed that Mark would load the software from Utah State on to a server so the Committee could "Creightonize" the presentation.


The grants writing task force continues to search for grants. Wade reported that the possible grants from Mitsubishi were either past due for a request or not germane to Creighton's size and geographical confines. The grants were for more of a nation-wide scope of impact and were project specific. Mark is planning to draft Roselyn into the working group because of her grant resource information.


Lennis solicited help from the Committee wanting to participate in writing the report to the Academic Council for its annual update. The tentative schedule is Jan,'09, for the presentation.


Jeff Branstetter talked about ideas for training members of the ADA Committee. New legislation will direct new ways of compliance, for example - there is also the need to educate ourselves about existing University policy and procedures. The committee may also visit or conference call near by public and private institutions. Jeff will draft 3 or 4 committee members to help him prepare a survey to several campuses to learn what the trends in ADA compliance at the institutions are. The program could also be updated by local architects.


Jeff was asked to develop a program that can be used from year to year. The handout that Jeff used for talking points at the meeting is attached to the cover message with these minutes.


Lennis informed the group about Facilities Management completing the installation of shower grab bars ion an Opus Hall shower stall to accommodate a person that had recent surgery and needed temporary assistance. Lennis also updated the Committee on the progress of the project to install automatic door openers on the doors to the public restrooms on 2nd and 4th floor of the Harper Center.


The Committee reviewed the section in the Faculty Handbook and University Statutes and gave Lennis comments to forward relative the ADA section in the booklet.


Meeting adjourned at 11:55 am.


The next meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2008 in the Swanson Hall South Conference Room.