July 2010

ADA Committee Meeting - July 28, 2010

Members Present(X):
XJohn BaxterXFran Minear
XAmy BonesMadan Nirmalraj
XJeff BranstetterXMark Panning
Lee BudesheimKalani Parker
XDeborah DaleyWade Pearson
Beverly BoyleXLennis Pederson
Michelle FerestadXJohn Pierce
Katherine HatfieldAnne Schoening
Teri HoppeStephanie Tufano
Amy Matthews

Meeting times for next semester were discussed. It was agreed that Lennis should ask for a time that would work for most. Tuesdays are preferred by several.

Mark Panning told the group that he is meeting with Joy Doll and Wade Pearson to develop a grant application. Deb McAtee will work with the sub committee as a resource person. The grant request is expected to be written around a program focusing on accessibility and how software hand electronic hardware can aid in training, compliance, and education.

Jeff Branstetter informed the Committee that Human Resources has purchased an on-line training program from BLR. The training has modules about ADA. Jeff did not say when the program will be available.

Mark panning told the Committee that DoIT has acquired software that captures audio lectures. The voice is transcribed in real time to text and made available to students on computer screens. The software is being tested and may be put into service for the Fall 2010 semester.

The Committee discussed the recent tour of the California Mall from 21st street to the fountain by St. Johnís Church. It is a familiar area so observations were few.

Future tours were discussed. The desire is to have four tours or inspections a year. The tours will be part of an extended meeting. The plan is to convene a longer meeting in a conference room found within the area being toured.

Wade Pearson alerted the Committee to returning students with needs. The two quadriplegic students from last year will be returning. Wade said there is an increasing number of students with physical accommodation needs arriving to campus this Fall. A majority of the new students have hearing deficit.

The Committee discussed activates to expand awareness of the ADA during the Fall semester. It was agreed that sessions planned should only be an hour long, through the lunch hour so more guests would be inclined to attend. It is also though that the ADA events could also be teamed up with other campus committee programs that have like messages. There will be more discussion about activities at future meetings.

The meeting adjourned at 11:53 am.

The next meeting will be on August 25, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Swanson Hall south conference room.