April 2011

ADA Meeting - April 27, 2011

Members Present(X):
XJohn BaxterFran Minear
XAmy BonesXMark Panning
XJeff BranstetterKalani Parker
Julie CarlsonXWade Pearson
XDeborah DaleyXLennis Pederson
Beverly DoyleXJohn Pierce
XMichelle FerestadXAnne Schoening
Katherine HatfieldStephanie Tufano
Teri Hoppe
XAmy Matthews
Guests: Ann McHale

Minutes: The minutes from the March 23, 2011 meeting, were approved by Jeff Branstetter and seconded by Deb Daley.

The Committee asked Lennis to send a message to the members encouraging attendance.

Michelle Ferestad was asked to draft others on the Committee to assist her in finding the schedule for meetings that would be more convenient to increase attendance. The meeting schedule established now will remain in place until Michelle has any opportunity to make a recommendation.

Amy Bones presented two scenarios about faculty/student interactions to meet student requests for accommodations. It is noted that the accommodation need not be granted if it is distracting for other students and if other accommodations can be made.

Deb Daley reviewed the draft of the ADA Committee briefing book being prepared for Fr. Lannon. She requested that members give her digital photos of them helves for the book. Deb is including links to information. She is asking for statistical data to include. Deb intends to have the final draft available at the May meeting.

John Pierce spoke about the availability of numerous on-line training packages. He handed out information available through the U.S. Department of Justice and from the State of Indiana. Members are asked to review the sites. John was asked to form a start-up team that could adapt the on-line training programs to be Creighton specific. The program may be multi-focused aimed at several factions such as new employees, managers, and supervisors, faculty, all employees, and possible students. The training may become part of the mandatory diversity training program.

Amy Matthews reported she is working on here project of identifying themes within the most recent survey results. A report from Amy may be available at the May meeting.

The Committee reviewed the actions of the recent awareness day. The interactive activity by SEN was well attended. Having the SEN Discovery Day on the mall near WAC (Wednesday After Class) added to its success. Poster on the mall for a passive look at ADA and the theme of Aspergers Disease worked well. People were observed reading the posters as they waited in line for other activities. The keynote address about Autism presented by the Autism Action Partnership was fact-filled. Having the movie Temple Grandin as an option was a good way to cause thought about ADA and potentially inspire people in the audienc3e to become involved in sharing the message about the ADA.

The Committee began discussion about future opportunities to make people more aware of the ADA. Conversations included comments about shorter messages delivered at 10-15 presentations at departmental staff meetings. There is also a possibility for becoming part of the program for the continuing education credits.

Deb Daley was asked to lead a program team with will present at the June 9th meeting of the Staff Advisory Council. The goal is to extend awareness of the ADA and actions by the Committee.

Mark Panning did not have an update on the status of the grant application sent to Blackboard.

The meeting adjourned at 12:07 pm.

The next meeting is on May 25, 2011 at 11:00 am in Dowling Hall room #1 and will include a building tour