January 2011

ADA Meeting - January 26, 2011

Members Present(X):
XJohn BaxterXFran Minear
XAmy BonesXMark Panning
XJeff BranstetterKalani Parker
XJulie CarlsonWade Pearson
Deborah DaleyXLennis Pederson
Beverly DoyleJohn Pierce
XMichelle FerestadAnne Schoening
Katherine HatfieldStephanie Tufano
Teri Hoppe
XAmy Matthews
Guests: Ann McHale

Minutes: Minutes from November 24, 2010 meeting were approved as amended by Amy Matthews and seconded by Mark Panning.

The Committee considered Jeff Branstetter’s concern about the possibility of having a University-wide definition for diversity. He has participated in other meetings across campus where in the definition was bantered about. The ADA Committee supports one definition.

Amy Bones presented two scenarios about employment for conservation. One scenario was about a probationary employee not able to perform the essential duties of the job. The second scenario was in regard to accommodations for an employee with cancer undergoing chemotherapy. The scenarios will be distributed to all the Committee members for individual study.

Mark Panning commented on the recently submitted grant application. Some of the highlights are:
       • The grant application was submitted to Blackboard
       • The application for program to promote accessible learning for students with disabilities is not quite what the recipients have outlined but Mark thinks the innovative idea may get attention.
       • The grant request, if granted, will be one of 6 awards by Blackboard in the amount of $5,000.
       • DoIT will provide I-Pads as the in-kind match
       • The grant approval is expected in the March/April time frame

Lennis Pederson informed the Committee that in 2012 new architectural requirements for accessibility will be adopted. These will include restroom size and safe refuge. Coale Johnson, with Facilities Management has received some continuing education about the requirements. Mr. Johnson will be invited to speak to the Committee about the impact.

Lennis Pederson told the Committee that the costs for the numerous projects needed to make campus accessible for Fr. Bucko are being collected for review and funding approval by the University. Several of the low cost/no cost items have been accomplished.

The Committee considered the spring symposium. It was agreed that the vent would be scheduled on April 13th. The indoor and rain dates will be in the Skutt Student Center.

The Committee is reminded that the next meeting will be convened in the Union Pacific Room in the Reinert Alumni Library. The meeting will include a tour of the facility - observations will be incorporated into the study regarding revitalization of the Library.

The meeting adjourned at 11:55AM.

The next meeting is at 11:00 am on February 23, 2011.