February 2012

ADA Meeting - February 15, 2012

Members Present(X):
XJohn BaxterAshlea Lem
XCarrie BonsuttoXAmy Matthews
XJeff BranstetterXTracy Monahan
XFr. Ray BuckoMark Panning
XDeborah DaleyXWade Pearson
XBeverly DoyleXLennis Pederson
XMichelle FerestadXJohn Pierce
Teri HoppeXAnne Schoening
XJim Jansen
Minutes: The minutes from the January 18, 2012 meeting were approved by Jeff Branstetter with a second by John Baxter.

Jim Jansen lead the member through the scenario of the month. The topic regarded an employee that had disclosed having a disability and was frequently late for work because of child care complications. It was decided that the employee was not protected by the ADA. Jim agreed to send an electronic copy of the printed scenario to Mark Panning for posting on the ADA website.

Jeff Branstetter and Jim Jansen each reminded the Committee of conversation about a conflict in authority between the ADA-AA and FLMA. The minutes from the previous two meetings has that conversation. The discussion with Jeff and Jim ended with an understanding that each return to work situation for an individual protected by each law should be handled case by case and no general clause assigning procedure is possible.

Lennis Pederson informed the group that the study by Holland Basham Architects of building entries was completed. The study affirmed the need for more campus signage to direct people to accessible doorways. Lennis was asked to have Mark Panning post the information of the website for viewing by Committee members only.

The Committee discussed budgeting further. Some of the key points in the discussion:
  • Two budgets are desired
    a) A budget for the Committee to use to promote advocacy and awareness
    b) A budget recommended for inclusion in the capital budget process for
accessibility barrier removal
  • A task force composed of all Committee members will convene numerous times in a
short span of time to develop priorities for the capital budget process
  • Lennis will review historical information to build the groundwork for a Committee operational budget
  • An architect should be engaged to help the Committee identify, prioritize and price accessibility barrier removal. It is understood that funding for an architectural study does not exist
  • Deb Daley and Wade Pearson will explore websites and known contacts at other universities to learn their ways of getting capital projects related to architectural barrier removal funded

Committee members are encouraged to go to http://www.doit.wisc.edu/accessibility/video/web-applications.aspx.

This website has a 3 minute video about Web Application Accessibility and the Requirements under section 508.

Wade Pearson reminded the Committee of the April 11, 2012 Symposium and will have more details about Scott Moore’s presentation later.

The meeting adjourned at 4:02 pm.

The next meeting is March 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm and will be held in the Wareham Building, 4th floor Board Room.