November 2012

ADA Meeting - November 21, 3:00 PM

Members Present (x):
John BaxterXAmy Matthews
Jeff Branstetter Tracy Monahan
Fr. Ray BuckoXAndrea Ordonez
XBeverly DoyleXMark Panning
Robyn EdenXWade Pearson
Michelle FerestadXLennis Pederson
XAmy HelmsXJohn Pierce
Jim JansenXHilarie Price
Bryony Keeble Robert Skrydlak
Chuck LenoskyXCharlene Stender
Claire Markham Tanya Winegard

Minutes of the October 17, 2012 meeting were approved by John Pierce with a second by Hillary Price.

The most recent draft of the Committee goals and objectives were reviewed. Amy Matthews introduced the concept of a third goal: Collect data regarding ADA related issues on campus. The introduced goal and accompanying objectives:
   • Complete a campus-wide employee survey regarding general ADA/access knowledge every 3 to 5 years.
   • Review information from OT student activities as submitted to the ADA Committee.
   • Tour 5-6 buildings on campus yearly to identify potential ADA related issues.
   • Solicit information from Creighton students via survey regarding general ADA/access knowledge every 3-5 years.

It was agreed that Amy Matthews, Mark Panning, and Lennis Pederson would meet to update the draft prior to the next meeting.

Regarding the spring symposium, John Pierce did not have updates about planning the event. The Committee did have a few suggestions that John might include in his planning process:
   a) Consider inviting a targeted audience. Each committee member to invite not fewer than five guests.
   b) Possibly have a theme that relates to helping people with invisible disabilities feel. Comfortable disclosing their condition.
   c) Bev Doyle would like to involve “Best Buddies” in the symposium.

John Pierce spoke to the possibility of not having a survey for disclosure and awareness. John says the Federal Department of Labor is likely to have language soon that will influence the survey and is prudent to slow the release of the Creighton survey. John presented information that informed the Committee why the release of the survey should be slowed. From the Department of Labor, there will be a need for a self-identification survey for individuals with a disability.

History ~
December 9, 2011 – the US OFCCP published a Notice to Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. The NPRM sought public comments on a proposal to review and update the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section503).

Section 503: prohibits employment discrimination based on disability by companies doing business with the federal government. Section 503 also requires federal contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to recruit employ, train, and promote qualified individuals with disabilities.

Reason(s) ~
Employer responsibilities have remained unchanged since 1970’s.

The unemployment rate and degree of participation in the labor force of working age individuals with disabilities remain significantly higher than for those without disabilities.

Strengthening Section 503 regulations (impacts employees only) is an important tool for reducing barriers to equal employment opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

Prior to issuing the NPRM, OFCCP conducted town hall meetings, webinars, and listening sessions with interested parties.

Goals ~
To establish, for the first time, a single national utilization goal for individuals with disabilities of 7% in each job group of the contractors’ workforce. The goal is not a quota or a ceiling. (7% of each year’s hiring force).

Data Collection ~
Contractors will be required to invite all applicants to voluntarily self-identify as an “individual with a disability” at the pre-offer stage of the hiring process.

Contractors will also be required to invite post – offer voluntary self-identification in an anonymous manner. Collection of these enhanced data will allow the contractor and OFCCP to better identify and monitor employment practices with respect to individuals with disabilities.

The NPRM provided the OFCCP will prescribe the language that contractors will be required to use when inviting self-identification and publish it on the OFCCP website.

The OFCCP also sought public comment on proposed text for an invitation to self-identify.

The comment period ended February 7, 2012.

OFCCP has not released its final regulations to date: November 20, 2012.

John Pierce presented a training video to the Committee. The video, entitled, Access to the future: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Careers explained how to overcome the stigma of being disabled and coached students on how and when to disclose a disability.

Lennis Pederson distributed a report listing barriers in the Boyne Building and in the BIC. The report was generated by the OT/PT students. The report will be discussed more at the next committee meeting. Between then and now, Lennis will have work orders issued for the more easily accomplished barrier removal.

The meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm.

The next meeting will convene on January 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm in Student Center room #209.