May 2010

ADA Committee Meeting - May 26, 2010

Members Present(X):
XJohn BaxterAmy Matthews
XAmy BonesFran Minear
Jeff BranstetterMadan Nirmalraj
Lee BudesheimXMark Panning
XDeborah DaleyXWade Pearson
Katherine HatfieldXLennis Pederson
Teri HoppeJohn Pierce
Rachel InouyeAnne Schoening
Guests: Kathy Custard

The minutes of the April 28, 2010 meeting were approved by Wade Pearson and seconded by Mark Panning.

Mark Panning gave a detailed presentation of the ADA website. His focus was on the improvements he has made. Added to the website is a section about ADA architectural barriers. He is also developing an on line training program for campus continuants.

Kathy Custard spoke to the members about the emergency evacuation procedure. Her remarks were presented from the draft developed by an ad hoc group of concerned university constituents. The draft has been accepted by the Crisis Committee. The discussion at the meeting focused on:   1) How to use the special assistance/emergency preparedness form and how would the student body use the form?
  2) How should the procedure implemented be audited?
  3) There are many details that need to be developed. Including in the details will be identifying and training of the Evacuation Coordinators.
  4) The broader range of the university constituents will need to be made aware of the procedure.
  5) The position of Building Captain which would include the Evacuation Coordinator.

A sub-committee of the ADA Committee will be created to work with Ms. Custard to add to the details needed to complete the operation of the evacuation procedure.

Amy Bones encouraged members of the committee to attend the ADA Compliance Virtual Summit. The event is designed to learn the new definition of “disabled”. The program will be presented at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm in room 104 of the Skutt Student Center.

Deb Daley lead a review of her draft document entitled Importance of a Budget for ADA Activities. Several comments were given about spreading the budget for specific tasks performed by specific departments and how to audit the expenses.

Mark Panning talked about the Pepsi Challenge as a possible fund source. Amy Bones thought American Express would also have a grant program like the Pepsi Challenge. It may be best to have the list of architectural barriers prioritized to include into a program that is not predominately for architectural barrier removal.

Jeff Branstetter nor John Pierce were availabler to discuss their work regarding a review of the Human Resources On-Line Application complying with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The requirement is of interest to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The directive was signed into law on July 10, 2008.

The meeting adjourned at 12:07 pm.

The next meeting will be on June 30, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Swanson Hall south conference room.

As a post script, it has been learned that Deb Saure has resigned from the ADA Committee because of time constraints. Sr. Donna Marie McGargill has resigned her position with Campus Ministries and subsequently her membership on the ADA Committee. Both are thanked for their contributions to the committee over the past several months.

The next meeting is at 11:00 am on March 31, 2010 in the Swanson Hall south conference room.