November 12, 2001
Held at IIDD Room 448
(Chaired by Robin Jones)
Members Present: Scott Feldman, Joann Gras, Ron Schon, Robin Jones, Peter Berg, Zakiyyah Wahid, Lucy Cotugno, David Mitchell, Eunjung
Kim (grad asst) and Maria Nikiforos (grad asst)
Excused Absences: Larry Voss, Carol Gill, Joy Hammel, Yanling (Millie) Li, Richard Larson, Richard Allegra and Elyse Nowak.
Guests: Mary Stainton, ODS, Caryn Bills, OAE, Joy Hzyny, ODS
Meeting called to order: By Robin Jones
Approval of Minutes: Minutes from October 15, 2001 meeting were approved unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report: Lucy Cotugno reported that the budget for the 2001-2002 year was approved and funds are available for CCSPD-related activities. Robin Jones added that if there are any conferences coming up, please give a report about the conference to the CCSPD via listerve and submit a proposal of estimated expenses in order to be considered for funds.
Sub-Committee Assignments: Robin Jones reported that if you have an interest in joining a sub-committee and you haven’t already joined a committee, please talk to Robin or Larry. The committees that are available include: Programming Committee, Disability Student Services Model Task Force, and the Parking/Infrastructure Committee.
Partners for Inclusive Employment (P.I.E.): Zakiyah Wahid reported that the P.I.E., collaboration between a variety of government agencies and local disability and vocational service providers is hosting an Employer’s breakfast to give the public an opportunity to learn about the issues surrounding employment of individuals with disabilities. The breakfast will take place on January 25, 2001 from 7:30 – 9:30 am at IIDD Auditorium. The Employer’s Breakfast is the first of three phases to help alleviate the 70% unemployment rate for people with disabilities. On April 16, 2002, potential employees will attend an assessment session to help them prepare for the Employment Match and Fair on April 24, 2002. A planning meeting will be held on November 20 at 9:30am in the IIDD auditorium to plan for these events for anyone interested in providing input for these events.
Chancellor Business Meeting Report: Robin Jones reported that a meeting was held with the other Chancellor Committees and the following issues were addressed during the meeting:
Executive Committee Report: Robin Jones reported that the Executive Committee did not meet this month and there was no report.
Emergency Procedures at UIC: Robin Jones reported that many people have asked what UIC is doing in response to the 9/11/01 events and not much progress has occurred. A drill will be held at University Hall and officials are looking at emergency procedures. Pat Gill and an advisory group are looking at these issues and how people with disabilities are being addressed in this issue. If there are any members interested to participate in the discussions related to these issues, they are welcome and should contact Robin Jones. Peter Berg will serve as a technical assistant from ADA Great Lakes Office and Joy Hzyny offered her assistance as well. In addition to the discussions held on – campus, a conference will be held by the National Center on Emergency Procedures for Person with Disabilities on November 19, 2001 from 3-5:30pm at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Chicago. Contact Robin Jones or the Great Lakes Office for more information.
Disability Student Services Model Task Force: David Mitchell reported that the Task Force met and decided on a three-tiered approach to developing a new disability students services model. The first step involves that each sub-committee member write up a summary of what they would like to see on the UIC campus. The second step involves that members research a different status committee on the UIC campus and how they were formed and other pertinent information. Finally, the third step entails that each member research other universities and their best models of disability student services. The committee aims to use what is out there already and pool together the most desirable model.
Cultural Event: Joann Gras reported that the committee met and they plan on holding a film night in January, April and later on in June. The committee also aims to set up an event for next fall. A suggestion was made by Robin Jones to look into setting up an event during Unity Month.
DSU/Student Update: Scott Feldman reported that DSU plans on holding their first meeting at a later date. Robin Jones reported that she attended UIC Transportation Symposium with environmental personnel, which looked at the entire transportation system. Access was not addressed at the meeting and no interest was shown regarding disability issues. A recommendation was made to create a joint effort between DSU and CCSPD to discuss more transportation issues on campus.
Report from the Office of Access and Equity
Caryn Bills expected that a report about tasks of Senate Subcommittee on Buildings and Grounds would be held in our next meeting.
Report from the Office of Disability Services
Joy Hzyny commented that new UIC website design will be shown in December and Office of Disability Service has given suggestions on website redesign. Joy Hzyny asked to email her if there is something to add or comment on new design. UIC massmail will be sent to inform that.
Meeting adjourned at 1:20pm
Next meeting will be held on December 10, 2001
At SSB Conference Room A; 1200 W. Harrison