Chancellor's Committee on the Status Of Persons
August 9, 2002
IIDD Room 448
(Chaired by Larry Voss & Robin
Members Present: Larry Voss, Robin Jones, Elyse Nowak, Lucy
Cotugno, David Mitchell, Joann Gras, Peter Berg,Carol Gill, Mariana Cuceu, Sally
Bialas-Bittenbinder, Jamie Owen Daniel, Eunjung Kim (grad
Guests: Yanling (Millie) Li, Disability Studies,
Caryn Bills, OAE, Tom Zajac, Motor Pool, Pablo Acevedo, Transportation, Juan
Ortega, Urban Transportation Center, Ed Brown and Ron Schon, Office of Capital
Program, Richard Allegra, ex-officio member
Absences: Erick Lopez
Meeting called to order: By Larry Voss and Robin Jones
Approval of minutes: Minutes from June 14, 2002 meeting
New business: David Mitchell was announced as in-coming
co-chair for a year 2002-2003. Flowers and appreciation were given to Robin
Jones for her commitment to the committee.
- Meeting Schedule for Fall 2002: Robin informed members that meeting
schedule for Fall 2002 would be on the second Friday of every month from 12:00
to 1:30. Location will be announced via listserv.
- Web Site revisions: Larry and Robin updated the Committee on
revisions of the website. Meeting minutes, annual reports and contents of
previous events are available on the website. Email addresses and phone
numbers of the members are also listed for the visitors' convenience. Forms
for web-based issue input from students and data collection of any problems
will be created by a graduate assistant soon. Discussion was held regarding
the disability resources portions of the UIC website. The Committee would like
to see the "Disability Resources" link placed in a more prominent location on
the UIC homepage.
- CCSPD Budget for 2002/2003: Robin Jones reported that the budget
was reduced from the travel and conference lines from the upcoming year.
Budget for activities would remain the same as last year.
- CCSPD Annual Report and Meeting with Chancellor Manning: Larry,
Robin and David met with the Chancellor on July 19, 2002. Annual Report from
2001-02 was distributed and the nomination of new membership of the year was
discussed. The Chancellor expressed concern over the large number of nominees
from AHS. The Committee representatives responded that cross-campus recruiting
was done with little response. University compliance with the ADA was debated
around issues of transportation (shuttle services), parking, physical access
to CIU and University Hall, as well as the lack of signage and accessible
bathrooms. The Chancellor commended the committee on its activities and for
the thoroughness of the annual report.
- Campus Transportation Status: Pablo Acevedo and Tom Zajac were
present to explain changes in transportation, new policies about ride
requests, and drivers' awareness training. Millie addressed the driver's lack
of number Ids, hostile
attitudes, lack of flexibility, and inconsistent
accessibility. The committee went on to discuss the inequity of new policies
such as paid paratransit service and discontinuity regarding red car service
hours. Robin summarized that there has been
ongoing problems in
transportation. Carol raised concern regarding required ID presentation for
riding a bus if there is personal assistant of the disabled. Elyse agreed that
budget deficit should have equal impact on everyone but the current
changes seemed unequal, falling more heavily on people with disabilities.
For redressing these problems, David suggested a meeting to address
transportation issues which would include Patricia Gill, Pablo Acevedo or Mark
recommended that since additional funding for services
might be needed, Stanton Delaney, vice chancellor for administration, should
also be included in the discussions. Carol moved to have Co-chairs Larry and
David and, additionally.
Robin (as ADA expert) set up such a meeting. The
motion was seconded by Peter Berg and approved.
- Finalize Lecture Series Commitment: Richard Allegra reported that
CCSPD Program Committee recommended contributing $2,000 to co-sponsor the
Disability Studies Doctoral Program Lecture Series. Discussion was held the
approval was tabled until we have entire budget.
- Update on Disability Services Relocation: Larry reported the letter
regarding relocation of ODS was sent to the Chancellor. The letter expressed
concern that decisions not be made without input from people with
disabilities. Robin presented Chancellor's response to these concerns that
ensured future participation of the disability community. Larry recommended
that we continue to have a subcommittee to look at how a "Disability Resource
Center" on a major campus be developed to incorporate new models and views of
- Campus Statement of Commitment regarding People with Disabilities:
Larry discussed the status of the statement. Chancellor Manning will rewrite
the draft statement herself and hopes to have the statement released by Fall
- Sub-committee Reports: Due to lack of time, no formal reports were
Meeting adjourned at 2:30
Next meeting will be held on
September 13, 2002
At IIDD Room 448