BESB: Deaf-Blind Advisory Committee Members

Deaf-Blind Advisory Committee

BESB Deaf-Blind Advisory Committee Meeting Dates for 2017 are: January 17, 2017;
February 15, 2017; (March 28, 2017- RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 18, 2017); June 6, 2017; September 26, 2017; December 5, 2017. All meetings at BESB at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Committee Members


        Non-Voting Members:

      State Director - Brian Sigman

      Adult Services Supervisor - Christopher Lassen

      Vocational Rehabilitation designate - Mark Ward

      Children’s Services designate - Mary Quinn

      Bureau of Rehabilitation Services – Heidi Henaire


Voting Members:


        Oak Hill School – Still Fowler

        Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – Robert Smith

        DDS – Southbury Training School (STS) - Sandi Miles

        National or Regional Organization - Tracy Luiselli

        Parents or Guardians – Barbara Cloonan                       

     Kathy Morgan,  Emily Morgante

        Deaf or Hard of Hearing - Cindy Paluch 

        Member of BESB Advisory Board –  Alan Sylvestre

        Department of Aging – Dee White

        Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services -  Eric Krengel

      Consumer - Hana Tyler (Chairperson)

      Helen Keller National Center - vacant 



Deafblind Advisory Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. to noon,

DORS-BESB, 184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT

April 18, 2017

I. Introductions

II. Old Business

-Approval of minutes from October 18, 2016, January 17, 2017 and February 15, 2017

-Update on Deafblind Awareness activities

-Update on Deafblind Technology Program

-Membership Update on Vacancies

III. New Business


        a. Year End Projections for fiscal 2017 services

        b. Plans for allocating 2018 funding

        c. Report from the BESB Director

        d. Report from the Chair

IV. Announcements

V.  Adjournment

NEXT MEETING:  June 6, 2017


Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)

Deafblind Advisory Committee (DBAC)

Special Meeting Draft Minutes

February 15, 2017   

Voting Members Present

Barbara Cloonan, Parent/Guardian; Still Fowler, Oak Hill; Sandra Miles, Department of Developmental Services- Southbury; Kathy Morgan, Conservator;  Al Sylvestre, BESB Advisory Board Representative; Robert C. Smith, Department of Developmental Services; Hana Tyler, Consumer Representative  

Non-Voting Members Present

Marsha Brown, BESB; Chris Lassen, BESB; Brian Sigman, BESB; Mark Ward, BESB 

Voting Members Absent

Erich Krengel, Capitol Community Mental Health Center; Tracy Evans-Luiselli, New England Consortium of Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance and Training; Emily Morgante, Parent/Guardian; Dee White, Department on Aging; Cindy Paluch, American School for the Deaf 

Non-Voting Members Absent

Heidi Henaire, BRS; Mary Quinn, BESB 

Chairperson Tyler called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. 

Proposed Reallocation of Service Hours

Mr. Sigman announced that the purpose of this special meeting was to make recommendations for the reallocation of funds that had been allocated earlier this year to clients served by Marrakech and Southbury Training School.  Subsequent to the January meeting of the Deafblind Advisory Committee it was learned that Southbury was utilizing other funds for the delivery of community inclusion services this year and that the Marrakech contract was being terminated, with the conservator of the client to take over the coordination of the remainder of the previously approved community inclusion hours for the current year through a new contract. The new vendor would need $3920.00 for the remainder of the year from the prior funds that were approved for Marrakech, plus $749.00 related to new battery for the client’s deafblind communicator device, leaving a balance of $1424.75 that would be available for reallocation to other vendors. Ms. Brown reviewed the client situations where additional funding would be beneficial to increase community inclusion services.  

MOTION: Mr. Sylvestre motioned, seconded by Mr. Smith, recommending that the $15,606.62 now available be reallocated in the following amounts to these vendors:  $1,760 to I.J., $6,720.00 to CAN, and $7,126.62 to Oakhill. Motion passed unanimously. 

MOTION:  Mr. Sylvestre motioned, seconded by Mr. Smith, that in the event additional funds become available, if the amount is less than $5,000, those funds would be allocated at the discretion of BESB, and if the amount was $5,000 or more, a sub-committee would convene to make a recommendation to the full DBAC. Motion passed unanimously.  

MOTION:  On a motion by Mr. Sylvestre, seconded by Mr. Smith, the meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.



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