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)

     Deafblind Association of CT- Lisa Flaherty-Vaughn 

     Helen Keller National Center - vacant 


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Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)

Deaf-Blind Advisory Committee Meeting Draft Minutes

April 18, 2017

 

Voting Members Present

Barbara Cloonan, Parent/Guardian; Erich Krengel, Capitol  Region Mental Health Clinic; Sandra Miles, Department of Developmental Services- Southbury; Kathy Morgan, Conservator;  Karen Olson (representing Tracy Evans-Luiselli), New England Consortium of Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance and Training;  Al Sylvestre, BESB Advisory Board Representative; Robert C. Smith, Department of Developmental Services; Hana Tyler, Consumer Representative; Dee White, Department on Aging

 

Non-Voting Members Present

Marsha Brown, BESB; Chris Lassen, BESB; Andrew Norton, DORS; Brian Sigman, BESB; Mark Ward, BESB

 

Voting Members Absent

Still Fowler; Oak Hill; Cindy Paluch, American School for the Deaf; Emily Morgante, Parent/Guardian

 

Non-Voting Members Absent

Heidi Henaire, BRS; Mary Quinn, BESB

 

Others Present

Lisa Flaherty-Vaughn, President, Deafblind Association of CT; Eric Leckfor, CAN-SSP, Muriel Aparo, CT Tech Act

 

Old Business

Approval of Minutes

On a motion by Mr. Sylvestre, seconded Ms. Cloonan the minutes from the October 18, 2016, January 17 and February 15, 2017 meetings were adopted with a correction to each, noting that the correct name of the agency that Erich Krengel represents is the Capital Region Mental Health Clinic.

 

Update on Deafblind Awareness Activities

 

Ms. Brown indicated that plans would resume in the Fall for developing additional locations to provide the “Losing Sight and Sound Without Losing Confidence” seminars. These seminars are targeted to seniors who are hard of hearing and have vision loss.  Randy Kirsch, from the Eastern Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the featured speaker for these presentations. 

 

June is the month designated by the Helen Keller National Center to promote public awareness of deaf-blindness. The committee members discussed some options for activities and decided upon promoting success stories of consumers who are deaf-blind, focusing on their accomplishments. Ms. Brown will discuss this with the Communications Director of DORS to assess if a press release featuring these successes could be developed. 

 

MOTION:  On a motion by Mr. Sylvestre, seconded by Mr. Krengel, it was unanimously passed that a BESB Staff member contact the DORS Communications Director to seek approval for this project to include a proposed press release and photograph of consumer successes.

 

Update on Deaf-blind Technology Program

Ms. Aparo, from the CT Tech Act Program, presented a report on the federal Access Through Technology Grant that she oversees for DORS. The grant is in its fifth year.  Seven consumers have been served with three pending and one found ineligible. Two of BESB’s clients who are deaf-blind were recently found eligible for the grant and will be receiving braille communication devices.    

 

Membership Update on Vacancies

 

MOTION:  On a motion by Mr. Krengel, seconded by Ms. Morgan, it was moved that a representative from the Deaf Blind Association of CT should be a member of DORS-BESB’s Deaf-blind Advisory Committee.

 

After some discussion, and guidance from Attorney Norton affirming that the State Regulations did not preclude such representation, Mr. Krengel called for the question to end discussion which was seconded by Ms. Morgan and passed by the Committee.   

 

The Chair then called for a final vote on the original motion which also passed. 


MOTION:  On a motion by Mr. Sylvestre, seconded by Mr. Smith, all the additional items on the agenda were waived until the June 6 meeting to make more time available for discussion and approval of deaf-blind community inclusion funding for FY 18.  This motion passed unanimously.   


Recommendations for Allocating 2018 Funding

Mr. Sigman reported that the Governor’s budget for FY 2018 proposes level funding for the Deaf-blind Community Inclusion grant equal to current year funding of $104,584.  The recommendations of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee are anticipated soon. 

 

Ms. Brown reported on the Client Services Plan Review Committee’s recommendation for FY 2018 that includes $88,035.46 for existing vendors in state funding and an additional $33,940.00 in federal SSBG funding, leaving an unallocated amount of $16,548.54 that could be allocated at a later date, if available after the budget for FY 2018 is passed into law. 

 

MOTION: On a motion by Mr. Sylvestre, seconded by Ms. Miles, the Client Services Plan Review Committee’s recommendations were unanimously passed.

 

Announcments

Ms. Cloonan announced that ASD is celebrating their 200th anniversary.  Ms. Mary Quinn and Ms. Nancy Mothersele, both from BESB’s Children’s Services Program helped prepare materials for ASD’s celebration event.

 

Ms. Tyler announced that a specific type of sunglasses made by a company called Enchroma allows people who are color blind to enhance the full intensity of all colors when they wear these special sunglasses.

 

Ms. Flaherty-Vaughn announced that CAN is hosting a walkathon on June 19th and 20th.  Information can be obtained at www.depdata.ct.gov/maps/ctrail-trail/index.html#.  This is CAN’s contribution towards ASD celebrating their 200th year and honoring students who are deaf and blind at ASD.

 

MOTION: On a motion made by Mr. Sylvestre, seconded by Ms. Miles, the meeting adjourned at 11:58 a.m.

 

Next meeting: June 6, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. at BESB.



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Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)


Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)


Deafblind Advisory Committee (DBAC)


Special Meeting 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 Region Mental Health Clinic; 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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