CTCDD: PI&E Meeting 1-5-10

PI&E Meeting 1-5-10



PRESENT: Steve Belske, Leo Germain, Armand Legault, Jennifer Lortie, Maryann Lombardi, and Dwayne Paul.

ABSENT: Joyce Baker, Kathryn duPree, Nancy Taylor and Zuleika Martinez

STAFF: Mary-Ann Langton

GUESTS: Two personal assistants

Mr. Germain called the Advocacy, Public Information and Education (APIE) Committee meeting to order on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 4:33 p.m. Mr. Germain asked for a motion for approval of the December 1, 2009 minutes.

Mr. Legault made a motion to approve and Mr. Belske seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Germain led the discussion regarding the APIE Spreadsheet that the staff developed to assist members with various ways to promote the initiatives. Ms. Lombardi paraphrased Ms. Taylor’s email, where she recommended that the committee hire a communications firm to develop a strategic plan. The committee would then have a plan to work off of. Mr. Legault reminded the committee that the firm must be on the approved list of contractors from the Department of Administrative Services’ Website. The committee will look for the communications firms to develop a plan on how promote the initiatives. Ms. Langton and Mr. Legault expressed their concerns because it will be necessary to educate the firms about the initiatives. In addition, these entilities can be costly. Ms. Lombardi, Mr. Paul and Ms. Taylor will make the initial inquiries to these firms, and will report their findings to the committee.

Mr. Paul made a motion that he, Ms. Lombardi, and Ms. Taylor will each contact two firms from the DAS Website to explore the firms’ interest to develop a strategic plan and what their fee to do so would be. Mr. Belske seconded, and the motion passed unianimously.

Ms. Lombardi suggested that members call and tell the firms the following

  1. The APIE Committee is looking at communication firms to develop a strategic plan with ways to promote the Council’s initiatives.

  2. There are initiatives that overarch the themes of community inclusion, education, transportation and so forth.

  3. The committee will review the strategic plan to see which activities can be contracted out.

Mr. Germain asked Ms. Langton to send out talking points for members to use when they make their initial calls. These points will be based on the thoughts from Ms. Lombardi.

Ms. Lombardi shared the following website: www.myARCHway.org.

The committee decided to meet on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to hear about the initial calls and to decide on the committee’s next steps.

The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary-Ann Langton

Mary-Ann Langton

Disability Policy Specialist

CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

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