CTCDD: Proposal Review Meeting 10-13-10

Proposal Review Meeting 10-13-10

The first meeting of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities’ Proposal Review Committee was held on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Institute of Technology and Business Development, Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, Connecticut.


Council Members Present:  Darlene Borre, John Curtin, Gabriela Freyre-Calish; Frank Reed, ex officio; and Guy Sullivan.


Excused Absences:  Joyce Baker, Peter Morrissette and Monica Smyth.


Absent:  Patricia Tyler.


Staff Present:  Ed Preneta.


Guests Present:  Intern with the University Center for Excellence from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.


The meeting was called to order at 12:50 p.m.


By consensus, Mr. Sullivan was elected as Chair and Ms. Freyre-Calish as Vice Chair.


The Committee’s agenda included proposals from Abilis, Greenwich, regarding Project SEARCH and Prudential Financial, Shelton, for internships.  The Committee was also presented a proposal from staff to enable an intern in the Council office to use the Council’s “IEP Guide”, “Education Toolkits” and “Able Lives” DVDs to hold workshops for parents.


Mr. Sullivan asked for discussion of the internship first. 


Mr. Preneta said that former Council member Patti Carrin contacted him recently regarding an internship in the Council office as part of a requirement to achieve a Masters degree from, Smith College.  Ms. Carrin retired from the Council more than a year ago.  While she was a Council member, she worked with Council staff to implement several workshops on special education using the Council’s “IEP Guide”, “Education Toolkit” and “Able Lives” DVD.  As a Masters candidate, Ms. Carrin will be doing an unpaid internship with the Council office between October 2010 and the end of April 2011, where she will work with our Legislation, Policy and Planning Committee, and other committees, as necessary, to fulfill her Masters obligations.  In addition, he spoke with her about including workshops on special education using the Council’s resources.  Ms. Carrin also spoke with Margaret Cohan, Disability Policy Specialist, and drafter a proposal on workshops.  Mr. Preneta estimated it would cost $3,000 to hold 10 to 12 workshops with parents around Connecticut.  The Council has $10,000 set aside in its 2011 budget as a place holder on parent training and an additional $5,000 set aside in the event the wishes to produce, or reprint, information about special education.  Ms Carrin’s interest in an internship, and parent training, is timely with the distribution of the Council’s remaining Guides, Toolkits and DVDs.


After considerable discussion:


Mr. Reed moved to use up to $3,000 in an internship with Ms. Carrin for workshops with parents pending a more specific proposal from Ms. Carrin.  Ms. Borre seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.


Mr. Sullivan said he would like the updated proposal within the next 48 hours so that a conference call could be held to vote on the proposal.


Mr. Sullivan asked for discussion of Prudential Financial.


After considerable discussion:


Mr. Sullivan moved to request a meeting with Prudential Financial within the next 30 days to discuss a larger initiative involving representatives from the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Connect-Ability.  Mr. Reed seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Sullivan asked for discussion of Abilis.


After considerable discussion:


Mr. Sullivan moved to table a decision until after meeting with Abilis to discuss collaboration with others, including the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Connect-Ability and the Department of Developmental Services.  Ms. Borre seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.


The next meeting of the Proposal Review Committee will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., immediately following the Council’s meeting on November 9, 2010.  The agenda will include deciding on an application for continuation funds from Trinity College for RoboWaiter competition and a meeting with Abilis and others on Project SEARCH. 


Mr. Reed moved to adjourn.  Mr. Curtin seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.


The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.


                                                                                      Respectfully submitted,




                                                                                      Edward T. Preneta




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