CTCDD: PI&E Meeting 2-16-12

PI&E Meeting 2-16-12



CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee

February 16, 2012

Conference Call Meeting

Members in Attendance:  Dwayne Paul, Chair; Monica Smyth; John Curtin; Kathy Wolkner;  Alicia Kucharczyk; Frank Reed, ex-officio

Excused members:  Jennifer Lortie (medical); Brenda Stenglein (trouble accessing conference call)

Absent members: Jacqueline Jamison; David King; Zuleika Martinez

Staff Present:  Cathy Adamczyk

A quorum was established, and Mr. Paul called the meeting to order at 5:04 PM

1.  Motion to amend the agenda.  A motion was made to amend the agenda by Ms. Smyth to move agenda item number two down to agenda item number three.  Mr. Curtin seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously, and the agenda was amended.

2.  Discussion of the function of the APIE Committee and highlights of past Initiatives.  The charge of the APIE Committee was described as participating in initiatives and activities pertaining to advocacy, public information and education that would educate the public and lead to the promotion of full inclusion of individual with disabilities in the community.  Some examples of past initiatives of the APIE Committee discussed included:  writing letters to the editor and op eds on topics affecting people with disabilities, such as the incident last year addressing the definition of “physically helpless”; reaching out to the Council members and the community to encourage them to write their legislatures  about issues pertaining to people with disabilities; spear-headed an attempt to identify marketing and communication strategies to move the APIE Committee forward; the creation of 10 half hour segments highlighting the disability movement , obstacles people with disabilities face, and the accomplishments and successes of people with disabilities in the CPTV Able Lives series; actions taken against the use of restraints, seclusions and aversives;  and the creation of brochures and pamphlets. 

3.  Approval of the minutes from 1/10/2011:  Mr. Paul was the only person present who was a member of the APIE Committee and attended the 1/10/2011 APIE Committee meeting.  The Committee reviewed the draft minutes of 1/10/2011.  Since the Committee did not object to any decisions made in the 1/10/2011 minutes, Ms. Smyth made a motion to enter the entire draft minutes dated 1/10/2011 into the minutes as part of our historical record.  Mr. Curtin seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.  ***(See 1/10/2011 minutes below.)

4.  Focus areas and priorities:  The Committee decides to look at initiatives that the APIE Committee has done in the past, and see if they can build on those initiatives.  An example brought up was how to take the products developed from Able Lives and promote it as a continuation project.  Another issue discussed was emergency preparedness, and the possibility of concentrating on a campaign to have persons with disabilities register at police stations.  It was also recommended to look at those things mentioned in the five year plan and tie the focus of the APIE Committee on initiatives that relate to the plan.  Then Mr. Paul made note of the need to make sure they get full Council support before going forward with any initiatives.

Ms. Smyth recommended the APIE Committee take a look at the ideas brought forth from the small groups that met at the January 10, 2012 Council meeting to see if the APIE could help with initiatives (Employment, Housing and Health) that are already in progress.  Ms. Smyth acknowledged that the work needed to move these committees forward is substantial, and that with scarce resources, it can’t all fall just on staff to do. 

Mr. Reed left the meeting.

5.  Next Steps:   Ms. Adamczyk was asked to provide the APIE Committee with copies of the November and January full Council minutes, and minutes from the January 10, 2012 small group meetings (Housing, Health and Employment Committees). Committee members will look at the materials and use the information to set priorities for the Committee.

6.  Schedule date for next meeting:  The Committee decided they want to meet before the full Council meeting, and the sooner they meet the better.   The group all agreed that a conference call works best for their busy schedules.   They want to meet either February 23 or February 28, 2012 from 5:00-6:00 PM on another conference call.  An e-mail will go out to see which date works best, and a meeting will be scheduled accordingly.

7.  Adjourn:  Mr. Curtin made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Ms. Smyth.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:54 PM.

Respectfully submitted by,

Cathy Adamczyk   









PRESENT: Joyce Baker, Stacey D’Angelo, Kathryn duPree, Michelle Johnson, Jennifer Lortie, Dwayne Paul, Frank Reed and Anita Tremarche.

ABSENT:  Stephen Belske, Darlene Borre, Maryann Lombardi and Zuleika Martinez

Staff:  Margaret Cohen, Mary Ann Langton and Ed Preneta

Mr. Paul called the Advocacy, Public Information and Education (APIE) Committee Meeting to order on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 5:04 p.m. 

Ms. Baker made a motion to approve the December 7, 2010 minutes. Ms. Lortie seconded. Ms. duPree abstained, and the motion passed.

The committee discussed their concerns about First Experience Communication’s (FEC) grant and their proposal on how to utilize the remainder of funds.  FEC needs to spend the remainder of the DD funds to further develop the Marketing and Communication Plan because that was stated in their Personal Service Agreement.  Members directed Mr. Paul to ask FEC to develop another proposal that would enhance the Marketing and Communication Plan.

The meeting adjourned at 6 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary-Ann Langton



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