CTCDD: PI&E Meeting 2-28-12

PI&E Meeting 2-28-12




Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities

Advocacy, Public Information & Education Committee Teleconference Call Meeting

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Members in attendance: Dwayne Paul, Chair; Jennifer Lortie, Vice Chair; Alicia Kucharczyk; John Curtin, Monica Smyth; Brenda Stenglein; Zuleika Martinez; David King


Staff Present:  Cathy Adamczyk


Absent members: Kathy Wolkner and Jacqueline Jamison


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

1.    Welcome:  Mr. Paul welcomed members and thanked them for attending the conference call.

2.    Motion to approve the agenda: A motion was made by Mr. Curtin to approve the agenda.  Ms. Smyth seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously and the agenda was approved.

3.    Motion to approve the February 16th Meeting minutes:  A motion was made to approve the February 16th meeting minutes by Ms. Smyth.   Ms. Kucharczyk seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously, with Jennifer Lortie, David King, Zuleika Martinez and Brenda Stenglein abstaining.

4.    Discussion:  APIE should determine how to support the initiatives prioritized in housing, employment and health care.  It was decided that they should come up with an initiative supporting one of the priority areas that is manageable and able to be completed within a year. They would provide meaningful progress on that initial project and then add other projects in the other areas as practical.  The idea of sponsoring an annual award to a best practice or something innovative in meeting the needs of people with disabilities in one of the target areas was discussed. It was determined there would be a lot of fanfare, highlighting the DD Council, our mission and purpose so the public would be more aware of who we are and what we do.  A good deal of dialogue also took place discussing housing and employment.  It was determined their problems were just too big and diverse for this group to take on at this time.  The chair, Mr. Paul, asked each Committee member individually which topic they wanted to start with, and they all said “emergency preparedness” so It was decided to start with emergency preparedness under the health care initiative as a first project.   Once they agreed on this topic, the group talked about the need to determine a tactic of dissemination of information. Some of the ideas included:  a brochure or pamphlet; an e-mail campaign; a letter campaign; a letter to the editor; promotion on our website; creation of a flyer or a video.  It was also pointed out that emergency preparedness could be addressed in the employment arena; for example, there were people that were stranded in office buildings when the electricity went out because they use wheelchairs and were unable to get down to the first floor.  The Committee was in agreement of asking the full Council to release funds to create a video as part of the total marketing campaign.  It was pointed out that this Committee must be clear to provide the Council what the strategies and measurable goals are, and what outcomes are expected as a result of the marketing efforts put forth.  They should also be clear regarding the level of support the Council will provide toward their efforts before taking on a project.

5.    Next steps:  It was decided to have another meeting in two weeks on March 13, 2012.  It will be another telephone conference call from 5:00-6:00 PM.    Cathy will send a “save the date” e-mail out to everyone.

6.    Adjourn:  Mr. Curtin made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Ms. Stenglein. The motion carried unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:58 PM.


Respectfully submitted by,

Cathy Adamczyk


Adopted Tuesday, March 13, 2012








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