CTCDD: APIE/LPP Minutes 2-11-16

APIE/LPP Minutes 2-11-16


Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities

Advocacy, Public Information & Education/

Legislation Policy and Planning Committee

Conference Call

Call-in Number: 1-866 -798 -2722

Conference Code: 195 124 9209

February 11, 2016



Members Present:  Chris Blake, Chair; April Burke, Vice-Chair; Joyce Lewis, Shelagh McClure, Council Chair; Kathy Wolkner, Ada Suarez, John Curtin, Michelle Johnson, and Brenda Stenglein

Absent:  Michelle Chase, Michelle Duprey, Jackie Jamison, Meg McDermott, Antonio Orriola, Council Vice-Chair; Robin Wood

Staff:  Cathy Adamczyk


  1. Welcome/Approval of Agenda: The meeting was called to order by Chris Blake, Committee Chair, at 2:04 PM. John Curtin moved to approve the agenda.  Michelle Johnson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.
  2. Approval of Minutes:  Shelagh McClure moved to approve the minutes from the 1/12/2016 meeting. Ada Surarez seconded the motion and the minutes were approved unanimously with spelling corrections. 
  3. Discussion of Setting up Meetings:  It was agreed that using the Meeting Wizard was a good tool and should continue to be used.  However, members of the committee must read and respond to all e-mails sent by the Chairs/staff/fellow committee members. 
  4. Update on Video:  Decided that a 30 minute video is too ambitious, but a 10 to 15 minute script is a possibility, but not at this time.  DDS indicated that with Communications Director Joan Barnish no longer with the agency, they are not taking on new video projects at this time.  It is not known when/if the Communications Director slot will be filled.
  5. New Business:
    1. There was a discussion on upcoming bills, their talking points, and possible implications.
    2. Committee members ageed to solicit input on the goals/objectives in the DD Council 5 year plan at any meetings they attend in the community.  A standard script and questions would be created and used by all facilitators.
    3. Discussed going to all the non-profits, and asking them for $10,000 each to go towards a documentary or commercial showing issues of how people live with disabilities, or asking why Southbury hasn’t been shut down.
    4. Discussion of Bernard Kavaler working with the 20/20 Campaign to provide a media campaign to close the institutions so people with disabilities can have a “good life”.
    5. Suggestions to go to film-making classes, the media center at UConn, TV stations, NPR and college radio stations to see if they would do spots to close the institutions.

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