Minutes – February 8, 2011

MINUTES
UCLA COMMITTEE ON DISABILITY
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Present

Co- Chair:                                          Lisa Mueller

Community Rep:                               Donna Bryan, Sharon Teruya

Staff:                                                  Mark Ackerman, Alex Stavchanskiy

Ex- Officio Member:                         Heather Wozniak, Jamie Hoffman, Kathy Molini, Dianne Tanjuaquio

Undergraduate Student:                  Gurpreet Kaur

ADA & 504:                                       Monroe Gorden

OSD:                                                   George Auletta

Ombuds Office:                                 Thomas Griffin

Guest:                                                 Kim Rutledge

Pathway:                                            Eric Latham

Excused – Eileen Fowler, Bert Cueva, Mike Clark, Jim McGlynn, Adrienne Malka, Robert Werle and Patrick Burke

Call to Order

The meeting called to order at 2:05 PM.

Review of Minutes

The motion made by Donna Bryan and seconded to approve the January 11, 2011 minutes.

Agenda

Guest Speaker, Rich Mylin attended the meeting, his discussion was on the Pauley Pavilion project, and he pointed out that they are on schedule and that the entire project came under the budgeted amount.   April 1st Pauley will close completely, with the hopeful arrival of the new Pauley Pavilion on October of 2012.  The first phase of construction on the north of the building will house Men & Women’s basketball teams, the second will be a club level with three thousand square feet for conferences/seminars and pre-game type events.  The top level will be wide-opened with a larger concourse area for movement, better concession and restrooms.

The Pauley Pavilion project will increase seating capacity from twelve thousand eight hundred to just over fourteen thousand and the new numbering of the building will be 100 & 200; there will no longer be a 300 level.   The platform will allow incredible flexibility and the numbers could fluctuate depending on the type of the event.

Restrooms are larger and spread out throughout the building, and the mobility will meet all the codes, same with the concessions.

With all the new codes for 2010, they will be looking at all the spaces, including the pools as it pertains to the lifts, in getting patrons in and out of the pool.  They are planning to attend the international conference in April to learn more about the 2010 codes.

Student Survey Follow-up – Kathy Molini disseminated the OSD 2009-10 Annual Report with the disability demographics break down of each disability group, comparing the current year to the year before, to see growth in particular areas.

In collecting and tabulating hours of service, they found out that hours of service would give insight to usage on how to project the budget, rather than looking at the sheer number of students.  OSD have collected for several years, the academic comparison of students, which was sparked by the Office of the President, following Assemble Bill 746.  They are able to see how students with disabilities size-up compared to other UCLA students.   This gives an indication on how the support services are helping students to be successful.  Kathy said that the downside of the evaluation is that sometimes the number of students responding is small and does not give them much to work with. One student can weigh or sway the score.

Lisa Mueller wondered if there is a procedure for requesting presentations.  Kathy said that they attended TA kickoff meetings and that they are there to answer questions and they hand out brochures and many requests came as a result.  She added that OSD give presentation to TA’s and specific departments whenever needed.

Disability Demographics – Kathy went on to say that, they have been collecting data over the last twenty-three years on disability breakdown.  Over that time, the UC OSDs with the help of the Office of the President, they have added certain disability groups. Twenty-five years ago, they did not account for deaf students in their own category, as there were not many.  Now there are deaf, other hearing impaired, acquired brain injuries and asperger’s/autism spectrum disorders.

ADHD and psychological disabilities are the highest percentage of growth over those years.  Based on the pattern of growth for all disability groups they could, in the next ten years OSD maybe serving as many as thirty eight hundred students.

More students with disabilities are becoming UC eligible, due to, in “some cases” medical science, pharmaceutical, and technology.   All of these things combined are helping sustainability in the early years along with identification.

Students with disabilities are in every major and well distributed among all of the majors, the attitude is that they could come and be competitive, successful, and go on to do great things in the area of employment.

The question asked on how the numbers compared with other UC campuses and nationally.

UC OSD directors are trying to get on track of collecting and sharing data.  They have seen the usefulness of that kind of data.  Some campuses have higher numbers than others, but all benefit on seeing each other’s breakdown.

Periodical and data released nationally, show that there is more attention given to discussions on ADHD and psychological groups than others.  Two years ago, OSD were trying to retrieve national data, and found that much is not available.  UCLA has more data over a longer period than other campuses.

Heather Wozniak mentioned that DCP has noticed that the numbers of students are decreasing in coming in for support.

Kathy said that maybe it is the technology phenomenon and that more students are self-serving themselves.

Lisa Mueller questioned the specifics that might not arise in the quantitative data with the difficulty accessing the van from the dorms and she went on to say that, it is a great idea to continue including open questions for bases of comparisons over the years.  Kathy Molini agreed and said they will make it a separate page from the OSD survey.

Subcommittee Leadership & Organization

Communication – Heather Wozniak stated that she is now focusing on the individual designs of the website to make things more prominent and intuitive.  She will create a new FAQ section about the campus and the resources available.  She asked members to email her questions they were ask mostly in regards to disability related things at UCLA, she would like to know the stumbling block and would provide that information on the website.  Heather mentioned that she would like to do a mid-season report and asked members to send her information on what happened in the first quarter and a half for her to have something to start with.

DCP – UC San Diego will host web accessibility training for all the UC campuses on March 14, 2011. There is no cost to attend.  The organization called WebAIM will be conducting accessibility training for web developers and content creators and will cover everything from basic topics to some of the new technology.

Graduate Student Association- Lisa mentioned that she would like to know the available of training from OSD.  Kathy mentioned that they go as requested and asked Lisa to spread the word.

UCLA Recreation – Jamie Hoffman invited and introduced Kim Rutledge who is doing some research and proposing partnership between UCLA and Westside Center for Independent Living

Kim mentioned that she is a second year graduate student in the School of Social Welfare and that she an intern at the Westside Center for Independent Living, which is a disability resource and advocacy center.   As part of her internship, they proposed that she come up with calibration between UCLA and Westside Center specifically to serve student with disability.  Kim is currently taking a grant course to develop this program and will request funding to support this program.

Her proposal would create a referral system for any student with a disability who needs some sort of care. The other two components are independent living skills training program and mentoring both of which WCIL is interesting to help to coordinate.

As part of her class requirement, she will be applying for grant through the WCIL and she wanted to know if there is an entity within UCLA that would be interesting in collaborating on this if a grant were obtain and she asked members for suggestions.

Donna Bryan suggested Eileen Fowler of the Tarjan Center, Lisa Muller suggested the Public Health Office, Thomas Griffin suggested Center Community Programming, Mark Ackerman suggested Stephanie Fisher from the  MS Achievement Center.

She said that they would gather the data to find out what students would benefit from attendant care and the recruitment of students that are interested in working as a personal assistance for students with disabilities.

Sharon Teruya handed out the pamphlet regarding the International Dyslexia Association, which  stated that the Inland Empire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association invites everyone to join the learning adventure 32nd annual conference.  The conference on literacy for parents & educators will be held February 11th & 12th at the Riverside Marriot Hotel.   For more information, please call 951-686-9837 or email- dyslexiainfo@gmail.com

Meeting adjourned 3:30pm

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