Meeting Minutes August 17, 2015 |

Charles County, Maryland

Meeting Minutes August 17, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015




     Call to Order:

     The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Emily Ferren, Chair

  •       In attendance, Emily Ferren, Jeff Barnett
  •       Guests:  Tiffany Patterson
  •       New Members:  John Lewis, Jeffrey Mathews, Charlie Patterson, Brasilia Lower
  •       Excused New Member: Michelle Folwer
  •       Excused:  Jim Howard, Joane Gulvas, Sandra Dent, Tonya-Kay Speers, and Nicky Pires

     The meeting minutes for the June meeting were not approved as there was not a quorum present.

     The remaining dates fsor year 2015 CIWD meetings were presented as follows:

          September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, and December 21st

     July Meeting, ADA Celebration, Information Booth, Monday, July 20th, 2-4 p.m., Lobby of County Government Building.  The Information Booth took the place of our regular meeting.

     We had an introduction of current members and new members, prior to the Oath of Office.

     Jeff Barnett briefly discussed being in the ICU at the hospital, undergoing rehabilitation, and taking tasks for granted, such as using a dishwasher at home.  Emily Ferren told the group about being legal guardian for her parents and hoping for accessible

     options like restaurants and the movies.

     For the new members, although Michelle Fowler, was not present, she sent in a photograph about herself, "with my son suffereing from Type I diabetes and witnessing the many disparities disabilities may cause, I want to make a positive change in the County."

     "Professionally, I've been a healthcare executive for twenty-four years recently making a switch to real estate.

     For those new members taking the Oath of Office today, Brasilia Lowe has been in Charles County for 8 years and in her job does pre-trial services in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the Disability Employment Committee as part of her professional employment.

     Jeffrey Lee Mathews is a special educator at McDonough High School and has been in that capacity for 10 years.  He primarily works with 9th and 10th grade students.

     Charlie Patterson has been int he County for 12 years. She has worked in the IT field at the Help Desk and as a Program Analyst. Her duties included making accommodations for employees with disabilities. She has also been a substitute teacher.

     John Lewis has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities since 1974 at the Spring Dell Center, the ARC of Southern Maryland and United Cerebral Palsy. He wants to contribute his knowledge in the context of the Commission.

     The Oath of Office was administered to four new members by Chair, Emily Ferren.

     Emily Ferren gave a brief report ont he ADA Celebration in Washington, D.C. to celebrate 25 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. She participated in a March on the Capital with 1400 participants. She also

     attended a celebration at the Kennedy Center, which included a photography exhibit by Mary Lou Mobley, a disability rights lawyer. She also published a book, ADA Image Project, A Tribute to Disability Rights Advocates and their Accomplishments. A copy

     of the book was shared with the members present.

     Our guest speaker for the month of September (Monday, September 21st, 3 p.m.) will be the Maryland Secretary of Disabilities, Carol Beatty. Please bring interested guests. To prepare for our guest, the annual report will be attached to the August minutes.

     Nominations for the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary will be taken in September.

     Friday, September 18th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., there will be a 25th ADA Anniversary Celebration at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619 with information and fun for all.

Meeting Adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Emily Ferren, Acting Secretary