Minutes - 2/18/2016
CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSION ON INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
MEETING MINUTES: 2/18/2016
CHARLES COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUILDING, SAFETY OFFICER'S MEETING ROOM
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Emily Ferren, Chair.
In attendance: Emily Ferren, Jeff Mathews, Joane Gulvas, Charlie Patterson, Jim Howard, Ron Brown, Suzie Miller, Danielle Lyons, Donna Retzlaff, Maria Gonzalez, Tana Shey, Jay Kilgone, Vanessa Mitchell, Norma Dallas, Cynthia Swift-King, Benita Hunt, Carol DeSoto.
Excused: Tonya-Kay Speers, Brasilia Lowe, Michelle Fowler, Nicky Pires, Sandra Dent, Dwayne Ross, John Lewis
Members form MSDE/DORS, Spring Dell Center, Arc of Southern Maryland, New Horizons, and Creative Options & Employment Inc. were in attendance for today's meeting. Emily opened the meeting explaining the cancelations of the last meetings due to weather closings. The agenda of the meeting was reviewed as all members attending today did a personal introduction. Carol DeSoto thanked all the members on behalf of the County Commissioners for their service and told all members to contact her if the group needed further assistance in any way.
A motion was made by Charlie Patterson to approve the November meeting minutes, and Jeff Mathews seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Emily began the meeting on discussing organizing an artist reception called "Artists without Limits" to be held in the Charles County Government Building on the possible dates of July 1st to September 26th. Emily also stated that the month of July is the month for the Americans with Disabilities celebration. A reception is being planned for the artists that have work displayed in the hallways of the government building and the publi would be able to attend to celebrate those artists along with the Charles county Arts Alliance and the Charles County Commissioners. July 19th is the pending date for this reception.
Emily stated further that the commission is looking to create a large amount of publicity in connection with Ron Brown (Charles County Arts Alliance) to promote the collection of art work to be displayed within the government building and the event.
Next Suzie Miller began to discuss the idea of creation of DORS and the Alliance. The Alliance, along with other agencies, helps support those with disabilities transition into the work force within the county and provides support for independent living as well as transportation training needs. DORS also provides critical information to the community and employers to provide jobs and understanding of hiring those with disabilities. According to Suzie many employer's within the county have expressed a great interest in such information. Suie stated that an employer's award breakfast will be held on May 20th tentatively to celebrate those who hire individuals with disabilities. A location has yet to be determined for such an event and the Alliance is currently seeking funds through grants and donations to put on the event.
Suzie also stated that she would like to have the support of the County Commissioners to increase support and awareness of their efforts and to spread the Alliance's message out to employers within the county. Emily discussed with Suzie about providing some resources for the Alliance to use and show employers to help educate them and create awareness about hiring individuals with disabilities and being a resource for future events.
The next meeting will be held on March 21st, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 4:01 p.m.
Jeff Mathews, Secretary (3/18/2016)