Minutes - February 27, 2017
Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities
Meeting Minutes: Monday, February 27, 2017
Charles County Government Building, Conference Room B 140
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Emily Ferren, Chair.
Attendance: Gia Richmond, Marchesa Whittington, Rebecca Cheraquit, Elizabeth Foster, Emily Ferren, Pamela Ford, Charlie M. Patterson, Janet Salazar.
Afer a call to order, the minutes for January were tabled.
Our guests for today were introduced. From Melwood, Gia Richmond (Compliance Manager), Marchesa Whittington (Manager, volunteer Engagement), Rebecca Cheraquit (V.P., Community Services), and Elizabeth Foster (Program Director of Workforce Development). From Charles County Public Library, Janet Salazar (Executive Director).
Janet Salazar announced the ADA compliant workstations for disabled citizens at all four locations of the Charles County Public Library. They were obtained through the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.They are available for use the hours that the library is open. Software includes JAWS and MAGic. JAWS ("Job Access With Speech") is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a refreshable Braille display. MAGic Screen Magnification Software is a screen magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users. The table height is adjustable with a push of a button. The computer workstation is equipped with a 27 inch monitor and special keyboards.
Melwood gave a presentation specifically geared for the locations in Charles County, Nanjemoy, Pinefield, and La Plata. Melwood's vision is a world where people with differing abilities are fully included. Our organization was founded on a vision of inclusion for ALL people regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or intellect. We all have abilities, we are all differently-abled. Melwood supports more than 1200 children, youth and adults with differing abilities to work and play where and how they choose. They described Camp Accomplish (a summer camp for children and teens with and without differing abilities, ages 5-18, with day or overnight options available) and Operation Tohidu (a holistic retreat helping wounded warriors overcome obstacles to their recovery and supporting their successful integration). Packages of Melwood services were handed out to those in attendance--and will also be available at the March meeting.
For those interested in Legislative bills in Annapolis that affect people with disabilities, please check out the website of Maryland Department of Disabilities for recent updates. The link is: http://mdod.marland.gov/news/Pages/2017Leg.aspx
Agnecy updates and reports will be given at the March meeting. The next meeting will beheld on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in room B140 of the County Government Building.
Meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m. (Submitted by Emily Ferren)