CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 – 6:00 P.M. ZOOM
- Call to order
- Roll call
- Approvalof Minutes from CAC for Persons with Disabilities Meeting on February 11, 2021.
- Distribution of Information from Maryland Physciatir Assoiation - Chairman Nicholas
- Update: CAC's for Persons with Disablities from the Ocean City, Maryland and the City of Salisbury - Kim Rau
- Update: Legislation addressing person with diablitites currently being considered in the General Assembly Session - Mike McLaughlin
- Next Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. with Chairman Nicholas present. Roll was called with Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Chairman, Phyllis Anderson, Kyla Clark Brent Debnam, Mike McLaughlin, and Kimberley Rau present.
The minutes were approved, as corrected, for the CAC for Persons with Disabilities Meeting on February 11, 2021.
Chairman Nicholas has reached to the Maryland CAC for Persons with Disabilities to get information on support for families. Discussion about support for caregivers. Chairman Nicholas wants to prepare a "tool kit" for people in need in the City of Laurel to access. Mike McLaughlin said the Arc of Prince George's County is a good resource and might have something the committee can duplicate.
CAC's for Persons with Disabilities from the Ocean City, Maryland, and the City of Salisbury — Kim Rau. Ms. Rau contacted several municipalities in the state and found that only two have CAC's for People with Disabilities. Information was emailed to the committee members.
Kyla Clark emailed the committee an article her best friend recently published about the challenges people with disabilities are facing during the pandemic. Legislation addressing persons with disabilities currently being considered in the
General Assembly Session — Mike McLaughlin. Mike McLaughlin shared The Arc Maryland legislative action link with updates and bill tracking with the committee via email this week. He suggested everyone go to the website and checkout the top bills of the week.
Discussion about "Day in Annapolis for People with Disabilities". Brent Debnam said he has participated in-person in previous years, but because of Covid it was held virtually this year.
Discussion about transportation (Lyft/Uber/Metro Access/Taxi's). Brent Debnam said he used Metro Access when he was in college and ran into a lot of issues. Kyla Clark said she was a driver for Lyft and Uber and said you have to set up your profile to include information that shows you are equipped for people with disabilities, people with children (car seats), etc.
Discussion about transportation for deaf people and the need for people to wear clear masks so that deaf people can read lips. Kyla Clark has started taking American Sign Language (ASL). She recently learned there are "certified deaf' interpreters who are deaf themselves. People are now requiring "certified deaf" interpreter because of facial expressions. She will prepare talking points on ASL for the next meeting.
Issues for Persons with Disabilities — Brent Debnam said housing, jobs and transportation are the biggest issues for people with disabilities. Brent was asked to prepare a presentation for the next meeting on challenges he encountered with transportation - list of pros and cons. CAC for Persons with Disabilities Website.
Kim Rau is working with the Department of Information Technology to have a website for the committee. A list of the committee members will be added to the website along with a picture and short biography of the member. Links to the Arc of Prince George's County, Maryland CAC for People with Disabilities will be added to the website.
Next meeting — Thursday, March 11, 2021. After this meeting the committee will start meeting monthly.
There being no further business to come before the committee the meeting was adjourned at 7:19 p.m.
Clerk to the Council