President’s Council on Disabilities
Minutes from October 24, 2012 Meeting
The group discussed the existing subcommittees of the President’s Council. A sign-up sheet was passed around and members expressed their preferences about committee assignment.
II. Presentation by Ann Smith and Sara Henry regarding the Student Experience Project
Ann and Sara described a project conducted by Nick Runco while he worked for UMA in Disability Support Services (Nick is now working for Academic Support for Athletes here at UMaine). Nick gave students (some with disabilities, some without) cameras and asked them to take photographs of their experience at UMA. Many of the pictures were of physical plant. Overall, the photos gave UMA staff information about the student experience on their campus.
The group discussed how this could be a very effective mechanism for providing different information and perspective to UMaine if we were to try a similar project on our campus. It was mentioned that the project should be discussed with the Human Subjects Committee on campus to ensure that all appropriate protocols were being observed.
III. Committee Reports:
Chair John Gregory mentioned the recent efforts by the Web Office to improve consistency and branding. He noted that accessibility should be part of this movement as well.
On the academic side, John mentioned that UMaine is using a new version of Blackboard. If you are a Blackboard user, please provide feedback to John as to whether this is better or worse in terms of accessibility.
Chair Sara Henry noted that Website completed last year. Group expressed interest in working on issues that relate to disabilities that are not obvious this year.
Chair Ann Smith noted that some of this committee’s work will be a continuation of projects begun last year. The group was invited to share concerns regarding physical plant with this committee.