ADA Advisory Committee

                                                                  Meeting Minutes

                                                                  March 1,  2001

                                                  5:30 p.m., Mendenhall Valley Library

I.          Roll Call

Members Present:         Matt Kemp, Cheryl Hull,Pamela Mueller-Guy, Rita Bowen, Earl Clark, Ken Dean

Members Absent:         Robert Gregovich,Beau Kelly, Lolus Westbrooks

Staff Present:                John Kern, Transit Manager

Others Present: Janet Olmstead, Interpreter

The meeting was called to order at 5:35 p.m. at the Mendenhall Valley Library by Hull, Chair.  A quorum was present. 

II          Public Participation on Non-agenda Items:        None

III.       Approval of Agenda:    Add to New Business, Item A. Closed Captioning.  Add to Old Business, Item A. Hugh Gallagher Presentation and Item B. Taxi Cabs; change Item A Subcommittee Reports to Item C.

IV.       Approval of Minutes - February 1, 2001 approved unanimously.

V.        New Business

A.        Closed Captioning: Mueller-Guy reports on KTOO’s closed captioning of the program “Gavel to Gavel”.  KTOO is looking for sponsors to fund the closed captioning of this program.

Mueller-Guy is investigating the requirements for closed captioning in theatres.  It appears the regulations implementing the ADA do require closed captioning if they have 20 viewers and give five weeks notice.  Mueller-Guy will try to obtain better numbers for persons with hearing disabilities in Alaska and report back at the next meeting.

VI.       Old Business

A.        Hugh Gallagher Presentation: Dean reports on his attendance at the presentation on disability rights and physician assisted suicide.  Discussion by the Committee follows.

B.         Taxi Cabs: Dean updates the Committee on activities regarding accessible taxi cabs in the community.

C.        Subcommittee Reports

1.         Recognition Meeting - March 19th at the Assembly Chambers will not work for some Committee members.  Hull will reschedule for a later date.

2.         Education Committee - Hull updates members on activities with the School district.  The Committee discusses the needs of students with disabilities.

3.         TTY Phones - Mueller-Guy updates the Committee on activities and contacts to place TTY phones in Nugget Mall.  She plans to work with each mall in the future.

VII.      Chair Report

Hull reminds the Committee of the upcoming Key Campaign, March 14 and 15.  Persons from across the State will be in Juneau to lobby the legislature on disability issues.

VIII.     Agenda Items for Next Meeting - None

IX.       Adjournment - This regular meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.  The next meeting will be April 5, 2001.