Disability Rights and Resources

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-7948
TTY 711

Disability Rights and Resources, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,
Director

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB) Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Schedule

Approved FY2022 Schedule

Meeting Date Location Items of Note
No meeting in July. N/A

N/A

No meeting in August. N/A N/A
Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Virtual or
Government Center, Rooms 2/3
First meeting of FY 2022. Awards Committee formed.
Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 Virtual

N/A

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 Virtual Vote for Martha Glennan Award Winners.

Monday, Dec. 13, 2021

Virtual
6:30-8:30 pm..

Martha Glennan Awards Ceremony.
No meeting in January. N/A N/A

Monday, Feb. 14, 2022

Virtual 2022 General Assembly Session. FY 2023 proposed budget released.
Monday, Mar. 14, 2022 Virtual

Review of Fairfax County’s 2023 proposed budget.

Establishment of Nominations Committee.

No meeting in April. N/A  N/A
Monday, May 9, 2022 Virtual  Presentation of nominees to the Executive Committee.

Monday, June 13, 2022

 Virtual

Vote on Executive Committee for FY 2023.

Establishment of Legislative Committee.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Virtual  Strategic Initiatives 

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Board Strategic Initiatives Meeting

Public Meeting Notice 

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Strategic Initiatives Meeting

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

Access the Zoom meeting: 

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87509986521

Password: DRR.13.22

Telephone: 888-270-9936

Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please call 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

 

Agenda

3:30-3:35 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call 

3:35-3:40 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

3:40-5:00 p.m. Chair’s Items:

  1. Initiative 8
  2. Initiative 10
  3. Training Brainstorm

5 p.m. Adjourn

 

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda

FY 2022 FA-DSB Priorities

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Executive Committee

Monday, May 9, 2022 Executive Committee Meeting

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

Access the Zoom meeting:

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89466229139

Password: DSBExc5-9!

Telephone: 888-270-9936

Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please call 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

Agenda

5:30–5:40 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call

5:40–5:45 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment & Review of November Minutes

5:45–6:25 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  1. FY 2022 Board Priorities
  2. Engaging with the Community
  3. Fiscal Year-End Discussion 

6:25-6:30 p.m. Adjourn

 

Meeting Materials 

FY 2022 Board Priorities

2021-11-08 Executive Committee Minutes-Draft

 

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Legislative Committee Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2022 Legislative Committee Meeting

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board-Legislative Committee Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

Access the Zoom meeting:

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81475702451

Password: DSBLeg5-9!

Telephone: 888-270-9936

Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please call 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

Agenda

5:30–5:40 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call

5:40–5:45 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

5:45–6:25 p.m. Legislative Committee Meeting Items:

  • FY 2022 Human Services Issue Paper
  • FY 2023 Legislative Brainstorming

6:25–6:30 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

FADSB FY 2022 Human Services Issue Paper

Draft 2022 GA Human Services Issue Paper for updating agencies

Instructions for Updating the Human Services Issue Paper

Sample and Form for New Position Statements - White Paper

2022-05-09 Meeting Minutes

 

 


Past Meetings

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board

Monday, June 13, 2022 Board

Public Meeting Notice 

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Full Board Meeting

Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

Access the Zoom meeting:

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87228692283

Password: FADSB3-13!

Telephone: 888-270-9936

Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please call 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

 

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of May Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair’s Items:

  1. Welcome New Members! (5 minutes)
  2. Michael Davis, Department of Planning and Development (20 minutes)
  3. Approval of FY 2023 Meeting Dates (5 minutes)
  4. Virtual Public Meetings-Policy Updates (5 minutes)
  5. Nominations Committee- FY 2023 Voting (10 minutes)
  6. Legislative Committee- Update (5 minutes)
  7. Celebrate Fairfax (5 minutes)
  8. Board Initiatives- FY 2022 (40 minutes)
  9. General Updates (10 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn
 

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda

Website Access Checklist 

2022-05-09 Meeting Minutes - Draft 

FA-DSB FY 2023 Meeting Schedule

FY 2022 FA-DSB Priorities 6.13.22 

FY 2022 FADSB Priorities

FADSB Parking Presentation

 

Monday, May 9, 2022 Board

Public Meeting Notice 

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Full Board Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2022, at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

Access the Zoom meeting:

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87824052704 

Password: DSBMay9,22

Telephone: 888-270-9936

Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please call 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of March Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair’s Items:

  1. FY 2023 Proposed Budget Testimony- Deborah Hammer (5 minutes)
  2. Nominations Committee- Nominees (15 minutes)
  3. Celebrate Communication- Upcoming events (10 minutes)
  4. Web Accessibility Initiative- Compiled Observations (15 minutes)
  5. Board Initiatives- FY 2022 (60 minutes)
  6. Updates (5 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn
 

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda*

FADSB Board Meeting Accessibility Check List 

FADSB Meeting Website Accessibility Check List May 9

FADSB Board Meeting 2022-03-14 Meeting Minutes Draft

2022-05-09 Board Meeting Minutes Approved

For meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

 

 

 

 

Monday March 14, 2022 Board

Public Meeting Notice 

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Full Board Meeting

Monday, March 14, 2022, at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

Access the Zoom meeting:

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87302180231

Password: FADSB3-14!

Telephone: 8882709936

Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please call 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of February Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair’s Items:

  1. Fiscal Year 2023 Proposed Budget Overview- Claudia Vila (20 minutes)
  2. Selection of Items for FY 2023 Budget Testimony (20 minutes)
  3. Establish Nominations Committee (5 minutes)
  4. Board Initiatives- FY 2022 (40 minutes)
  5. Brainstorm Ideas for Community Engagement (10 minutes)
  6. Updates (5 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda*

FY 2023 Budget Chart

County Executive's Presentation on the FY 2023 Advertised Budget and the FY 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Program (2_2_22)

FY 2022 FA-DSB Priorities

2022-03-14 Meeting Minutes Approved 

For meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

 

 

 

Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, February 14 at 7 p.m.

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88208687530

Password: DSBFeb14!!
 

Telephone: 1-888-270-9936 
Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

Agenda

7-7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of November Minutes

7:05-7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15-8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  1. Welcome New Members!
  2. Annual Lobbying Memorandum
  3. County Services Update - Delali Osei-Boateng
  4. Actions Items for FY 2022
  5. Inclusive Community Engagement Steering Committee
  6. Updates

9 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda*

Annual Lobbying Memorandum

2022 COVID Response

FY 2022 MOD Roster Fairfax Area Disabilities Services Board Members

FY 2022 FA-DSB Priorities

2021-11-08 Meeting Minutes Draft*

FADSB Board Meeting VA Code 2.2-419

02-14-22 Meeting Minutes

For meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

 

Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85729558807
Password: DSBMG123!

Telephone: 1-888-270-9936 
Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda*
Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards Program*

For meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85371660618
Password: FADSBNOV8!

Telephone: 1-888-270-9936 
Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

Agenda

7-7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of September and October Minutes

7:05-7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15-8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  • Joe Jamison, VisitAble – Presentation
  • Martha Glennan Awards Nominees – Vote
  • Action Items for FY 2022
  • Updates

9 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda*
2021-09-13 Meeting Minutes Draft*
2021-10-11 Meeting Minutes Draft*
November Board Priorities*
October Retreat StrengthsFinder Team Building*

2021-11-08 Meeting Minutes Approved

For meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88098208385
Password: FADSB1011!

Live Audio: 1-888-270-9936 
Conference Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

Agenda

6:30–7:30 p.m. Call to Order – Icebreakers/Strength Finder

7:30–9 p.m. Brainstorm/Identify Future Initiatives

9 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda*
September Member Survey Responses*
October Retreat StrengthsFinder Team Building*

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes*

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87987552302
Password: FADSB0913!

Live Audio: 1-888-270-9936 
Code: 627304

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of May Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  • Executive Committee Nominations- Vote
  • FA-DSB Bylaws & Remote Participation Policy
  • FA-DSB Retreat
  • Updates 

9 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

Meeting Notice and Agenda*
2021-06-14 Meeting Minutes Draft*
Remote Participation Policy (Amended 2021-07-01)*

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes*

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Monday, June 14, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, June 14, 2021 at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live audio of the meeting may be accessed by dialing 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 7703575.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

To access via AT&T Bridge call 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 7703575.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of May Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  • FY 2022 FADSB Meeting Dates (10 minutes)
  • Legislative Committee Nomination (10 minutes)
  • Closed Session-Pursuant to Virginia Code Session 2.2-3711(A)(1)
  • Additional Business (10 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

2021-05-10 Board Meeting Minutes Draft*
Draft 2022 GA Human Services Issue Paper*
Instructions for Updating the Human Services Issue Paper*
Sample and Form for New Position Statements*
DSB Meeting Schedule*

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 14, 2021

FA-DSB Members in Attendance:

  • Deborah Hammer, Chair, Mount Vernon District
  • Judith Turcott, Secretary, Fairfax City
  • Tom Bash, At-Large
  • Melandee Canaday-Jones, At-Large
  • Doris Ray, At-Large
  • Deborah Cohen, Braddock District
  • Brandis Ruise, Hunter Mill District
  • Diane Monning, Providence District
  • Mary Pauline Jones, Springfield District 
  • Sailesh Panchang, Sully District

FA-DSB Members Absent from the Meeting: 

  • Andrew Magill, At-Large (excused)
  • Vacant- Vice-Chair
  • Vacant- City of Falls Church
  • Vacant- Lee District
  • Vacant- Mason District

Others Present: Claudia Vila (DFS staff), Karen Kelly (DFS staff), Trina Mayhan-Webb (Adult & Aging Division Director, DFS), Rose Asuquo (Library Access Services)

The board conducted a wholly electronic meeting because the COVID-19 pandemic made it unsafe to physically assemble a quorum in one location or to have the public present.

Board members and staff support accessed the meeting via the Zoom web platform. All board members stated calling from their home. 
Members of the public accessed the meeting via an AT&T call line.

Minutes and Agenda:

1. Call to order: 7 p.m. Roll call was done to establish that a quorum was present and that all could hear. A script was shared about the state of emergency necessitating a virtual meeting. The meeting was recorded via the AT&T line.

2. Approval of Agenda: Proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.

3. Approval of Previous (May 2021) minutes: Minutes were approved, proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.

4. Public Comment: There was no public comment.

5. Meeting Items: 

Deborah Hammer made a motion, at 7:05 p.m., to go into closed session per Virginia Code Section 2.23712. The motion was seconded and the board went into closed session. Staff turned off the AT&T line and closed the meeting from the public.
The board resumed open session at 8 p.m. and the AT&T line was reopened.

1. Motion:  
Deborah Hammer made a motion, per Virginia Code Section 2.23712, that to the best of each member’s knowledge, only matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act were discussed during closed session, and that she moved the meeting now be open to the public. The motion was seconded and passed. The AT&T line was turned back on.

2. Motion:
Deborah motioned that pursuant to FADSB Bylaws, Article VII, D, which states that any officer or board member may be removed at any time by majority vote of the FADSB, that the board move to remove Doris Ray as an At-Large-member of the FADSB and ask that the Chairman’s office appoint a replacement. The motion was seconded and passed. 

3. FY 2022 FADSB Meeting Schedule
Discussion was had regarding the FY 2022 meeting schedule and priorities. Tom Bash discussed existing standing committees and committee structure.  He recommended a more issue-based approach versus a committee system. He proposed doing away with existing standing committees. Judy Turcott stated that we needed closure on mission statement and by-laws. Mary Pauline recommended a “retreat” where these issues could be fleshed out. Further discussion centered around a retreat planned for October 2021 to encompass team building and next steps/areas of focus for the FADSB.  

Deborah brought up a future hybrid board meeting set-up where members can attend virtually in the future, should they need to. Deborah asked Claudia to work with the County Attorney’s Office to  craft language to include this change in the FADSB bylaws.

Deborah motioned to approve the FY 2022 Meeting schedule. It was seconded and passed.
Deborah motioned to add an October 2021 retreat to the schedule. It was seconded and passed.  

Legislative Committee: Brandis Ruise and Judith Turcott volunteered to be part of the Legislative Committee. Claudia will forward information and timelines to these members.  

Rails and Bikeways: Debbie Cohen stated that there was no new information from this committee at this time.  
8:35 p.m. Motion to adjourn was made and seconded. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah.

Monday, May 10, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live audio of the meeting may be accessed by dialing 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 7703575.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

To access via AT&T Bridge call 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 7703575.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of March Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  • Welcome New Board Member- Brandis Ruise (2 minutes)
  • Review of Meeting Expectations (5 minutes)
  • Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism (15 minutes)
  • Continuation of Virtual Board Meetings- Guidance (10 minutes)
  • FY 2022 Nominations- Nominations Committee (15 minutes)
  • DSB Bylaws – Vote (20 minutes)
  • DSB Mission Statement- Vote (20 minutes)
  • CCFAC and AHAC Vacancies (5 minutes)
  • Committee and Liaison Reports (10 minutes)
  • Additional Business (5 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws 2020 April Draft

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws 2021 April Draft*

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values (Draft)

-Draft-

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values

FADSB VISION
Everyone in our community should be able to live a healthy, inclusive, fulfilling life. 

FADSB MISSION
The mission of the Fairfax Area- Disability Service Board is to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families and caregivers who are reside in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The FADSB members also serve as liaisons between the community and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. 

FADSB CORE VALUES
In achieving our mission and vision, we value - Respect. Dignity. Action. Equity. Inclusivity. Engagement. Transparency. 

Thru – 

Respect for the people we serve.
Individual dignity and human rights protection are at the center of the FADSB philosophy.
Quality and comprehensiveness in the advocacy we provide.
Using community engagement and problem solving to make sure services meet the needs of an individual; and remove attitudinal and physical barriers which prevent access to full participation in community life.
Partnering with people with disabilities.
We collaborate with community boards and organizations to advocate for the unique needs of people with disabilities. We recognize individuals and local organizations for their achievements in advocating for and supporting the needs of the community.
Accountability in all that we do.
We recognize our responsibility to the Fairfax-Falls Church-Fairfax City community by striving to effectively advise community leaders and provide transparency to the community. 

Doris’ Comments on and Proposed Revisions to Draft Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values

FADSB VISION
Everyone in our community should be able to live a healthy, inclusive, fulfilling life. 

PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE VISION STATEMENT
Our vision is a welcoming community where all residents and visitors can live, work, recreate, and fully participate in all aspects of society, and are afforded equal access to all public and private programs, services, facilities, activities, and resources the community offers without fear of unnecessary isolation or segregation.
Note:  I propose this change to align with what a local government has the mission and power to do.  What I mean is that the county cannot promise it’s citizens or visitors that they will be healthy or fulfilled in life, but they CAN ensure that the community is accessible and provides a fair and equal opportunity to utilize the benefits of community resources.

FADSB MISSION
The mission of the Fairfax Area- Disability Service Board is to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families and caregivers who are reside in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The FADSB members also serve as liaisons between the community and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. 

ALTERNATIVE MISSION STATEMENT

As a citizen advisory body comprised of individuals with disabilities and advocates, the Mission of the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board is to identify and assess the needs, issues and concerns of the disability community in the Fairfax Area; review and explore county and private resources that can help to address unmet needs; develop and recommend to elected officials potential legislative and policy initiatives that could improve the lives of county residents with disabilities and ensure their full participation in community life; and educate county officials, the public and other stakeholders about the knowledge, sills abilities, and talents that citizens with disabilities can contribute to the community-at-large, including having members serve as liaisons to other county boards, authorities and commissions and informing the disability community of opportunities to do the same, and thereby increase their capacity to assume current and future leadership roles in our community.

Note: I actually like lots of things about the mission statement I saw in the Member Handbook 2020 and this is kind of a rendition of that or trying to intertwine ideas from the current draft with the older one. Usually, mission statements are backed up with goals. Values are usually linked to vision, I seem to recall. By the way, I really like the setup/wording of the letter that is the forward to the Handbook written by Leeann, especially the “We are” section. 

FADSB CORE VALUES
In achieving our mission and vision, we value - Respect. Dignity. Action. Equity. Inclusivity. Engagement. Transparency. 

Thru - 

Respect for the people we serve.
Individual dignity and human rights protection are at the center of the FADSB philosophy. 

Quality and comprehensiveness in the advocacy we provide.
Using community engagement and problem solving to make sure services meet the needs of an individual; and remove attitudinal and physical barriers which prevent access to full participation in community life. 

Partnering with people with disabilities.
We collaborate with community boards and organizations to advocate for the unique needs of people with disabilities.
We recognize individuals and local organizations for their achievements in advocating for and supporting the needs of the community

Accountability in all that we do.
We recognize our responsibility to the Fairfax-Falls Church-Fairfax City community by striving to effectively advise community leaders and provide transparency to the community. 

COMMENT:  Be a catalyst of, and advocate for, needed policy and systems change, e.g., work to get a county affirmative Action Program. Not sure if that is here or in the mission. I would hope we would value the philosophy of consumer-control (people with disabilities having a majority in bodies that make decisions about the issues and policies that affect them and consumer direction which is the concept; that people with disabilities have the right to make their own life choices and to either succeed or fail and thereby develop resilience in future circumstances.

Lastly, the right to equal treatment and equal access by citizens with disabilities is the underpinning of all we do. 

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services, and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.


To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 

Monday, May 10, 2021
  
FA-DSB Members in Attendance:

  • Deborah Hammer, Chair, Mount Vernon District
  • Chester Freedenthal, Vice-Chair, Lee District
  • Judith Turcott, Secretary, Fairfax City
  • Tom Bash, At-Large
  • Andrew Magill, At-Large
  • Doris Ray, At-Large
  • Melandee Canaday-Jones, At-Large
  • Deborah Cohen, Braddock District
  • Brandis Ruise, Hunter Mill District
  • Mary Pauline Jones, Springfield District 
  • Sailesh Panchang, Sully District

FA-DSB Members Absent from the Meeting: 

  • Vacant, City of Falls Church
  • Vacant, Mason District    
  • Vacant, Providence District

DSB Support Staff: Claudia Vila (DFS staff), Karen Kelly (DFS staff), Michael Becketts (DFS Director), Courtney Arroyo (OEM), Rose Asuquo (Library Access Services), ASL interpreter(s).

The board conducted a wholly electronic meeting because the COVID -19 pandemic made it unsafe to physically assemble a quorum in one location or to have the public present. 
 
Board members and staff support accessed the meeting via the Zoom web platform and/or Zoom (ATT) phone access.  

All board members stated calling from their home district with the exception of Melandee Jones, who called in from Wilmington, North Carolina.
 
Members of the public accessed the meeting via an AT&T call line.

Minutes and Agenda:

1.  Call to Order. 7 p.m. Roll call was done to establish that a quorum was present and that all could hear. A script was shared about the state of emergency necessitating a virtual meeting. The meeting was visually recorded due to initial difficulties with the AT&T line. The meeting was also recorded via the AT&T line.

2.   Approval of Agenda: Proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.

3.   Approval of Previous (March 2021) Minutes: Minutes were approved, proposed by Deborah, it was seconded. Chester asked that all board vacancies be listed in the minutes moving forward under the absences section.  

4.  Public Comment: There was no public comment.  

5.  Meeting Items:

  • Welcome New Board Member, Brandis Ruise: Brandis introduced herself and stated that she was excited that she was on the board.
     
  • Review of Meeting Expectations: Deborah reviewed the expectations enumerated in the Meeting Expectations Document.  
     
  • Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism – Michael Becketts, DFS Director: Director Becketts stated that he wanted to be present at the DSB meeting to make himself available to address any questions members may have after attending training. He stated that two frequently asked questions post-training are: (1) Presenters were just giving information – what am I to do the information? Director Becketts stated that the purpose of the training is to get the conversation going and address where people are starting the journey. The second question he often gets is: (2) Why do we lead with race? He stated that while we lead with race, we do not exclude other areas of marginalization. The training provides an opportunity for people to discover the intersection between race and all other areas of a person. He posed the question of how DSB might use the information presented within the board. 

    Tom Bash shared his thoughts about One Fairfax and feels that people with disabilities should be represented more prominently. He requests a Groundwater 2 that might highlight people with disabilities. Director Becketts stated he would commit to looking at how he might bring experts to speak to the area of disabilities. Doris Ray, who attended the Groundwater presentation, was appreciative of the program and the accommodations she received. She would like some additional information about how Boards and Commissions might advise the county. Doris joined Tom in his suggestion to further support the disability community. Doris stated she has some connections to people who may be able to help consult with this initiative. Brandis had wanted to see if the board initiatives might connect with data to support connections with initiatives. Director Becketts stated that we might start asking some more questions about what we know and what we need to know. Doris stated that this might require further future discussion.

    Doris brought up an issue she had recently experienced while trying to complete the One Fairfax Policy Acknowledgement Form. She stated that she was not able to access the document and that it seems to be inaccessible. She filed a concern regarding this issue. Director Becketts stated that he would look at this issue and refer it back to the Equity Office. He stated that he would continue to work with Claudia on the issues discussed.
     
  • Continuation of Virtual Board Meetings – Guidance: Claudia stated that the board of supervisors will be transitioning back to in-person meetings and that this might be something the DSB could think about in the future.  She stated that for now, the recommendation is that the DSB continue to meet virtually. A discussion about pros and cons about meeting in person vs. virtually was discussed. Claudia stated that Fairfax County might be sending out guidance on virtual meetings in the future, but that she has no direct knowledge of if or when that might come out. It was agreed that a hybrid model might be the strongest option for the DSB in the future. Deborah brought up the issue of ensuring a quorum in a hybrid model, as well as whether members’ votes who are calling in would count. 
     
  • FY 2022 Nominations Committee: Mary Pauline has not received any nominations for people who are interested in the Chair or Vice Chair positions at this time. Judith has agreed to continue as secretary.  Chester volunteered to stay on as vice-chair until someone stepped into the chair and vice chair positions. The discussion evolved into whether co-chairs might be an option, but no conclusion was reached.

    Doris asked if the board meets in July and August. She was told the DSB does not meet during those months. She then motioned to set aside the bylaws and reschedule/postpone the release of the slate until June and vote on the slate in September. The motion was seconded and passed.
     
  • DSB Bylaws: Chester presented the bylaws and stated that they are now ready to be sent to the County Attorney’s Office. He asked that a motion be passed. He explained that the bylaws would then be sent back to the DSB for final approval after legal review.  Chester explained that the document he used is a standard template that all BACs are being asked to use. Doris seconded for the purpose of discussion. Sailesh stated that we should include all people with disabilities not just physical and sensory. Doris stated that the history behind the creation of DSBs were so that this group of individuals, who did not have representation, would be recognized. She feels comfortable with the bylaws including "people with disabilities." Deborah expressed that not all persons with I/DD diagnosis were assisted by the CSB and that she believed they should be represented. She stated that she wanted to make sure all people with disabilities are served. Claudia will provide feedback on the bylaws from the county attorney once she receives them. She also mentioned that she was unsure if the DSB had the authority to change the population the board serves, but that she can check with the County Attorney’s Office. She also stated that one thing to note is that changing the scope of who the board serves might also change some of the legislative priorities the DSB has traditionally advocated for, such as the state mandate included every year in the Human Services Issue paper. MaryPauline asked if other BACs that DSB partners with on these issues should be consulted prior to a vote on the bylaws, which include the broader definition of the population the board would serve. Chester expressed frustration at the delay and withdrew his motion or to continue working on the bylaws. He stated that he was excusing himself from the rest of the meeting and exited the call. This agenda item has subsequently tabled.
     
  • DSB Mission Statement – Vote: Deborah tabled this item for the next board meeting.
     
  • Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) and Affordable Housing A Committee (AHAC) Vacancies: Deborah explained that both committees asked that Cookie Blitz continue on as a DSB liaison for the sake of continuity, for the time being. Doris originally volunteered to serve on the committees, but stated she had no objection to having Cookie serve.  Deborah motioned that Cookie be the liaison to the CCFAC and the motion was approved. Cookie will also be the liaison to the AHAC while it undergoes restructuring.
     
  • Committee and Liaison Reports: Tabled until the June meeting.
     
  • Additional Business: There was no additional business reported.  

At 8:58 p.m. a motion to adjourn was made and seconded. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah.

Monday, March 8, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live audio of the meeting may be accessed by dialing 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 37703575.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

To access via AT&T Bridge call 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 37703575.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of February Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  • Sharon Arndt, Director, Community Health Development Division (30 minutes)
  • Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism – Upcoming Training (2 minutes)
  • Review of FY 2022 Proposed Budget (40 minutes)
  • Nominations Committee (18 minutes)
  • DSB Mission Statement (15 minutes)
  • Committee and Liaison Reports (10 minutes)
  • Additional Business (5 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values (Draft)

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values

FADSB VISION
Everyone in our community should be able to live a healthy, inclusive, fulfilling life. 

FADSB MISSION
The mission of the Fairfax Area- Disability Service Board is to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families and caregivers who are reside in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The FADSB members also serve as liaisons between  the community and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. 

FADSB CORE VALUES
In achieving our mission and vision, we value - Respect. Dignity. Action. Equity. Inclusivity. Engagement. Transparency. 

Thru - 

Respect for the people we serve.
Individual dignity and human rights protection are at the center of the FADSB philosophy. 

Quality and comprehensiveness in the advocacy we provide.
Using community engagement and problem solving to make sure services meet the needs of an individual; and remove attitudinal and physical barriers which prevent access to full participation in community life. 

Partnering with people with disabilities.
We collaborate with community boards and organizations to advocate for the unique needs of people with disabilities.

We recognize individuals and local organizations for their achievements in advocating for and supporting the needs of the community

Accountability in all that we do.
We recognize our responsibility to the Fairfax-Falls Church-Fairfax City community by striving to effectively advise community leaders and provide transparency to the community. 

Document

Fairfax County Proposed Budget Plan FY 2022 Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Draft*

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Recording + Meeting Minutes

Meeting Recording


Meeting Meetings

Monday, March 8, 2021   

FA-DSB Members in Attendance:

  • Deborah Hammer, Chair, Mount Vernon District
  • Chester Freedenthal, Vice-Chair, Lee District
  • Judith Turcott, Secretary, Fairfax City
  • Tom Bash, At-Large
  • Andrew Magill, At-Large
  • Doris Ray, At-Large
  • Deborah Cohen, Braddock District
  • Michele "Cookie" Hymen Blitz, Hunter Mill District
  • Vacant, Mason District
  • Vacant, Providence District
  • Mary Pauline Jones, Springfield District 
  • Sailesh Panchang, Sully District

DSB Support Staff: Claudia Vila, Nicole Fagan, Trina Mayan-Webb (Department of Family Services)

Public in Attendance: Colin Brody (Health Department), Cynthia Alarico (Neighborhood and Community Services)

The board conducted a wholly electronic meeting because the COVID-19 pandemic made it unsafe to physically assemble a quorum in one location or to have the public present. 
 
Board members and staff support accessed the meeting via the Zoom web platform and/or Zoom (AT&T) phone access.  All board members stated calling from their home district. 
 
Members of the public accessed the meeting via an AT&T call line.

Minutes and Agenda:

1.  Call to order: 7 p.m. Roll call was done to establish that a quorum was present and that all could hear. A script was shared about the state of emergency necessitating a virtual meeting. 

2.  Approval of Agenda: Proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.

3.  Approval of Previous (February 2021) Minutes: Minutes were approved, proposed by Deborah, it was seconded. Doris asked that the following be reflected: In addition to what is contained in the February minutes, Doris also asked how vaccines could be accessed if one cannot come to a vaccination site, and will those sites be equipped so that they are accessible to persons with disabilities. The February minutes were approved to be addended. Cookie abstained from the approval to the changes to minutes as she was not in attendance at the February meeting. 

4.  Public Comment: There was no public comment.  

5.  Meeting Items:

  • Transportation update: Cynthia Alarico, Human Services Transportation, Mobility Manager, provided a brief presentation on transportation options that her unit is offering. Colin Brody also updated the board on the number of persons who needed and have received in-home vaccination assistance through the Health Department. To date, 106 visits have been completed and 86 are in the queue to be completed. The Health Department is hoping to grow the number of appointments.
     
  • Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism: Claudia Vila reminded the board of the upcoming training and recommended that members register as soon as they can, as she anticipates that registration will fill up quickly.
     
  • Review of FY 2022 Proposed Budget: Claudia Vila and Nicole Fagan presented a budget review to the committee. See the full budget document for details. Some highlights included:

    • Department of Family Services- remained with the same funds with a slight increase in the Self Sufficiency Division,
    • Department of Neighborhood and Community Services- increase of funds to support the increase in calls for assistance,
    • Department of Housing and Community Development- proposed reduction in Fund 30300 by one penny, 
    • Health Department- received funding to continue several positions originally funded via the CARES Act,
    • Diversion First and the Opioid task force also received slight increases. 

Comments were made as to pros and cons of the current budget and questions were asked of staff. Deborah stated that she would be open to continued feedback. The consensus of the FA-DSB is that DSB would thank the board for maintaining the budget at the current level, for supporting the eventual reassignment of nurses to the public schools, and to remind the board that cuts to transportation and ADA enforcement and compliance would be detrimental to our community. Cookie stated that it might be important to reinforce that, like all vulnerable populations, individuals with disabilities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. 

  • Nominations Committee: Deborah reported that she will not run for Chair and Chester stated he would not seek to be Vice-Chair in FY 2022. Judith stated that she would continue to be secretary if nominated. The FY 2022’s Nominating committee was established. Mary Pauline and Melandee volunteered to be this year’s committee members.
     
  • DSB Mission Statement: The mission statement was reviewed by the board. Doris felt that the statement, as it currently reads, does not emphasize the “consumer control” or who we should advocate for as a board. Deborah requested that Doris and any other board member craft any proposed language to the mission statement and get that information to her prior to the next meeting.  
     
  • Committee and Liaison Reports:
     
    • Cookie provided a housing update: Bills HB1971 and HB 1848 pertained to persons with disabilities and offered protections. She was pleased to see this.
    • Debbie provided a transportation update: Active Fairfax transportation plan is looking for feedback. A survey is currently up on their website.
       
  • Additional Business- There was no additional business.  

At 9:01 p.m. a motion was made to adjourn and seconded. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah.  
 

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live audio of the meeting may be accessed by dialing 1-866-434-5269 and entering the code 3743216.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

To access via AT&T Bridge call 1-866-434-5269 and entering the code 3743216.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of January Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  • Review of Expectations (5 minutes)
  • COVID-Forums (5 minutes)
  • DSB Initiatives- Survey Results (50 minutes)
  • By-laws & Mission Statement Review (30 minutes)
  • WMATA/Metro Future Funding (10 minutes)
  • Committee and Liaison Reports (10 minutes)
  • Additional Business (10 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Document

Fairfax County COVID-19 Resource Update*

Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board 2021 Priorities

FA-DSB Members rank the following priorities in order from 1 to 12. 1 being the most important or highest priority and 12 being the least important or lowest priority. 

# Board Priority
  Increased housing for residents with disabilities
  Increased employment by county government of people with disabilities, with putting needed supports in place
  Improved regional transportation options (public and private/rideshare) for people with disabilities
  Ensure all county buildings and facilities meet ADA requirements
  Adoption of Pre-Notification 9-1-1
  Improvements to Functional Needs Registry (FNR)
  Ensure that the needs of residents with disabilities are being met during the pandemic
  Accessibility of all county websites and online services and activities
  Accessibility education for area businesses

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Recording + Meeting Minutes

Meeting Recording


Meeting Minutes

Monday, February 8, 2021  

FA-DSB Members in Attendance:

  • Deborah Hammer, Chair, Mount Vernon District
  • Chester Freedenthal, Vice-Chair, Lee District
  • Deborah Cohen, Braddock District
  • Andrew Magill, At-Large
  • Sailesh Panchang, Sully District
  • Doris Ray, At-Large
  • Melandee Jones Canady, At-Large
  • MaryPauline Jones, Springfield

FA-DSB Members Absent from the Meeting: 

  • Michele “Cookie” Hymen Blitz, Hunter Mill District (excused)
  • Judith Turcott, Secretary, Fairfax City (excused)

DSB Support Staff: Claudia Vila, Nicole Fagan, Trina Mayhan-Webb, Michael Becketts (Department of Family Services/DFS)

Others Present: ASL interpreter(s), Laura Tollin (member of the public), Eileen McCartin (Northern VA Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons/NVRC), Courtney Arroyo (Office of Emergency Management/OEM), Nancy Tubbs (Legal Services of Northern VA/LSNV).

The board conducted a wholly electronic meeting because the COVID-19 pandemic made it unsafe to physically assemble a quorum in one location or to have the public present. 

Board members and staff support accessed the meeting via the Zoom web platform. All board members stated calling from their home district. 

Members of the public accessed the meeting via an AT&T call line.

Minutes and Agenda:

  1. Call to order: 7:02 p.m.
  2. Approval of Agenda: Proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.
  3. Approval of Previous (Month/Year) minutes: Proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.
  4. Public Comment: 

The following individuals were present and introduced themselves:

  1. Nancy Tubbs, LSNV, works with children and youth with disabilities.
  2. Laura Tollin, member of the public.
  3. Courtney Arroyo, OEM.
  4. Eileen McCartin, NVRC, introduced herself via the chat feature.

Meeting Items: 

Chair’s Items:

1. Director Becketts

Director Becketts provided a brief update on the work the county has been doing around COVID-19. He highlighted that Disability Rights and Resources (DRR) has been providing ongoing accessibility training to staff on how best to accommodate persons with disabilities in a virtual environment. Additionally, DRR has created and shared a How-To Zoom Accessibility Guide amongst DFS and other county agencies. It has additionally provided technical assistance to other county agencies around virtual accessibility and reasonable accommodation requests. DFS has been taking the lead on accessibility and inclusivity for all residents. Director Becketts also highlighted DRR’s Access Fairfax e-news and how it has been a source for COVID-19 related information for persons with disabilities. Additionally, it was emphasized that DFS continues to deliver meals to individuals who cannot leave their homes.  Doris Ray asked for an update regarding efforts being made to accommodate persons who could not otherwise drive to the county buildings to receive services, such as the vaccine. Director Becketts stated he and Adult and Aging Division Director, Trina Mayhan-Webb, had been in conversations with the Health Department on ways in which they can outreach to and provide services for individuals who cannot leave their homes. Doris also asked how vaccines could be accessed if one cannot come to a vaccination site, and will those sites be equipped so that they are accessible to persons with disabilities. Claudia will provide an update on this initiative at the March board meeting. Tom Bash suggested that the Health Department consider partnering with OEM to reach those individuals currently signed up for the Functional Needs Registry. Courtney Arroyo stated that OEM had been reaching out to that target population and identifying needs. Sailesh Panchang asked if HIPPA privacy laws could be relaxed under this new environment such that the county could obtain direct client information from private medical providers. Director Becketts stated that the Health Department was working closely with primary care facilities, hospitals, and pharmacies to ensure coordination once the vaccine is made available.  

2. Review of Expectations 

a. Deborah Hammer announced that Ayman Eldarwish had, unfortunately, resigned from the board. She then asked that everyone review the Meeting Expectations document. She read the text aloud and asked if there were any questions. Doris Ray questioned the chat feature of Zoom and whether it was accessible. Sailesh Panchang stated that he too has difficulties with the chat feature. Additionally, he stated that the screen reader does read the chat dialogue and would him to communicate in chat, should he want to.

b. MaryPauline Jones asked that the board consider extending the meetings by half an hour. A discussion ensued about its feasibility, but no decision was voted on.

3. COVID-Forums 

a. Claudia stated that both events were taking place that Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. She stated that they had a good turnout thus far. Additionally, she stated they were asking for questions in advance and encouraged the board to do so. Closed captioning and ALS interpretive services would be provided.  

4. DSB Initiatives- Survey Results 

a. The board reviewed the survey results and the priorities the group identified.  Chester Freedenthal stated that some of these initiatives were already being worked on and asked Tom Bash for a Pre-Notification update. Tom Bash stated he had met with several Supervisors in the winter of 2019, but that since the pandemic things had been put on hold.  

5. By-laws & Mission Statement Review

a. Chester Freedenthal stated that the new document contains about 70% of the old bylaws and some new language modeled after the sample by-laws the county distributed last year. He mentioned having received comments from a few board members and asked that any other input be sent to him as soon as possible.  Chester mentioned the possibility of two-member workgroups as the board moved forward with these initiatives in the future.  

6. WMATA/Metro Future Funding 

a. Doris Ray provided a WMATA update. WMATA received federal relief funding and will announce budget hearings soon. She will continue to update the board as things develop.  

7. Committee and Liaison Reports 

a. Chester Freedenthal stated that the ADA committee had not met but that he does keep abreast of any news that might come out of the Mid-Atlantic group and other disability related organizations.

b. Chester stated that the Public Safety and Emergency Management committee had also not met since the pandemic but that he was extremely pleased with OEM’s efforts to provide COVID-related information to the disability community.

c. Deborah Cohen provided a Trails & Sidewalks committee update. She stated that their committee been brought into the Active Fairfax Transportation planning.  There will be a public input survey out in the weeks to come.  

8. Additional Business 

a. Deborah Hammer asked if there was any interest in having a DSB Social. This would not be a public meeting, therefore there could be no discussion of any DSB related work or initiatives. She asked that the board think of a day during the week that might work.  

Motion to adjourn was made Chester Freedenthal and seconded by MaryPauline Jones at 8:38 p.m. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah Hammer.  

Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, Nov. 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live audio of the meeting may be accessed by dialing 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 7703575.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

To access via AT&T Bridge call 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 7703575.

Agenda

7–7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of October Minutes

7:05–7:15 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair's Items:

  • Colin Brody, Assistant Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator- COVID-19 Update (35 minutes)
  • Nicole Fagan- Update on County Resources (15 minutes)
  • DSB Initiatives- Survey Results (60 minutes)
  • WMATA/Metro Future Funding (10 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Document

Fairfax County COVID-19 Resource Update*

Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board 2021 Priorities

FA-DSB Members rank the following priorities in order from 1 to 12. 1 being the most important or highest priority and 12 being the least important or lowest priority. 

# Board Priority
  Increased housing for residents with disabilities
  Increased employment by county government of people with disabilities, with putting needed supports in place
  Improved regional transportation options (public and private/rideshare) for people with disabilities
  Ensure all county buildings and facilities meet ADA requirements
  Adoption of Pre-Notification 9-1-1
  Improvements to Functional Needs Registry (FNR)
  Ensure that the needs of residents with disabilities are being met during the pandemic
  Accessibility of all county websites and online services and activities
  Accessibility education for area businesses
  Adoption of revised by-laws
  Adoption of FADSB mission statement and goals
  Increased participation in other boards and committees and ensure that they are accessible to all persons with disabilities

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Recording + Meeting Minutes

Meeting Recording


Meeting Minutes*

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Executive Committee

Monday, March 8, 2021 Executive Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live audio of the meeting may be accessed by dialing 1-877-402-9757 and entering the code 1789207.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

To access via AT&T Bridge call 1-877-402-9757 and entering the code 1789207.

Agenda

5:30–5:40 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call

5:40–5:45 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment and Review of November Minutes

5:45–6:25 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  • FY 2022 Budget Review
  • DSB Mission Statement Review
  • Other Business 

6:30 p.m. Adjourn

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values (Draft)

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values

FADSB VISION
Everyone in our community should be able to live a healthy, inclusive, fulfilling life. 

FADSB MISSION
The mission of the Fairfax Area- Disability Service Board is to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families and caregivers who are reside in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The FADSB members also serve as liaisons between  the community and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. 

FADSB CORE VALUES
In achieving our mission and vision, we value - Respect. Dignity. Action. Equity. Inclusivity. Engagement. Transparency. 

Thru - 

Respect for the people we serve.
Individual dignity and human rights protection are at the center of the FADSB philosophy. 

Quality and comprehensiveness in the advocacy we provide.
Using community engagement and problem solving to make sure services meet the needs of an individual; and remove attitudinal and physical barriers which prevent access to full participation in community life. 

Partnering with people with disabilities.
We collaborate with community boards and organizations to advocate for the unique needs of people with disabilities.

We recognize individuals and local organizations for their achievements in advocating for and supporting the needs of the community

Accountability in all that we do.
We recognize our responsibility to the Fairfax-Falls Church-Fairfax City community by striving to effectively advise community leaders and provide transparency to the community. 

Document

Fairfax County Proposed Budget Plan FY 2022 Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Draft*

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Recording + Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes*

For meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426, TTY 711.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 Executive Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live audio of the meeting may be accessed by dialing 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 8628844.

Meeting materials will be posted on our website or contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

For ADA accommodations, please contact 703-324-5426. TTY: VA Relay 711.

To access via AT&T Bridge call 1-877-336-1829 and entering the code 8628844.

Agenda

5:30–5:40 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of January Minutes

5:40–5:45 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment & Review of November Minutes

5:45–6:25 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  • DSB By-laws Review
  • DSB Mission Statement Review
  • DSB Survey Results Review
  • DSB Vacancies

6:30 p.m. Adjourn

Document

Fairfax County COVID-19 Resource Update*

Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board 2021 Priorities

FA-DSB Members rank the following priorities in order from 1 to 12. 1 being the most important or highest priority and 12 being the least important or lowest priority. 

# Board Priority
  Increased housing for residents with disabilities
  Increased employment by county government of people with disabilities, with putting needed supports in place
  Improved regional transportation options (public and private/rideshare) for people with disabilities
  Ensure all county buildings and facilities meet ADA requirements
  Adoption of Pre-Notification 9-1-1
  Improvements to Functional Needs Registry (FNR)
  Ensure that the needs of residents with disabilities are being met during the pandemic
  Accessibility of all county websites and online services and activities
  Accessibility education for area businesses
  Adoption of revised by-laws
  Adoption of FADSB mission statement and goals
  Increased participation in other boards and committees and ensure that they are accessible to all persons with disabilities

 

Draft: Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Vision, Mission, and Values

FADSB Vision
Everyone in our community should be able to live a healthy, inclusive, fulfilling life. 

FADSB Mission
The mission of the Fairfax Area- Disability Service Board is to advocate for individuals and families of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church who are affected by disabilities and serve as liaisons between the community and the Board of Supervisors. 

FADSB Core Values
In achieving our mission and vision, we value - Respect. Dignity. Action. Equity. Inclusivity. Engagement. Transparency. 

Thru - 

Respect for the people we serve.
Individual dignity and human rights protection are at the center of the FADSB philosophy. 

Quality and comprehensiveness in the advocacy we provide.
Using community engagement and problem solving to make sure services meet the needs of an individual; and remove attitudinal and physical barriers which prevent access to full participation in community life.
 
Partnering with people with disabilities.
Using the power of teamwork, and taking our direction from those with disabilities, we strive to "get things done" and recognize individual and community achievement. 

Accountability in all that we do.
We recognize our responsibility to the Fairfax-Falls Church-Fairfax City community by striving to effectively advise community leaders and provide transparency to the community. 

Bylaws of Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (As of 05/2019)

Bylaws of Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (As of 05/2019)*

To request reasonable accommodations or obtain meeting materials, contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Meeting Recording + Meeting Minutes

Meeting Recording


Meeting Minutes

Virtual Meeting on Zoom

FA-DSB Members in Attendance

  • Deborah Hammer, Chair, Mount Vernon District
  • Chester Freedenthal, Vice-Chair, Lee District
  • Judith Turcott, Secretary, Fairfax City 

Others Present

  • Claudia Vila, Manager, Disability Rights and Resources
  • Nicole Fagan, Staff, Disability Rights and Resources

The board conducted a wholly electronic meeting because the COVID-19 pandemic made it unsafe to physically assemble a quorum in one location or to have the public present. 

Board members and staff support accessed the meeting via the Zoom web platform. All board members stated calling from their home district. 

Members of the public accessed the meeting via an AT&T call line.

FA-DSB Executive Committee Items Discussed During the Meeting

Minutes and Agenda:

Call to order: 5:30 p.m. Roll call was done to establish that a quorum was present and that all could hear. A script was shared about the state of emergency necessitating a virtual meeting. 

Public Comment: There was no public comment.

Executive Committee Meeting Items:  

Review of November Minutes - approved as presented.

Summary of Changes Made to DSB Bylaws

Chester is currently working on the final changes to the by-laws. Members should send any changes to Claudia who will, in turn, send to Chester. Then a copy will be sent to all committee members for final comments and subsequent approval. Claudia will then provide input of the final draft before it goes to the County Attorney’s Office. Anticipate full board spring approval.   

DSB Mission Statement Review

There was a discussion of the DSB Mission Statement. Claudia provided real-time track changes to the document based on the committee’s feedback. A copy will be shared with the full board at the March meeting. A discussion took place regarding future collaboration with other DSB boards in Northern Virginia.  

DSB Survey Results Review

The committee reviewed the survey results and the priorities identified in it. Web accessibility was mentioned as an item of particular interest to the committee. Claudia stated that there might be a county work dedicated to web accessibility and that she will inquire about it. The DSB would be interested in consulting with this group, if possible. 

DSB Vacancies

There are currently four board vacancies. The open positions are in Falls Church, Providence, Mason, and Dransville districts. Deborah would be interested in reaching out to the respective supervisors and urge them to advertise the vacancies.  

Additional Business

There was a discussion around the County’s disability Facebook page. Claudia stated that an internal decision was made to fold in any Disability Rights and Resources information into the general DFS page. She stated that OPH is currently determining how to utilize the existing disability Facebook page. The committee expressed a desire to preserve the page so that there could be an outlet for sharing disability-related news/events.  

Motion to adjourn was made and seconded at 6:40 p.m. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah.  

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