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

Note: To request reasonable accommodations or to receive meeting information in an alternate format, please contact Claudia Vila by email or call 703-324-5426.


Meeting Schedule

Approved FY 2021 Schedule

Meeting Date Location Items of Note
Monday, July 13, 2020, 7-9 p.m. Virtual

Vote in new Executive Committee.

No meeting in August. N/A N/A
Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, 7-9 p.m. Government Center, Rooms 2/3 First meeting of FY 2021. Award Committee begins.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, 7-9 p.m. Government Center, Room 120-C

Date changed due to Columbus Day holiday.

November - No meeting. N/A N/A

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, 7-9 p.m.

Government Center, Rooms 2/3 Martha Glennan Awards Ceremony.
Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 Virtual  

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, 7-9 p.m.

Government Center, Room # To Be Determined 2021 General Assembly Session. FY 2022 proposed budget released.
Monday, Mar. 15, 2021, 7-9 p.m. Government Center, Room # To Be Determined

Review of Fairfax County’s 2022 proposed budget.

Establishment of Nominations Committee.

April - No meeting. N/A  N/A
Monday, May 10, 2021, 7-9 p.m. Government Center, Room # To Be Determined Presentation of nominees to the Executive Committee.

Monday, June 14, 2021, 7-9 p.m.

Government Center, Room # To Be Determined

Vote on Executive Committee for FY 2022.

Establishment of Legislative Committee.

Upcoming Meetings

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 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 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.

Past Meetings

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*

*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

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.  
 

Meeting Recording

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*

*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

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 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 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

Meeting Minutes

Coming Soon

Meeting Recording

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 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 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)*

*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

Executive Committee 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.

Meeting Recording

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 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 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

Meeting Minutes

Board 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.

Meeting Recording

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 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 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

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:

  • City Center NOVA-Guest Speaker (30 minutes)
  • County Usage of Clear Facemasks (10 minutes)
  • DSB Meeting Guidelines Update (5 minutes)
  • DSB Bylaws-Update (40 minutes)
  • DSB Mission Statement (20 minutes)
  • Martha Glennan Awards Update (5 minutes)
  • Liaison/Committee Reports & Vacancies (5 minutes)
  • Review of minutes (5 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Documents

Monday, Oct. 19 Meeting Minutes Review*

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws 2019 May*

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws 2020 September Draft*

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws PowerPoint 2020 November Status*

*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

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
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
  • Michele “Cookie” Hymen Blitz, Hunter Mill District
  • Deborah Cohen, Braddock District
  • Andrew Magill, At-Large
  • Sailesh Panchang, Sully District

FA-DSB Members Absent from the Meeting: 

  • Ayman Eldarwish, Mason District
  • Doris Ray, At-Large
  • Kelly Simoneaux, Providence District
  • Mary Pauline Jones, Springfield District - excused at 8 p.m.

DSB Support Staff: Claudia Vila, Diana Cottrill, Trina Mayhan-Webb

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 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 (October 2020) Minutes: Minutes were approved, proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.

4. Public Comment: Laura Tollin, member of the public joined via Zoom. She received information from the staff that supports the FA-DSB.  

5. Meeting Items: 

  • City Center NOVA - Guest Speakers, Paula Mannion and Donna Budway. Donna gave a very informative presentation on this program. City Center NOVA are small clusters of communities for people with disabilities in the area. Additional communities are planned in Arlington County (two properties), Fairfax County, Herndon, and Alexandria City. The importance of community has been emphasized throughout this process. The name of this organization will be changed to "Our Stomping Ground" Northern VA. as of Jan. 2021.
     
  • County Usage of Clear Facemasks - This was identified as one of the COVID-19 concerns by the DSB. The DSB asked Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to wear clear face masks at their meetings. The response was that they could not. Andrew Magill further encouraged the Board to wear the masks. Laura Tollin commented that it is difficult to see facial expressions through the clear facial masks. The Board of Supervisors currently does not have "live" sign language interpretation during meetings. There was discussion regarding writing a letter to support a sign language interpreter for all meetings of the Board of Supervisors. Andrew agreed to draft a letter to support sign language interpreters at all the meetings and will forward to Deborah.
     
  • DSB Meeting Guidelines - the guidelines will remain the same except for the length of time members can speak, which will be reduced from five minutes to two or three minutes at a time. Members may be asked to stop talking by the chair. 
     
  • FOIA guidelines - Due to the way FOIA rules are written, a board member may only contact one board member at a time. Comments to the entire board should be sent to Claudia who will disseminate the information to the entire board. Board members are asked to remind each other regarding these communication rules. 
     
  • DSB Bylaws Update - Chester gave a presentation about why the Bylaws were changed. This is accessible in documents sent to all board members. Chester reviewed the changes from 2019 to 2020. Chester added comments regarding information to be considered by the entire board. Please send comments/questions to Claudia for the executive committee. The executive committee will review and respond to the questions. An additional draft will be completed after comments/questions and submitted to the entire board for review. The bylaws will then be reviewed by the county attorney and will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors. We hope to have the new bylaws fully approved and in place by mid-2021.  

    Cookie stated reasons for writing that we meet every month vs not every month. There was a point of clarification requiring a monthly meeting vs a guideline of monthly meeting.

    Andrew commented that meetings in the summer may increase attendance in the community. Laura commented that we might have meetings for 11 months and not 12.

    Claudia commented that staff time commitment is exponentially increased with virtual meetings. At this time, staff support is currently down by 50%. It is not anticipated that staff support will be increased for one to two more years.  

    Deborah encouraged feedback to Claudia for any information regarding the bylaws.  
     
  • DSB Mission Statement - Chester updated the mission statement and Deborah stated that not all the newer members may not have understood the mission and purpose of the FA-DSB. This statement will be revised and sent out to members prior to the January meeting.
     
  • Martha Glennan Awards Update - Deborah encouraged every member of the Board to attend the December 14 Awards at 6:30 p.m. Board of Supervisors, Chairman McKay will be giving remarks at 6:40 p.m. This is a virtual awards ceremony. Thank you to Mary Pauline and Debbie for coordinating and making the selections for this award.  The next official FA-DSB meeting will be in Jan. 2021.
     
  • Liaison/Committee Reports and Vacancies 
    a. Deborah - attended the Equity Task Force meeting. Deborah was able to bring "disability" to the table as this was the first time that people with disabilities were considered at this Task Force meeting.   
    b. Deborah - WIN meeting, but was unable to attend. 
    c. Chester - Disability and Volunteering Task Force - the purpose is to identify areas where people with disabilities may be able to volunteer in Fairfax County. It is a large group.  
    d. We need a volunteer to sit on Trails, Sidewalks and Bikeways Committee.   
     
  • Fairfax County has started to think about dispensing the COVID-19 vaccine. The county wants to make sure it is accessible to all individuals, particularly those with disabilities.  
     
  • A round robin of members was conducted to see if anyone had any further comments. Chester reinforced the fact that attendance at meetings is important.  
     
  • Review of minutes for Nov. meeting. 

Motion to adjourn was made and seconded. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah at 8:52 p.m.

Meeting Recording

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Executive Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 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 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

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. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  • Summary of Changes Made to DSB Bylaws
  • DSB Mission Statement
  • Board Goals for FY 2021

6:30 p.m. Adjourn

Documents

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws 2019 May*

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws 2020 September Draft*

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Bylaws PowerPoint 2020 November Status*

*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

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
FA-DSB Members in Attendance

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

DSB Support Staff: Claudia Vila, Manager, Disability Rights and Resources

Public in attendance: Diana Cottrill, Department of Family 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 district. 
 
Members of the public accessed the meeting via an AT&T call line.

Minutes and Agenda:

1. Call to order: 5:35 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. Public Comment: There was no public comment.

FA-DSB Executive Committee Items Discussed During the Meeting

  • Summary of Changes Made to DSB Bylaws: 
    There was a discussion of the bylaws. The method of feedback from Board members will be through Claudia Vila not directly to the executive board members.  Each suggestion from board members will be discussed and addressed through the executive board. The Board is not an action oriented board but is in fact an advisory board to the Board of Supervisors.  
     
  • DSB Mission Statement: 
    There was a discussion of the DSB Mission Statement. All views and suggestions were considered, and the mission statement will be updated.  
     
  • Board Goals for FY 2021
    Deborah stated that she would like to have some accomplishments that we have completed each year, possibly in the form of an annual report. Chester will provide an example of our accomplishments of both the individual board members and the achievements of the entire board. Chester stated we need to consider how our board can reach out to other BAC's in Fairfax County in order to get rid of attitudinal and physical barriers and allow people with disabilities to serve on a variety of boards throughout the County. Claudia stated that this is also supported by her office in Fairfax County.  

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

Drafts of notes submitted by Judith Turcott, FA-DSB secretary (11.9.2020)

Meeting Recording

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Full Board Meeting

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 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 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

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

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

7:15–8:55 p.m. Chair’s Items:

  • Upcoming Elections and Accessibility (20 minutes)
  • FA-DSB Meeting Guidelines (10 minutes)
  • Martha Glennan Awards-Recipients (10 minutes)
  • COVID Response (40 minutes)
  • Liaison/Committee Reports & Vacancies (15 minutes)
  • Review of minutes (5 minutes)

9 p.m. Adjourn

Documents

Application Forms Not Accessible to Many with Disabilities, as Deadlines Loom*

*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.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Residents of Fairfax County with Disabilities
Issue Population Most Affected Potential Solution
Transportation options cut with fewer bus and metro routes and ride share options more limited.

Elderly individuals; people who are blind and visually impaired; people who have physical disabilities; people with developmental disabilities.

 
Medical professionals and first responders with limited knowledge of how to accommodate people with disabilities. All people with disabilities. Continued training for all new emergency personnel.
Closed respite services. Children with developmental disabilities; older adults with dementia.  
Home-service therapists, caregivers, and other providers who are not able to safely come in. Children and adults with developmental disabilities; adults with physical disabilities; people with severe health conditions, elderly.  
People wearing masks that obscure their mouths. People who are deaf or hard of hearing. Distribute masks that have a clear panel to health care providers and first responders.  The county has ordered clear facemasks as of Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Closed schools/distance learning and limited ability to access online resources. Children with disabilities who require and Individual Education Plan, with goals, services, and accommodations to support accessing the general education curriculum.  
Closed day-support programs and lack of access to therapies, enrichment, and socialization. Adults with developmental disabilities.  

Closed recreation centers and parks and lack of therapeutic recreations activities.

Children and adults with all disabilities.  
Closed counseling and psychiatric offices. People with emotional or psychiatric disabilities who do not have access to tele-therapy.  
Severe Hydroxychloroquine shortage. People with Lupus with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Limit access to those with prior prescriptions (this has been done in many states and localities).
Shortages of personal protective gear, gloves, soap and rubbing alcohol. People with health conditions and those requiring wound care or assistance with activities of daily living.  

Discrimination concerns within hospital settings due to disabilities.

People with various communication and mobility disabilities, as well as people with a complex medical history.  
Break in care if caregiver becomes ill. All people with disabilities who require assistance with life tasks..  

Concerns around being transferred to a co-habitation setting that is high risk for exposure (such as, nursing homes).

All people with or without disabilities.  
Experiencing non-compliance with ADA accessibility during reduced quarantine restrictions and subsequent reopening. People with physical and sensory disabilities. Those with health conditions which would leave them susceptible to COVID-19.  
Continuation of Metro Access Services. For individuals with disabilities that need access to grocery and pharmacy shopping.  
Telehealth services- glitches. Individual with cognitive disabilities struggle with telephone-based appointments.  
Residential communal living (group homes, assisted living) with reduced access to family and friends. Can leave persons with disabilities at a higher risk for abuse in isolation.  

Meeting Minutes

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
FA-DSB Members in Attendance:

  • Deborah Hammer, Chair, Mount Vernon District
  • Judith Turcott, Secretary, Fairfax City
  • Tom Bash, At-Large
  • Michele “Cookie” Hymen Blitz, Hunter Mill District
  • Deborah Cohen, Braddock District
  • Mary Pauline Jones, Springfield District 
  • Andrew Magill, At-Large
  • Sailesh Panchang, Sully District
  • Doris Ray, At-Large

FA-DSB Members Absent from the Meeting: 

  • Chester Freedenthal, Vice-Chair, Lee District (excused)
  • Ayman Eldarwish, Mason District (excused)
  • Kelly Simoneaux, Providence District

DSB Support Staff: Claudia Vila, Nicole Fagan

Public in attendance: Courtney Arroyo, Gary Scott

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 conference call line.

Minutes and Agenda:

1. Call to order: 7:05 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 September minutes: Minutes were approved, proposed by Deborah, it was seconded by Judith. Doris Ray requested to be put in the minutes that she was abstaining from approval of the September minutes as she was unable to attend the meeting in September due to technical difficulties.  

4. Public Comment: Courtney Arroyo, Fairfax Office of Emergency Management reported that all 258 voting locations received boxes of clear face masks requested by the FA-DSB. 

5. Guest Speaker: Gary Scott, Director of Elections Fairfax County.  The following questions were asked and answered:

  • Are people with disabilities able to skip long lines when waiting to vote? All polling places are equipped with audible ballots, voting machines. He stated there are no specific guidelines to move people with mobility issues to move to the front of the line, but the option to have a ballot to be brought curbside is available.
     
  • How would someone with a disability indicate the ability to vote curbside? Every polling area has at least 3 parking places to have a curbside vote. There is a number to call to access an election officer who will be called to be able to come to the car and help with the process.
     
  • How does a person with a significant hearing impairment with a sign language interpreter be able to vote? Most people can use typical voting machines. There are election officers available to be able to help.
     
  • Are there alternative formats of Absentee ballots for voters with visual impairments? Concerns were raised about varying signatures to make sure the vote would be disqualified. Virginia does not complete signature matching.  
     
  • Do all early voting stations have an audible ballot? Yes, they are available.  

6. FA-DSB Committees: Sailesh Panchang, Sully District: the document included in the DA-FSB was developed by his company to make mail in ballots accessible and this was an initiative to be completed across 50 states and DQ offered to make ballots free of charge. Sailesh discussed the technical aspects of this type of document.  

Doris commented on the article. Doris brought up that if you had to print an absentee ballot and if you do not have access to a printer that could be difficult. This is an important accessibility point - not having access to a printer. Deborah stated that no witnesses for voting were required this year. 

FA-DSB Guidelines for Meetings: Deborah asked that these Guidelines be shared on the screen. With only two hours for each meeting, the committee ran out of time for a previous meeting and therefore these guidelines were developed to allow completing board business and maintaining a quorum.  

Discussion: Doris is unable to raise hand due to the fact she is unable to do this due to technology, if the technology is not available - the chair states that it was ok to verbalize a request to speak. It is felt it to be unfair that items be put in chat as it is not equitable technology. Claudia offered to monitor the chat box and forward chat box information through her email. 

Martha Glennon Awards: As reported by Mary Pauline, Selections this year were difficult. 
Organization: ServiceSource
Individual: Diane Monning, ARC of Northern Virginia
Mary Pauline motioned to accept the awardees and Debra Cohen seconded.
Discussion around how the awards were decided this year vs in the past years. Doris would like to register as abstaining to the vote for the Martha Glennon Awards.
COVID-19 Response: Deborah read the Impacts of COVID-19 on Residents of Fairfax County with Disabilities. 
See full document for details. Deborah requested for potential solutions. Discussion from multiple members of the committee about insights and potential solutions was completed.  

Liaison/Committee Reports and Vacancies:

Housing: Cookie stated that the main thing she has done is liaise through people with other committees to make the needs for people with disabilities known. 

Mobility and Transportation: Doris Ray - This committee has not been meeting. May want to coordinate with the long-term care council. Concerns about cuts in metro bus service. Consider the idea to send information to the Fairfax County Board member who liaises with the WMATA board to state concerns about service cuts.

Employment: Judy Turcott - Reconsider role and how to use the employment resources and advocacy going forward.  

Retreat committee: Visioning committee has been valuable before, table for a future meeting.  

Education Committee: Liaison is currently vacant. 

9 p.m. Motion to adjourn was made and seconded. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah.  

Meeting Recording

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 Executive Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 at 6 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

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.

  • Executive Committee Meeting Items:
  • Summary of the FA-DSB Bylaw Changes
  • Guideline Implementation at FA-DSB Meetings
  • Board Goals for FY 2021

6:25–6:30 p.m. Adjourn

Impacts of COVID-19 on Residents of Fairfax County with Disabilities
Issue Population Most Affected Potential Solution
Transportation options cut with fewer bus and metro routes and ride share options more limited.

Elderly individuals; people who are blind and visually impaired; people who have physical disabilities; people with developmental disabilities.

 
Medical professionals and first responders with limited knowledge of how to accommodate people with disabilities. All people with disabilities. Continued training for all new emergency personnel.
Closed respite services. Children with developmental disabilities; older adults with dementia.  
Home-service therapists, caregivers, and other providers who are not able to safely come in. Children and adults with developmental disabilities; adults with physical disabilities; people with severe health conditions, elderly.  
People wearing masks that obscure their mouths. People who are deaf or hard of hearing. Distribute masks that have a clear panel to health care providers and first responders.  The county has ordered clear facemasks as of Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Closed schools/distance learning and limited ability to access online resources. Children with disabilities who require and Individual Education Plan, with goals, services, and accommodations to support accessing the general education curriculum.  
Closed day-support programs and lack of access to therapies, enrichment, and socialization. Adults with developmental disabilities.  

Closed recreation centers and parks and lack of therapeutic recreations activities.

Children and adults with all disabilities.  
Closed counseling and psychiatric offices. People with emotional or psychiatric disabilities who do not have access to tele-therapy.  
Severe Hydroxychloroquine shortage. People with Lupus with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Limit access to those with prior prescriptions (this has been done in many states and localities).
Shortages of personal protective gear, gloves, soap and rubbing alcohol. People with health conditions and those requiring wound care or assistance with activities of daily living.  

Discrimination concerns within hospital settings due to disabilities.

People with various communication and mobility disabilities, as well as people with a complex medical history.  
Break in care if caregiver becomes ill. All people with disabilities who require assistance with life tasks..  

Concerns around being transferred to a co-habitation setting that is high risk for exposure (such as, nursing homes).

All people with or without disabilities.  
Experiencing non-compliance with ADA accessibility during reduced quarantine restrictions and subsequent reopening. People with physical and sensory disabilities. Those with health conditions which would leave them susceptible to COVID-19.  
Continuation of Metro Access Services. For individuals with disabilities that need access to grocery and pharmacy shopping.  
Telehealth services- glitches. Individual with cognitive disabilities struggle with telephone-based appointments.  
Residential communal living (group homes, assisted living) with reduced access to family and friends. Can leave persons with disabilities at a higher risk for abuse in isolation.  

Meeting Minutes

There are no meeting minutes for this meeting.

Meeting Recording

There is no meeting recording for this meeting.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 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 dial 1-877-336-1829 and enter code 7703575.

Agenda

7:00-7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call and Approval of July Minutes

7:05-7:10 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:10-7:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  • Martha Glennan Awards – Committee
  • November Meeting Date

7:30 p.m. Adjourn

Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards

Nomination information for Fairfax Area Disability Services Board’s 2020 Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards.

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020   

FA-DSB Members in Attendance:                                                  

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

FA-DSB Members Absent from the Meeting: Doris Ray, At-Large

Support Staff: Claudia Vila, Karen Kelly

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: 7:00 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 July minutes: Minutes were approved, proposed by Deborah, it was seconded.

4. Public Comment: There was no public comment. 

5. Martha Glennan Awards Committee: Deborah expressed the importance of continuing the award this year. Her reasons were that there are many people who have been doing many things to support the disability community and they should be honored.  The awards specifically state this year that:  Awardees will be honored for demonstrating a commitment to promoting equal rights and community inclusion for people with disabilities, particularly during the pandemic.

Motion for postponing of the awards: There was no motion for this.  The virtual award ceremony will be held Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 

Mary Pauline volunteered as the awards chair for the 2020 awards year.  The committee needs a second person to assist with the award nominees.  Deborah Cohen will be assisting with the award selection committee.

Claudia presented documents for application of the awards. She has secured the time for Fairfax County Board, Chairman McKay to be in attendance. 

The Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 FA-DSB meeting will be virtual. 

6. November Meeting Date: Motion for an additional meeting in November was presented and seconded. This meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 9 at 7pm and will be virtual. The purpose of the meeting will be to continue to work on the many initiatives that were presented at our September meeting.  

Deborah stressed that we continue to have openings for committees, please let Claudia, Nicole, or Deborah know if you are interested in serving on these important committees. 

7:24 p.m. Motion to adjourn was made and seconded. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah. 

Meeting Recording

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Agenda

7:00-7:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call

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

7:15-8:55 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  • FA-DSB Roster & Subcommittees
  • Martha Glennan Awards – Committee
  • FA-DSB Member Survey Results
  • Review of minutes

8:55-9:00 p.m. Adjourn

Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards

Nomination information for Fairfax Area Disability Services Board’s 2020 Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards.

FA-DSB Member Survey Results/Responses

Why did you want to be on the Disability Services Board?

  • After I was denied a ride in an Uber because of my wheelchair, I started working on disability policy in transportation and realized that much of the work needs to be done at the local level.  I joined the DSB to provide additional background, disability, age, and vocational background to the board to better serve our community.
  • To get involved in the broader community to support the disability community.
  • I want to work to make life more equitable and accessible for the disabled
  • Give back to the community and be active in retirement.
  • To be available as a  resource to influence County's policies that may have a direct impact on issues concerning PWD 
  • I wanted to make a difference for people with disabilities in my community, share my own expertise, and collaborate with others who have a similar interest. 
  • To bring awareness that there are many members of the Fairfax community who have disabilities of all types and to encourage more than minimal compliance with the ADA. 
  • To compliment and empower advocacy for people with disabilities, most of whom cannot even express their frustrations. Accessibility & transportation have always been a non-priority to lawmakers & government executives. Additionally, to help update and improve existing regulations and laws that pose exceptional burdens to the disability community.
  • To improve the lives of people with disabilities who residing in Fairfax County.
  • The late Lt. Governor John Hager of Virginia was an inspiration to me. I had to privilege of serving as his page when he was Lt. Governor, assistant when he was Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Education, and campaign manager when he was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. For the man to lose all mobility in his legs (due to polio) after his first child was born, be fired from his employer, and to still come back and achieve all he did was inspiring to me. Traveling with him over the years gave me insight into many of problems in the disability world and made me want to help fix that.
  • I wanted to volunteer my time and my knowledge to help people with disabilities in a different way than at work. I wanted to expand my knowledge of people with disabilities in my community

What is your personal connection to the disability community?

  • I am a paraplegic and disability rights attorney.
  • I have adult children with disabilities.
  • I am a deaf and physically disabled person. 
  • Both my wife and I have sight and mobility issues. We also have friends and relatives with disability issues.
  • I have been blind  for almost 30 years, and now have impaired hearing for 4+years.  I lost my job as a financial / IS auditor after going blind in India and moved to the U.S. to pursue a MS in Rehabilitation Technology with a focus on Web accessibility from the University of Pittsburgh . I have been working in the field of digital accessibility for 20 years now.
  • I have autism and Lupus. My mother has had multiple sclerosis for most of my life and has been completely paralyzed for about 12 years. I also have many family members with autism spectrum disorders. I have degrees in music therapy, special education, and applied behavioral analysis and have worked as a special educator for 28 years.
  • I have long been an advocate for the disability community and others whose voice is not often heard in an effective way.  
  • My two adult sons are disabled.
  • I have a nephew with autism.
  • I am a speech language pathologist by training and I have a brother with disabilities.

What disability related issues are you most passionate about?

  • Transportation.
  • Employment and transportation.
  • My major was Government in college and I am most passionate in legislating changes in laws, to improve services and equability for the disabled, locally and nationally.
  • Retail store accessibility.
  • Internet accessibility.
  • Emergency Preparedness.
  • Educational an Recreational inclusivity.
  • Specifically employment, legislation that impacts PWD Accessibility in most facets of digital interaction.
  • Self-determination; transition between school and the adult world; neurodiversity;  health issues; abuse prevention; access and inclusion for all.
  • ADA compliance and legislative issues.
  • Housing and transportation seem to be on everyone’s agenda. Lifting income restrictions on families with disabilities that fracture cohesion and raise divorce rates among our families. Bring the attention of the community and its lawmakers that when minority mothers (of other cultures) become dedicated for their lifetime to their disabled children, they end up not qualifying for Medicare and are left without support income to survive. EARLY AWARENESS PROGRAMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE WELLBEING OF OUR FAMILIES AND ON HOW TO REER THEIR NEWBORN DISABLED CHILDREN WITHIN THE CONFINES OF OUR CORRUPT SOCIAL SECURITY LAWS. EARLY AWARENESS PROGRAMS ALLOW THESE FAMILIES TO INTEGRATE APPROPRIATELY WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITY. 
  • Enhanced 9-1-1 safety for the 1,178 individuals who have signed up for the Functional Needs Registry (FNR).
  • Wheelchair accessibility and support for PTSD.
  • Employment and community social activities.

What other activities/organizations are you involved in?

  • I am the owner of a law firm, a Mom to two young children, a member of the BOD of ECNV and BOD of Wheels of Happiness (we provide wheelchairs and medical supplies to third world countries), and on the WMATA AAC.
  • I am very involved in my church and I’m involved in supporting my kids in a range of Special Olympics sports.
  • Mobility & Transportation Committee for Disabled and Elderly, Emergency Preparedness Committee for Fairfax Area Disability Services Board.
  • Fairfax County Animal Services Advisory Commission, Community Educator for Senior Medicare Patrol, Volunteer at Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
  • Acknowledged contributor to the making of the W3C.org's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1. In 2019 I rallied against the VA State's  Bill SB 1302/ HB2296, met with the Senator and wrote to the Governor to veto the Bill (the Bill that restricts rights of people with vision/hearing disabilities against inaccessible websites  of bankks / financial institutions). I provided significant inputs to the design of the mobile app planned by Metro Access to help riders.
  • I work as an Autism Specialist/Low-Incidence with Arlington Public Schools. I chair the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition, which organizes Future Quest, a college and career fair for youth with disabilities. I am the advisor to The Order of Self-Determination, a club for high school students with all disabilities, and The Cool Aspies, a club for young adults with autism spectrum disorders. I frequently speak at national and international conferences on autism and self-determination and I am a writer and presenter for The Organization for Autism Research. In my free time, I am a master naturalist, on the board of Friends of Dyke Marsh, a Freemason, and I sing. I also work with bats- as a rehabilitator, educator, and researcher.
  • CCFAC, AHAC, Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, political and advocacy efforts for underserved people.
  • Arc of Nova, LSNV, Endependence Center, Mason District Gov., FCSB, WMATA & Metro Access, DNC Disability Engagement Committee, local elected officials and support agencies, many national organizations serving the disability community directly or indirectly.
  • Commission on Aging, Long-Term Care Coordinating Council, Consolidated Community Advisory Committee.
  • Vice Chair for the Fairfax Transportation Advisory Commission.
  • Herndon Friday Night Live Volunteer.
  • I continue to work as a speech language pathologist, I am active with current research and information in my field.

What would you like to see as the top three priorities for the FA-DSB for the next year?

1) Transportation and Technology—ie, Autonomous vehicle rollout in Mosaic/transforming transportation for PWD in Fairfax Area through rideshare, AV, transit partnership, etc.
2) Accessibility Education and Accountability for Businesses who Make Profits by operating in Fairfax Area.
3) Employment Initiatives for PWD in Fairfax Area.

Not sure. I don’t have a good sense of the best role for DSB and where DSB could have the most impact.

1) More Housing for disabled.
2) Employment Opportunities.
3) Improved Transportation Services.

1) Full participation in Standing Committees.
2) Re-write Bylaws.
3) Establish short term and long term Board goals.

1) How can County assist PWD.
2) How are children with disabilities coping up with online school system.
3) What processes are in place to monitor and ensure accessibility of County's programs and  services especially as online interaction becomes more critical?

1) Meeting the needs of Fairfax-area residents who are impacted by the pandemic.
2) Promoting the use of universal design in county facilities, businesses new.
3) Utilizing the talents and interests of each member of the FA-DSB construction to expand access for all.

1) Responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis by first ascertaining how people with disabilities have been effected and what needs they have to maintain safety. 
2) Continuing to work towards a more inclusive policy on hiring County employees with disabilities.
3) Exploring ways to enhance transportation options for people with disabilities including maximizing usage of those that already exist. .

1) With urban cities extending to the suburbs from population growth, WMATA still cannot cross county lines despite that the greater portion of its funding comes from the state and the federal gov. So, if your only specialist’s office is at Prince William Hospital, the disabled trip becomes a dilemma.
2) Every end of year the DSB should compile an internal list of issues dealt with during the entire year with reasonable details on what extent was accomplished and/or reasons of delayed resolution. Also a list of ideas that have come up during the course of the year that maybe provided priority in the following year. Each member would be responsible for the upkeep of the section they advocate for, not just committee chairs.
3) People with disabilities should be provided a brochure by mail that Fairfax County ready offers.

1) Improvements to Functional Needs Registry (FNR).
2) Adoption of Pre-Notification 9-1-1.
3) Technological Upgrades to MetroAccess.

1) Ensuring buildings and public areas are up to date with ADA  requirements.
2) Better access to counseling – this could be done in partnership with other committees.
3) Increase in accommodations for those seeking jobs.

1) Employment coordinator for Persons with disabilities in Fairfax County.
2) Exploration of barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
3) Greater understanding of the FA-DSB’s role in Fairfax County/Fairfax City.

 

Impacts of COVID-19 on Residents of Fairfax County with Disabilities
Issue Population Most Affected Potential Solution
Transportation options cut with fewer bus and metro routes and ride share options more limited. Elderly; people who are blind and visually impaired; people who have physical disabilities; people with developmental disabilities.  
Medical professionals and first responders with limited knowledge of how to accommodate people with disabilities. All people with disabilities. Continued training for all new emergency personnel.
Closed respite services. Children with developmental disabilities; older adults with dementia.  
Home-service therapists, care-givers, and other providers who are not able to safely come in. Children and adults with developmental disabilities; adults with physical disabilities; people with severe health conditions, elderly.  
People wearing masks that obscure their mouths. People who are deaf or hard of hearing. Distribute masks that have a clear panel to health care providers and first responders. The county has ordered clear facemasks as of Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Closed schools/distance learning and limited ability to access online resources. Children with disabilities who require and Individual Education Plan, with goals, services, and accommodations to support accessing the general education curriculum.  
Closed day-support programs and lack of access to therapies, enrichment, and socialization. Adults with developmental disabilities.  
Closed recreation centers and parks and lack of therapeutic recreations activities Children and adults with all disabilities.  
Closed counseling and psychiatric offices. People with emotional or psychiatric disabilities who do not have access to tele-therapy.  
Severe Hydroxychloroquine shortage. People with Lupus with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Limit access to those with prior prescriptions (this has been done in many states and localities).
Shortages of personal protective gear, gloves, soap, and rubbing alcohol. People with health conditions and those requiring wound care or assistance with activities of daily living.  
Discrimination concerns within hospital settings due to disabilities. People with various communication and mobility disabilities, as well as people with a complex medical history.  
Break in care if a caregiver becomes ill. All people with disabilities who require assistance with life tasks.  
Concerns around being transferred to a co-habitation setting that is high risk for exposure (such as, nursing homes). All people with or without disabilities.  
Experiencing non-compliance with ADA accessibility during reduced quarantine restrictions and subsequent reopening. People with physical and sensory disabilities. Those with health conditions which would leave them susceptible to COVID-19.  
Continuation of Metro Access Services. For individuals with disabilities that need access to grocery and pharmacy shopping.  
Telehealth services - glitches. Individual with cognitive disabilities struggle with telephone-based appointments.  
Residential communal living (group homes, assisted living) with reduced access to family and friends. Can leave persons with disabilities at a higher risk for abuse in isolation.  

Meeting Minutes

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

FA-DSB Members in Attendance:                                                  

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

DSB Support Staff: Claudia Vila, Nicole Fagan, Trina Mayhan-Webb

Public in attendance: Courtney Arroyo, Laura Tollins

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: 7:10 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 July minutes: motioned to defer approval of the July minutes proposed by Doris, seconded by Chester, adopted unanimously.

3. Public Comment: Courtney Arroyo, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), stated that September is Emergency Preparedness Month. The OEM is available to provide presentations to groups as needed. 

Doris Ray posed a question to Courtney about how the OEM may work with the Board of Elections. OEM is helping with logistics and helping the County Board of Elections with safety issues. Courtney stated that funds will be available from the CARE Act and additionally monies will be available through FEMA to help with payment for safety protections.

Both Doris and Kelly would like to discuss voting information in New Business.

Laura Tollins, guest (on the phone) would like to see that people with disabilities have opportunities for employment.

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

4. FA-DSB Member Survey Results: Claudia and Nicole presented the collated information from each board member that was previously submitted. Deborah had each member discuss the reasons why they wanted to be part of the board, what their personal connection to the disability community is,  what disability issues they were most passionate about, what other activities/organizations they are involved with,  and what would you like to see as the top three priorities for the FA-DSB for the next year. 

5. FA-DSB Committees: It was proposed by Doris that the committee discuss the sharing of the individual surveys for each board member to review, Mary Pauline seconded the motion for discussion  There was discussion regarding if the individual surveys with attached names, would be subject to a FOIA request. Mary Pauline stated that the recording of the meeting could be subject to FOIA. The information from the roster is part of the public record. There is no guarantee that this information can be kept private. Mary Pauline motioned to move the discussion to a vote, it was seconded. The motion to share this information from individual surveys failed.

Doris would like to add to her survey prior to everyone as she does not think she was able to submit that information previously. 

Deborah discussed each of the regular committees and who was chairing the committee. 
Additions:  Legislative Committee- Chair is Mary Pauline Jones
Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC)- Chair is Cookie Blitz
SAC members are anonymous and consider volunteering- this should be removed under CCFAC
Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s (LTCCC)- Chair is Tom Bash.
Disability and Volunteering Task Force: Chester is a liaison. 
Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN): Deborah is a liaison.

Laura - from the phone would like to participate in some capacity and Deborah encouraged Laura to become a member of the FA-DSB through her Fairfax County representative.

Martha Glennan Nominating Committee - The FA-DSB needs to form an Ad Hoc Committee and that we need 2 volunteers to work on this short-term committee. If you are on the nominating committee you cannot nominate someone for an award. 

Doris motioned that we defer this award for this year because the disability community is limited in their participation. Her main concern is that the award ceremony would not be accessible to all for this year. The motion failed for lack of a second. Deborah feels that this award should continue this year since many of the people involved with people with disabilities. At this time Andrew feels the award should be put on hold until spring. Andrew did not second the motion. Doris stated that when this virtual award ceremony is conducted it needs to meet full ADA requirements.  

Mary Pauline suggested that the committee only judge the potential awardees on what information is provided by the nominating person.

9:07 p.m. the committee had lost a quorum. The meeting was adjourned by Deborah. 

Meeting Recording

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 Executive Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 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 dial 1-877-402-9757  and enter code 1789207.

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. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  • Welcome Judith Turcott!
  • Executive Committee Roles & FY 2021 Priorities
  • FA-DSB Bylaws

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

Meeting Recording

Monday, July 13, 2020 Nominations Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Nominations Committee Meeting

Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6 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 dial 1-877-336-1829 and enter code 8628844.

Agenda

6:00-6:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call

6:05-6:10 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

6:15-6:45 p.m. Nominations Committee Meeting Items:

  • Final List of Nominees
  • Discussion Regarding Next Steps

6:45-6:50 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 13, 2020

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 Microsoft Teams web platform.

An AT&T call line was established for members of the public to access the meeting.

DSB Attendees:

  • Lissy John – Calling from Falls Church, VA
  • Mary Pauline Jones – Calling from Herndon, VA
  • Deborah Cohen – Calling from Burke, VA

DSB support staff: Claudia Vila, Nicole Fagan

Public in attendance: N/A

Mary Pauline Jones called the meeting to order at approximately 6:02 p.m., and conducted roll call by asking each participant to state their name and where they were calling in from.  Mary Pauline made an initial motion establishing that everyone could be heard clearly, Deborah Cohen seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Mary Pauline then shared the list of candidates who nominated themselves for the Disability Services Board Executive Committee:

  • Chair - Deborah Hammer
  • Vice-Chair - Chester Freedenthal
  • Secretary - Judith Turcott

Mary Pauline made a motion to approve the above slate, Deborah Cohen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

Meeting adjourned: Approximately 6:12 p.m.

Meeting Recording

Monday, July 13, 2020 Board

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Meeting

Monday, July 13, 2020 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 dial 1-866-434-5269 and enter code 3743216.

Agenda

7:00-7:05 p.m. Call to Order - Roll Call and Approval of June Minutes

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

7:15-8:55 p.m. Chair Items:

  1. Executive Committee Nominations - Vote
  2. FY 2021 FA-DSB Meeting Dates - Vote
  3. ADA 30th Proclamation- Update
  4. Trails, Sidewalks, and Bikeways/ Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities - Vacancies
  5. Functional Needs Registry Update- Courtney Arroyo
  6. Review of minutes

9 p.m. Adjourn

Additional Items

Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management Functional Needs Registry July 2020 Report*

*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 703-324-5421; TTY 703-449-1186.


Proposed FY 2021 Board Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date Location Items of Note
Monday, July 13, 2020 Virtual

Vote in new Executive Committee.

No meeting in August. N/A N/A
Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Government Center, Rooms 2/3 First meeting of FY 2021. Award Committee begins.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 Government Center, Room 120-C

Date changed due to Columbus Day holiday.

November - No meeting. N/A N/A

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Government Center, Rooms 2/3 Martha Glennan Awards Ceremony.
January - No Meeting. N/A N/A

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

Government Center, Room # To Be Determined 2021 General Assembly Session. FY 2022 proposed budget released.
Monday, Mar. 15, 2021 Government Center, Room # To Be Determined

Review of Fairfax County’s 2022 proposed budget.

Establishment of Nominations Committee.

April - No meeting. N/A  N/A
Monday, May 10, 2021 Government Center, Room # To Be Determined Presentation of nominees to the Executive Committee.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Government Center, Room # To Be Determined

Vote on Executive Committee for FY 2022.

Establishment of Legislative Committee.

Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 13, 2020

FA-DSB Members in Attendance:

  • Andrew Magill, At-Large
  • Chester Freedenthal, Vice-Chair, Lee District
  • Deborah Cohen, Braddock District
  • Deborah Hammer, Secretary, Mount Vernon District
  • Doris Ray, At-Large
  • Elizabeth John, Dranesville District
  • Judith Turcott, Fairfax City
  • Leeann Alberts, Chair, At-Large
  • Mary Pauline Jones, Springfield District
  • Sailesh Panchang, Sully District
  • Tom Bash, At-Large
  • Michele “Cookie” Hymen Blitz, Hunter Mill District
  • Ayman Eldarwish, Mason District

FA-DSB Members Absent from the Meeting:

  • Kelly Simoneaux

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.

Others Present: Claudia Vila, Nicole Fagan, Crystal Ford—Fairfax County Department of Family Services Disability Rights & Resources; Courtney Arroyo, Office of Emergency Management,  Susan and Paula (ASL interpreters), Michael Beckets, Director of Family Services, Tina Mahan-Webb- DFS-Director of A&A; Laura Pollins- guest

Minutes and Agenda:

1. Call to order: 7:07 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 June minutes: proposed by Chester, seconded by Leeann, adopted unanimously

3. Approval of Agenda: proposed by Leeann, seconded by Chester , adopted unanimously

4. Public Comment: A person who identified herself as Laura Pollins introduced herself and stated she was going to hear the meeting.  

5. Executive Committee Nominations: Mary Pauline said that her committee nominated a slate of Deborah Hammer for president; Chester Freedenthal for vice-president; Judith Turcott for secretary. Doris called for a vote, the slate was adopted unanimously.

6. ADA 30th Proclamation-Update: Mary Pauline stated that a brief proclamation will be presented at the meeting on 7/14. It needs to be brief due to the nature of the current meetings that are streamlined due to COVID-19 concerns. The meeting will begin at 3pm and will be broadcast. 

7. Proposed meeting dates for 2021: Deborah proposed that there be an executive meeting in August to supplement the current calendar. The next meeting is scheduled in person for 9/14 at the Government Center. This may change to a Zoom meeting depending on the State of Virginia Emergency status.  Deborah further proposed that we add a meeting in January, either the 11th or 25th. Claudia will research the ability to add an additional meeting on January 11th. Claudia will update the board on the potential for an additional January meeting in September. Deborah called for a vote to accept changes in the calendar, it was seconded and was adopted unanimously. 

8. Trails, Sidewalks, and Bikeways/Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities- Vacancies-

Deborah voted to table the discussion until the DAFSB was able to compile a list of Boards, commissions and authorities that we currently support could be compiled.  The list would include the name, status(DAFSB member or Vacant) and meeting time. Deborah stated that she would like all board members to carefully consider their areas of strength and interest to fill these positions. Chester stated that his input on his previous board, Trails, Sidewalks and Bikeways, made a positive contribution in the consideration of trails constructed in order to be inclusive to persons with disabilities. Ayman further contributed that his participation on a board has led to the support and discussion for ambulances within Fairfax County that would be able to accommodate assistive equipment for people with disabilities. Deborah stated that a survey would be sent to the board members to “get to know” each other better. Deborah called for a vote to accept tabling the appointments to boards and it was seconded and was adopted unanimously.

9. Functional Needs Registry (FNR) Update, presented by Courtney Arroyo, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Management Specialist:  Courtney reviewed the current status of the functional needs registry. She stated that “hard copy” information was mailed to all residents in Fairfax County. As part of the update the registry was to ensure that everyone on the registry was receiving information related to COVID-19 and see if there were unmet needs. The registry was also “cleaned up” and streamlined.  Questions to Courtney included:

  • Is the registry shared with individuals agencies involved with disaster response?  Yes, it is shared, but it does not put any member of the FNR on a priority list. 
  • Can the Office of Emergency Management map where people live?  Yes and in the future there may be partnering agreements that allow for directed alerts. 
  • Further suggestions were presented to Courtney to expand the reach of residents who were not on the FNR included: Collaboration with other state/county agencies and potential for radio/TV PSAs. 

10. Further Discussion/Comments: Deborah opened the floor for questions/comments:

  • Cookie stated that she attended an online demonstration about a model living community in Rockville, Maryland called Main Street. It is a model of inclusion with supported housing.  Deborah stated that there are a few models in VA similar to that called City Center NoVA. Deborah suggested that she would try to get City Center NoVA to come in for a presentation.
  • Ayman stated that he would like to expand the discussion time in the meetings. 
  • Doris discussed issues and challenges with personal assistants to include adequate PPE, living wages and appropriate training during Covid. She also reiterated the challenges of using ambulatory devices and taking them to the hospital when being transported by an ambulance. 
  • It was reiterated that the meeting minutes need to be both in word and pdf format for accessibility. 
  • Deborah thanked Leann for service as president and for the rest of the board for their patience through the transition. 

Meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.
 
Drafts of notes submitted by Judith Turcott, FA-DSB secretary.

Meeting Recording

Monday, June 15, 2020 Nominations Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Nominations Committee Meeting

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6 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 dial 1-866-434-5269 and enter code: 3743216.

Agenda

6:00-6:05 p.m. Call to Order – Roll Call

6:05-6:10 p.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

6:15-6:45 p.m. Nominations Committee Meeting Items:

  • Discussion of Nominees
  • Discussion Regarding Next Steps

6:45-6:50 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 15, 2020

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.

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

DSB Attendees:

  • Lissy John – Calling from Falls Church, VA
  • Mary Pauline Jones – Calling from Herndon, VA
  • Deborah Cohen – Calling from Burke, VADSB support staff: Claudia Vila , Nicole Fagan
  • Public in attendance: Michael Beattie

Mary Pauline Jones called the meeting to order at approximately 6:15 pm, and conducted roll call.  She established the need to hold a virtual meeting due to the pandemic.

Public Comment: Michael Beattie nominated himself to be Vice-Chair of the Disability Services Board.  He stated that per the bylaws, you do not need to be a member of the DSB to be an Executive officer.  He referenced Article 7 Officers, subsection B (page 5 of the Bylaws). Deborah Cohen stated that, generally speaking, executive committee members of any board are also members of the board itself.

Claudia Vila read that portion of the bylaws, Article 7, subsection B, to the committee and stated that the portion Michael was referencing was speaking to the nominations committee, not whether non-DSB members were allowed to join the executive committee.  All three members of the nominations committee agreed to bring his request before the full FA-DSB board for discussion.

We have received a nomination of Deborah Hammer for Chair of the DSB, and Chester Freedenthal as Vice-Chair.  No member of the DSB nominating committee have received nominations for the role of Secretary.  It was discussed that the Board should be engaged to find a secretary.

Mary Pauline stated that in the Bylaws, Article 3 (Members and Term of Office) suggests that all officers must also be members of the Disability Services Board, by referencing the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement for a Fairfax Area Disability Services Board. 

Meeting Adjourned Approximately 6:35 p.m.

Meeting Recording

Monday, June 15, 2020 Board

Agenda

7:00-7:05 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. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  1. Executive Committee Nominations
  2. Presentation of County Services During COVI-19 Disability Rights & Resources
  3. Legislative Committee Work - Update
  4. Review ofMminutes

9 p.m. Adjourn

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Meeting Resources Overview Presentation*

*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 703-324-5421; TTY 703-449-1186.

Meeting Recording

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Executive Committee

Public Meeting Notice

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7-8 a.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 dial 1-877-336-1829 and enter code 7703575.

Agenda

7:00-7:05 a.m. Call to Order – Roll Call

7:05-7:10 a.m. Opportunity for Public Comment

7:10-7:55 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting Items:

  • Welcome Director Becketts
  • COVID-19 Document- Feedback
  • Status of ADA and Voting Rights Act Anniversaries
  • Status of Nominations Subcommittee Topic
  • Proposed Changes to the FA-DSB Bylaws
  • Status of John Hudson Internship Program
  • Status of Martha Glennan Awards Program
  • Possible FA-DSB Meetings in the Summer

7:55-8 a.m. Adjourn

COVID-19 Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB) Feedback

Regarding stay-at-home orders:

  • The continuation of Metro Access services is helpful in this environment.
    • Existing transportation needs for grocery/pharmacy shopping in the event there are no family or friends that can assist.
  • Telehealth for those who are visually impaired:
    • Plain audio calls are an option, but the provider cannot visually examine the patient if needed when the tele-med session is challenging to use.

Regarding first responders and emergency personnel:

  • Specialized training in dealing with individuals with disabilities regardless of this virus.

Regarding social isolation:

  • Recreation activities and day support programs can both offer many activities online, (eg, via zoom) including social activities, fitness activities, and daily living or job development activities.
  • Those in residential situations (such as group homes, assisted living) who have no or reduced access to family/friends/activities, may be at increased risk for abuse in isolation.
Impacts of COVID-19 on Residents of Fairfax County with Disabilities
Issue Population Most Affected Potential Solution
Transportation options cut with fewer bus and metro routes and ride share options more limited. Elderly; people who are blind and visually impaired; people who have physical disabilities; people with developmental disabilities.  
Medical professionals and first responders with limited knowledge of how to accommodate people with disabilities. All people with disabilities.  
Closed respite services. Children with developmental disabilities; older adults with dementia.  
Home-service therapists, care-givers, and other providers who are not able to safely come in. Children and adults with developmental disabilities; adults with physical disabilities; people with severe health conditions, elderly.  
People wearing masks that obscure their mouths. People who are deaf or hard of hearing. Distribute masks that have a clear panel to health care providers and first responders.
Closed schools/distance learning and limited ability to access online resources. Children with disabilities who require and Individual Education Plan, with goals, services, and accommodations to support accessing the general education curriculum.  
Closed day-support programs and lack of access to therapies, enrichment, and socialization. Adults with developmental disabilities.  

Closed recreation centers and parks and lack of therapeutic recreations activities.

Children and adults with all disabilities.  
Closed counseling and psychiatric offices. People with emotional or psychiatric disabilities who do not have access to tele-therapy.  
Severe Hydroxychloroquine shortage. People with Lupus with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Limit access to those with prior prescriptions (this has been done in many states and localities).
Shortages of personal protective gear, gloves, soap and rubbing alcohol. People with health conditions and those requiring wound care or assistance with activities of daily living.  

Concern with discrimination in the hospital setting due to disabilities in.

People with various communication and mobility disabilities, as well as people with a complex medical history.  
Break in care if caregiver becomes ill. All people with disabilities who require assistance with life tasks..  

concern of being transferred to a co habitation setting that is high risk for exposure (example : nursing homes).

All people with or without disabilities.  
Experiencing non-compliance with ADA accessibility during reduced quarantine restrictions and subsequent reopening. People with physical and sensory disabilities. Those with health conditions which would leave them susceptible to COVID-19.  

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Virtual Meeting on Zoom

FA-DSB Members in Attendance

  • Leeann Alberts, Chair, At-Large
  • Chester Freedenthal, Vice Chair, Lee District
  • Deborah Hammer, Secretary, Mt. Vernon District

Others Present

  • Claudia Vila, Manager, Disability Rights and Resources
  • Trina Mayhan-Webb, Director, Adults & Aging Division
  • Michael Becketts, Director, Department of Family Services
  • Nicole Fagan, Staff, Disability Rights and Resources
FA-DSB Executive Committee Items Discussed During the Meeting

Call to Order 7:00 a.m.
Virtual roll call completed by Leeann. All three members were calling from their personal home.

COVID-19 Document- Feedback

The executive committee reviewed the Impacts of COVID-19 on Residents of Fairfax County document. Chester and Deborah added an additional concern to the list siting the spacing of tables for social distancing at restaurants potentially blocking sidewalks and accessible pathways and violating ADA. Claudia advised FA-DSB members be proactive and contact their respective board members and to manage access issues case by case and regionally. Chester agreed to contact Supervisor Lusk and his taskforce and will report back to the board. Trina recommended a standard message, two to three sentences, be sent to each BOS member to include in their newsletters so that it is consistent.

Deborah asked to add the recommendation that Fairfax County, acquire and distribute PPE and needed supplies to nursing homes and individuals who require it due to their disability. Trina shared that through CARES Act funding, nursing facilities that are managed by Fairfax County Health Department will be getting PPE supplies and each administrator will be responsible to distribute. Deborah suggested that PPE supplies be distributed to agencies that provide care via Medicaid or CCC waivers for caretakers that go into homes to work with medically fragile children and other vulnerable populations.

Claudia shared feedback received from other DSB members:

  • Sailesch shared concerns regarding MetroAccess service reductions and individuals being able to get out in the community for pharmacy, groceries and other necessities. Additionally, he expressed concerns regarding telehealth for those who are visually impaired.
  • MaryPauline requested specialized training for first responders in dealing with individuals with disabilities regardless of this virus.
  • Debbie Cohen commented regarding social isolation and activities being available virtually, (eg, via zoom) including social activities, fitness activities, and daily living or job development activities. Additionally, Debbie had expressed concerns for individuals in residential situations (such as group homes, assisted living) who have no or reduced access to family/friends/activities and may be at increased risk for abuse.

The committee discussed these topics and determined all items should be added to the document. Chester shared that both Police and Fire Academy have included in part of their training a section on working with individuals with disabilities and asked to have Deputy County Executive Rohrer come to a future meeting when board reconvenes to share what training is currently provided.

Deborah commented that many residents do not have internet or technology to access virtual activities and services. Director Becketts shared that Carla Bruce, Chief Equity Officer, in conjunction with public schools has been strategizing county-wide effort with agencies and internet providers to ensure that all have access. Claudia agreed to send email to Carla Bruce to get update on where this initiative is at.

Chester stated that DSB needs to advocate for accessible technology (ex. Computers that can be used with screen readers).

Updates from Director Becketts

DFS is trying to balance physical and psychological safety with public needs. The goal is to take a person- centered approach and focus is on the human experience of services. Director Becketts shared that he has not received any feedback or comments on if services have been accessible to residents with disabilities. The board agreed to explore how the new formats of, “assistance from a distance” are working for residents of disabilities and provide feedback to Director Becketts. Finally, Director Becketts shared that Health, Housing, and Human Services will be sending a mailout to all households regarding services and asked if there is any specific language that could be included on the mailer to be more inclusive of residents with disabilities.

In response to Director Becketts request for feedback, Deborah shared concerns for people with disabilities particularly surrounding the mental health and well-being of these individuals and their families. Many families not having caregivers come into their homes and provide additional services and has led to mental health crises. Chester agreed that the FA-DSB needs to advocate to public safety that a person with a disability may need to be handled differently during such crises. Chester suggested writing a letter to share how to mental health services may need to be modified. Trina shared that DFS has many staff and volunteers providing well-ness phone calls and that meals on wheels deliveries are currently being made by a trained staff person to better monitor the well-being of meal recipients.

Status of ADA and Voting Rights Act Anniversaries

Leeann inquired on status of ADA and Voting Rights Act anniversaries and proclamation. Chester said copy of proclamation and joint resolution of the board had been shared with Supervisor Lusk and

Supervisor Herrity. He is now waiting to hear feedback. Chester agreed to send copy of proclamation to Claudia.

Status of Nominations Subcommittee

Claudia shared that FA-DSB can have a full board meeting virtually to nominate a subcommittee. To adhere to the bylaws, the board would need one meeting date to collect nominations and would need a second meeting to vote on the nominees. Claudia suggested that the FA-DSB plan to conduct business virtually for the foreseeable future and provided feedback on current legislation and ordinances that allow BACs to meet in Virginia.

Proposed Changes to the FA-DSB Bylaws

The executive committee decided to postpone discussing changes to the by-laws and save for a fall meeting date. Claudia shared that she has been in communication with County Attorney’s office and hopes to move quickly on changing bylaws.

Status of John Hudson Internship Program

Claudia and Nicole provided update regarding JHIP. DRR originally postponed the summer 2020 internships to fall due to COVID-19. However, due to these unprecedented times the internships will likely not happen at all this year. DRR explored transitioning to virtual internships but current Fairfax County Government policy prevent hiring for these positions.

Status of Martha Glennan Awards Program

Leeann shared that everything can be done virtually or electronically so FA-DSB can move forward with standard timeline. Chester suggested adding JHIP and MGA discussion to July meeting agenda.

Possible FA-DSB Meetings in the Summer
The committee discussed bringing back summer meetings, and all agreed they would like to try it. The next meeting was scheduled for Monday, June 15 at 7:00PM and agenda items will include: nomination committee for new executive committee and Claudia to present what county is currently doing to support residents.

Meeting Adjournment 8:33 a.m.

Meeting Recording

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