Friday, September 22, 2023



Friday, August 25, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (CST)


Present: Amelia DeRynck, David Rooney, Elizabeth Wallace, Hallie Abelman, Len Sandler, Kristina Gordon, Michael Penniman, Megan Meyer, Wendy Robertson, Emily Mozena, Bri Swope, T.M. Wiessenberger, Madde Hoberg, Rita Soenksen, Mike Venzon, Bailey Anderson, Anne Crotty


Secretary confirmation David provided Minutes

Approval of Minutes for previous meeting  - Motion approved after 1st & 2nd

Treasury Report (Hallie)

Hallie’s first report as Treasurer. Acknowledges $1,000 budget. Joining remote and will meet with Co-Chairs to catch-up.

Hallie’s proposal for mutual aid grant for person in the community. Mention to make sure that a donation stays within the bylaws

New Joining Member Acknowledgement, Welcome, & Introductions (Michael)

Michael gave update about live captioning as we make that resource connection.

Openning up with invites for agenda items.

Announcements / Updates:

  • Regents Institutions Disability Summit October 26th 11:30-1:15 at UCC – will send out registration link – no costs to CDA listserve (TM)
    • Tabling volunteers? – open sessions 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    • Some interest in volunteering: Michael, Rita, Elizabeth
    • More updates in September
  • ADA celebration (Bri) – Oct 14th 1-3 PM in Pedmall – wanting interactive activity – keynote chosen (ZW) brainstorming asking for ideas for entertainment
    • Looking for new contact for UISDDA -reachout to join
  • Sen Harkin visit (Bri)
    • Working with  UI Lecture series and Senator’s office to set a date

  • Hey Buddy, I'm Bill Exhibit now open at the Main Library! (Michael)
    • Now on display
    • Exhibit Opening Celebration with Special Guest Barry Morrow Tues. September 12th.
    • 'Rain Man' at FilmScene with Talkback by Screenwriter Barry Morrow September 13th.
    • Main Library Gallery website ( for information about the exhibit and events that are happening.
  • Stanley Museum “touch tour” for visitors with blindness or low vision (Elizabeth)
    • Report for on-going accessibility successes at Stanley
    • Haptic objects and future display(s) and experience for persons with low vision / blindness and open to all
    • Looking to try and rollout for next semester – need beta testers for feedback
    • Museum training for staff and safe space and persons with sensitivities or needs or tools
    • Answered question about “story dots” available as example for physical, senory and other means
  • Adaptive rock-climbing clinic (funding request for this event) (Bri) - Dec 2 + 3
    • Working with CRWC to host 2 day clinic for adaptive climbing to certify training
    • Looking for sponsors for funding
    • Michael is looking forward to join
  • Social media campaign update (Elizabeth) – Call to action
    • Move to next meeting

Planning (Fall remainder meetings - thru December 2023):

  • Nothing added to meeting discussion

Action Items (before next meeting):

Post-meeting (Optional: 12:30 – 1 PM):  Additional business / new members (time permitting)

Next meeting: Friday, September 22nd, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (CST) – Zoom

Minutes submitted by David Rooney, CDA Secretary on September 15, 2023

Minutes approved September 22, 2023