Platform Discussion Notes 1/8/07
ASED Executive Group Drafts Session Notes from 1/8/07
Present: Amy, Jan, Mary, David, Mike, Grant, Scott, Len, Katie
Agenda: Scott reviewed the 2007 Platform (outlined below) and suggested the group start the brainstorming discussions around Platform Plank #2, the assessment issue. Len then facilitated the discussion:
Alliance of State Employees w/ Disabilities
2007 Action Platform
- Develop our mentoring role by identifying and reaching out to as many current SOM employees with disabilities as possible.
- Become a stimulus for the SOM to explain what is currently being done to hire, retain and promote employees with disabilities and use that information to:
- assess strengths and opportunities
- develop recommendations for future directions for the SOM to take
- Sponsor a Second Annual ASED Conference, based on the above two themes.
Platform Plank Two: Become a stimulus . . .
A. Background Thoughts
- Has there been any follow-up on assigned Handicap spots?
- Transportations statewide planning is not taking any disability issues into account
- We need to be clear on our scope, like Disabled Workers vs Disabled Community
- Do we have an overall Vision? Like how things are now and how things ought to be in the future?
- Do the issues of Workers with Disabilities have any visibility in the Management thought process in state government?
- Where are we (and where is the Governor), relative to affirmative action and the impact of Proposition 2 on employees with disabilities?
- We need information from the following:
- By state agency (maybe by relevant parts of agencies)
- By the Governor's Office
- By CIOs
- By Control Agencies
- OSE (Office of the State Employer)
- DMB (Department of Management and Budget)
- CS (Civil Service)
B. Issues or Areas that Need Attention
- Relationships between Performance, Discipline, and Disability
- Resistance to making on the job accommodations
- Coverage by state sponsored insurance
- Hiding because of fear of impact on career
- Passing by choice
- Getting benefits when disability interrupts work
- Getting back to work
- How is the person treated differently if the disability is work-related?
- Pushing SSDI
- Denying Disability Retirement
C. Action Outline
- Establish a Vision of what we want now and what we want next
- Use the Vision to create a ‘report card' or evaluation points
- Ask the First Gentleman to help us learn!
- Help us assess where we are relative to our Vision or evaluation points
- Perhaps build some evaluation into the 360 process (to allow protection for undisclosed)
- Perhaps have ADA Coordinators report out
D. Next Steps
- Work group of Jan, Scott, Grant, & Len will:
- Formalize the Vision or evaluation points
- Devise a strategy for engaging the First Gentlemen
- Work group will report back at the February meeting
In the frantic final minutes, the group also discussed:
Platform Plank Three: Annual Conference . . .
- Establish a Conference work group soon
- Scott will reserve a Fall date at the State Library facility
Platform Plank One: Mentoring . . .
- Mentoring is not just ‘older' folks helping ‘newer' folks
- Establishing ‘support groups' (perhaps like affinity groups) would allow us to mentor each other and provide a vehicle for ASED members in other parts of the state to have a stronger sense of affiliation or involvement.
- We may want to adopt a ‘special' activity, cause or fundraiser to allow us to more formally contribute to disability causes.
- See if there might be a tie-in with the First Gentleman and the Administration's commitment to mentoring.
Housekeeping . . .
The next ASED meeting will be the first full week of February, after work, and probably at Leroy's. Other details to follow!