City of Jacksonville Commission on Disabilities and Human Relations met March 7
City of Jacksonville Commission on Disabilities and Human Relations met March 7.
Here is the minutes provided by the commission:
Present: Larry Whewell, Alan Bradish, Ralph Hastie, and Mary Watts
There was no action items voted on because we did not have a quorum. So these items were transferred to the April agenda. We had a long discussion about what topic we need to consider for our upcoming survey. We discuss language barriers with the Hispanic and French speaking populations. Also, Mental Health needs and current services and more importantly the lack of resources forthis population. Alan is going to talk to Mayor Ezard and discuss with him what his thoughts may be on these topics or any other ideas he may be thinking about regarding this survey.
Dr. Squillace is planning on attending the April meeting to discuss the completion of the project that MacMurray has been working on for the last 2 years. This project is Deaf friendly communication with businesses in our community. This project came from the survey that JCDHR conducted 2 years ago with the help of the methods Research class at MacMurray directed by Dr. Squillace. We thought this may be a good time to discuss with Dr. Squillace if his class would want to work on our next survey.
We discussed membership of the JCDHR. We still are looking for 2 more members, one to represent the Deaf population and one to represent the African American community. Also, in October three current members will need to renew or decline their membership of the JCDHR. These members are Joan Engelmann, Mary Watts, and Salina Masas. Joan has indicated that she doesn’t wish to remain on the Commission. Mary Watts stated she wants to remain for another term. We don’t know what Salina Masas thoughts are about remaining as a member.