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May 10, 2018 - Houston, Texas

Thursday, May 10, 2018

CALL-IN NUMBER: 1-888-599-8667; Conference ID:1798299 

Conference Title: NCD Meeting; Host Name: Neil Romano 


DATE: May 10, 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 AM Central, 8:00 AM Mountain, 7:00 AM Pacific


 (Central Time)

 9:00 –    9:10 AM Welcome and Introductions, Chairman Neil Romano

        • ​Acceptance of Agenda 
        • Roll Call of NCD Council Members and Staff 
        • Approval of Minutes

  9:10 –   9:15 AM Greetings from the Mayor’s Office 


  9:15 –   9:20 AM Greetings from Lex Frieden, Former NCD Chair


  9:20 – 10:05 AM  Executive Reports

        • Chairman’s Report, Neil Romano
        • Executive Director’s Report, Lisa Grubb
        • Financial Representative’s Report, Billy Altom
        • Governance Representative’s Report, Rabia Belt 
        • Director of Policy Report, Joan Durocher
        • Director of Legislative Affairs Report, Anne Sommers 

10:05 – 10:20 AM Break

10:20 – 11:20 AM Hurricane Preparation, Response and Recovery 

        • Richard Petty, Panel Moderator, Director, National Center for Aging and Disability; Co Director, Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU); Chair, Houston Commission on Disabilities 
        • Maria Town, Director, Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
        • Hannah Mehta, Founder, Protect TX Fragile Kids” (PTFK)
        • Frederick Jefferson, Director, Man II Man Support for Fathers of Special Needs Children

11:20 –  12:00 PM Progress Report

        • Amy Nicholas, Attorney Advisor, NCD
        • David T. Hutt, Ph.D. Senior Staff Attorney, National Disability Rights (NDRN)

12:00 –    1:00 PM    Lunch Break

  1:00 –    2:00 PM    Guardianship Panel

        • Phoebe Ball, Panel Moderator, Legislative Affairs Specialist, NCD
        • Richard LaVallo, Legal Director, Disability Rights Texas
        • Dawn Carlton, Advocate, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, ADAPT, Texas Guardianship Reform and Supported Decision-making workgroup (GRSDM)
        • Belinda Carlton, Coordinator, Texas Guardianship Reform and Supported Decision-making workgroup (GRSDM)
        • David W. Slayton, Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration, Executive Director of the Texas Judicial Council

   2:00 –   2:15 PM  Break

   2:15 –   3:15 PM   Education Panel / IDEA

        • Wendy Harbour, Panel Moderator, Council Member, NCD
        • Dustin Rynders, Disability Rights Network
        • Kim Torres, TEAM Project at Partners Resource Network
        • Lisa Cowart, Project Director, Partners Resource Network PATH Project
        • Jana McKelvy, Texans for Special Education Reform

   3:15 –   4:00 PM    Bioethics and Disabilities

        • Steven C. Rhatigan, Founder and Principal, The Archer Consulting Group

   4:00 –  4:30 PM  Public comments - we’re ready to hear more!

In March, NCD decided its policy priorities for the next fiscal year. In advance of the meeting, we asked for your thoughts regarding the slate of proposed projects under consideration, and we heard from a great number of you in advance of the meeting and at the meeting itself. Thank you! Your insights were instrumental in the way the Council voted on its projects, and helped to steer the direction of NCD’s reports in the next fiscal year. 

Now we’re ready to hear from you again about those topics. 

        • Involuntary institutionalization of people with disabilities as a result of disasters;
        • Guardianship follow-on report regarding specific issues for I/DD populations;
        • Guardianship follow-on report examining why guardianship has almost never been addressed by federal courts despite serious due process implications; 
        • Subminimum wage follow-on work regarding use of 14(c) within for-profit supply chains;
        • Bioethics and disability (report series); and 
        • Centralized accommodation funds for the Federal Government   

 4:30 PM Adjourn

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