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Regular Meeting of the Mayor''s Committee for People with Disabilities
Aug. 12, 2022

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Friday, August 12, 2022, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, Board & Commission Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once, either in-person or remotely, and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is liaison at for Damian.Pantoja@austintexas.gov remote participation. To register, email the board required The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater Vacant CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Vacant Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL APPROVAL OF MINUTES 10, 2022, Regular meeting. 1. Approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities June STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS 2. Staff briefing regard an update on Office of Civil Rights Support (Pantoja/Alexander) 3. Staff update on Attendance for the quarter, year to date and review Texas Open Meeting Act Requirements (Pantoja) 4. Staff update on new Agenda Formatting (Pantoja) DISCUSSION ITEMS 5. Presentation by Sergio Torres-Peralta with Office of Sustainability regarding work towards making Austin’s first-ever Floor Plan. 6. Presentation by Liz Wisecarver regarding the National Federation of the Blind Newsletter program. (Chair Franks and Commissioner Orlowski). 7. Discussion on the Downtown Commission's position on the use of scooters in the downtown areas and its impact on people with disabilities. (Commissioners Broadwater and Orlowski). 8. Discussion regarding a recommendation to require the City of Austin MBWE Program be amended and expanded to include disability. DISCUISSION AND ACTION ITEMS 9. Discussion and possible action on regarding a recommendation to require certified ASL interpreters to be dispatched to a site with deaf survivors. 10. Discussion and possible vote for items in the September Regular Board Meeting FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring sign language interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please contact the Damian Pantoja …

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SPECIAL CALLED MEETING JOINT MEETING: MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND COMMISSION ON SENIORS FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH, 2022, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. AUSTIN CITY HALL, BOARD & COMMISSION ROOM, ROOM 1101 301 W 2ND STREET, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701 Some members of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and Commission on Seniors may be participating by videoconference. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once, either in-person or remotely, and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, email the board liaison at Damian.Pantoja@austintexas.gov The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABIILITES CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater Vacant Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo COMMISSION ON SENIORS CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Janee Briesemeister, Chair Amy Temperley, Vice-Chair Jacqueline Angel Martha Bauman Patricia Bordie Natalie Cagle Emily De Maria Nicola Erica Garcia-Pittman Martin Kareithi Sally Van Sickle Luz Lopez-Guerrero Henry Van de Putte Fred Lugo Diana Spain Peter Varteressian AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES a. Approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities April 8, 2022 meeting. II. NEW BUSINESS a. Presentation by Public Consulting Group regarding the Disability Quality of Life Study. Temperly) b. Presentation by Project Connect and CapMetro regarding service updates. c. Discussion on the Commission on Seniors Name Change. (Commissioner d. Discussion on the Downtown Commission's position on the use of scooters in the downtown areas and its impact on people with disabilities. (Commissioners Broadwater and Orlowski). e. Discussion regarding a recommendation to require certified ASL interpreters to be dispatched to a site with deaf survivors. f. Discussion regarding a recommendation to require the City of Austin MBWE Program be amended and expanded to include disability. III. OLD BUSINESS a. None. IV. V. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS VI. ADJOURNMENT STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring sign language interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) …

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May 13, 2022

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Friday, May 13, 2022, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, Board & Commission Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once, either in-person or remotely, and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide their comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, call or email the board liaison at (512) 974-2492 or rikki.pfouts@austintexas.gov. The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater Vacant CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL Speakers who register before the meeting is called to order will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 2. NEW BUSINESS: A. Consider approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities April 08, 2022, Meeting. A. Presentation from Liz Wisecraver, Director of the National Federation of The Blind of Texas regarding the Newsline program. B. Presentation from Martin Kareithi, Director of Systemwide Accessibility for Capital Metro regarding a community review that could result in changes to the Customer Code of Conduct. C. Discussion and possible action regarding to asking the City of Austin for more American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter resources for the Deaf community during emergency/first response situations. (Sponsors: Orlowski/Broadwater). STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS 3. OLD BUSINESS None 4. 5. 6. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Rikki Pfouts, Office of Civil Rights, at (512) 974-2494 or rikki.pfouts@austintexas.gov, for additional information. TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, please contact the Office of Civil Rights at (512) 978-1592.

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April 8, 2022

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Friday, April 8, 2022, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, Board & Commission Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once, either in-person or remotely, and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide their comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, call or email the board liaison at (512) 974-2492 or rikki.pfouts@austintexas.gov. The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater Vacant CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo Speakers who register before the meeting is called to order will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. A. Consider approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Disabilities March 11, 2022, Meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS: A. Discussion and action: Elections to Select MCPD 2022 Officers- Full Committee B. Briefing and discussion on upcoming spending priorities for federal housing and community development grants related to the FY 22-23 Action Plan and HOME-ARP grant. C. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. D. Discussion and possible action regarding Family Connects in Response to the Resilient ATX Resolution. E. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for a joint initiative by the City and County to create a downtown mental health diversion program. F. Discussion and possible action on a grant to address community-identified transportation challenges in North Austin's Georgian Acres neighborhood. 3. OLD BUSINESS None 5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 6. ADJOURNMENT 4. STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Rikki Pfouts, Office of Civil Rights, at (512) 974-2494 or …

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March 11, 2022

Special Called Meeting of the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities - Friday March 11, 2022 original pdf

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Friday, March 11, 2022 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Austin City Hall, Board & Commission Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may speak up to three minutes on an item only once either in-person or remotely. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register call or email the board liaison at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov. Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Speakers who register before the meeting is called to order will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. A. Consider approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Disabilities June 11, 2021 Meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS: A. Discussion and possible action to approve the 2022 meeting schedule. B. Discussion and possible action regarding selection of members to represent the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities on the Joint Inclusion Committee. C. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to City Council related to the City of Austin Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget and Strategic Direction 2023: Economic Opportunity and Affordability; Mobility; Safety; Health and Environment; Culture and Lifelong Learning; and Government That Works for All. D. Discussion and possible action regarding moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office. E. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. F. Discussion and possible action regarding Family Connects in Response to the Resilient ATX Resolution. G. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for a joint initiative by the City and County to create a downtown mental health diversion program. H. Discussion and possible action on a grant to address community-identified transportation challenges in North Austin's Georgian Acres neighborhood. 4. STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS 3. OLD BUSINESS None 5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 6. ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and …

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March 11, 2022

20220311 002D: Moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office original pdf

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RECOMMENDATION Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Recommendation Number 20220311-002D: Moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act has already been passed and signed into law by the United States explicitly, and publically as a “civil rights act” for people with disabilities in respect to employment, housing, voting, education, transportation, and public accommodations access; and WHEREAS, the City of Austin is a local government covered under Section II of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act fully and explicitly covers all people with disabilities inside the City of Austin including those who were never employed, cannot work, and/or do not wish to be employed by the City of Austin; and WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act deliberately refers to a specific federal civil rights act with specific local responsibilities; and WHEREAS, Americans with Disabilities Act coverage is not something which somebody must first earn or accrue in order to receive civil rights coverage from municipalities; and WHEREAS the Americans with Disabilities Act Program is the only entity in the City of Austin authorized to evaluate and provide “reasonable accommodation” requests from all requesting people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and WHERAS, all people with disabilities needing “reasonable accommodations” to successfully access and receive City of Austin programs, services, and events are still instructed to contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Program; and WHEREAS, the accommodation process for Austin, Texas residents with disabilities is already publically described on official City of Austin publications including City website and social media; and WHEREAS, the Civil Rights Office was established in January 2021 specifically to provide a centralized location for all civil rights acts in the City of Austin, and this centralized location for civil rights coverage should also include a comprehensive civil rights act which explicitly covers and protects the civil rights of all people with disabilities; and WHEREAS, the Civil Rights Office current responsibilities includes enforcement of employment non-discrimination ordinances and HIV/AIDS, all of which is already specifically covered under the ADA; and WHERAS, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities was proactively and explicitly transferred to the Civil Rights Office April 2021 while the ADA Program remained behind in Human Resources; and WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities commissioners are not permitted to grant “reasonable accommodations” requests from individuals with disabilities …

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March 11, 2022

20220311-002c: Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget Recommendation to increase funding for recreational services, including day habilitation services original pdf

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RECOMMENDATION Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Recommendation Number 20220311-002c: Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget Recommendation to increase funding for recreational services, including day habilitation services, for people with intellectual disabilities WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities (MCPD) regularly considers significant and diverse issues impacting residents of and visitors to the City of Austin with disabilities, including those with intellectual disabilities; WHEREAS, family members of children and adults with intellectual disabilities have experienced an acute lack of recreational and vocational programming for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Austin, including a long waiting list for recreational programming for children with intellectual disabilities and day habilitation services for adults using both state funds for people with disabilities and private pay at the McBeth Recreational Center; WHEREAS, the lack of available day habilitation programming for adults with intellectual disabilities impacts the ability of family members of adults with intellectual disabilities to work and support their families and impacts their quality of life; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the MCPD requests that the City prioritize for funding in its Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget increased programming through the City of Austin Parks Department for people with intellectual disabilities, including increased recreational programming for children and day habilitation programming for people with intellectual disabilities at the McBeth Recreational Center and at other recreational centers, for those paying for such programming using state funds or paying privately, and increased inclusive recreational programming for people with intellectual disabilities and those without in all parts of Austin. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities requests that the Austin City Council allocate funds and explore all available means to increase programming and improve services for people with disabilities. Date of Approval: March 11, 2022 Record of the vote: 6-0; Commissioner Trejo motion, Commissioner Kearns-Osterweil second. Voting in favor were Chair Franks, Commissioner Broadwater, Commissioner Gidseg, Commissioner Kearns-Osterweil, Commissioner Orlowski, and Commissioner Trejo. Attest: Jonathan Babiak Jonathan Babiak, Staff Liaison

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20220311-002c: Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget Recommendation to provide funding for funding for a single-stall accessible bathrooms original pdf

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RECOMMENDATION Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Recommendation Number 20220311-002c: Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget Recommendation to provide funding for funding for a single-stall, gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible bathroom with adult-sized changing table at Zilker Park WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities (MCPD) regularly considers significant and diverse issues impacting residents of and visitors to the City of Austin with disabilities, including those with physical and intellectual disabilities; WHEREAS, the lack of available bathrooms that have a single-stall and are gender-neutral and wheelchair-accessible where children and adult with physical disabilities can enter with an attendant, helper or aide impacts the ability of individuals and their family members and friends and limits their ability to attend recreational events at Zilker Park and other locations and impacts their quality of life; and WHEREAS, family members of children and adults with physical disabilities, including the elderly, have experienced a lack of available bathrooms for their use when attending publicly- funded events, including at Zilker Park, the City’s premier park; WHEREAS, some individuals, including children and adults with physical disabilities, are not able to use a toilet and need to use a changing table, therefore, the changing table must be able to support adult weight; WHEREAS, providing a single-stall, gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible bathroom with adult- sized changing table at Zilker Park would be a benefit to families and care givers of individuals with disabilities, as well as typical families and individuals that use Austin’s premier park. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the MCPD requests that the City prioritize for funding in its Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget funding for a single-stall, gender-neutral, wheelchair- accessible bathroom with adult-sized changing table at Zilker Park NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities requests that the Austin City Council allocate funds for a single-stall, gender- neutral, wheelchair-accessible bathroom with adult-sized changing table at Zilker Park. Date of Approval: March 11, 2022 Record of the vote: 6-0; Commissioner Kearns-Osterweil motion, Commissioner Trejo second. Voting in favor were Chair Franks, Commissioner Broadwater, Commissioner Gidseg, Commissioner Kearns-Osterweil, Commissioner Orlowski, and Commissioner Trejo. Attest: Jonathan Babiak Jonathan Babiak, Staff Liaison

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March 11, 2022

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Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities (MCPD) Special Meeting Minutes March 11, 2022 Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES (11 March 2022) The City of Austin, Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities convened in a special meeting via hybrid conference on March 11, 2022, with a live broadcast on ATXN. CALL TO ORDER: With quorum present Chair Jonathan Franks called the March 11, 2022, meeting of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities to order at 5:45pm Committee Members in Attendance: Chair Jonathan Franks, Commissioners: Joey Gidseg, Robin Orlowski, Deborah Trejo, Diane Kearns-Osterweil. Committee Members Absent: Commissioners: Vice Chair Emily Shyrock, Taurean Burt, Diana Anzaldua, Jennifer Powell Staff in Attendance: Jonathan Babiak, Staff Liaison 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Commissioner Deborah Trejo made a motion to approve the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities June 11, 2021, Special Called Meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Diane Kearns-Osterweil. The motion passed unanimously. CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: No citizen communication that took place during the March 11, 2022, MCPD Special Called Meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS: 2A. Motion to approve recommendation for the 2022 meeting schedule was approved. It was put forth by Commission Orlowski and seconded by Commissioner Kearns-Osterweil. The motion passed 6-0. 2B. Motion to approve selection of members to represent the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities on the Joint Inclusion Committee. It was put forth by Commissioner Trejo and seconded by Commission Orlowski. By a vote of 6-0 Commissioner Joey Gidseg was nominated as alternate. 2C. Motion to approve the draft recommendation to City Council related to the City of Austin Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget and Strategic Direction 2023: Economic Opportunity and Affordability; Mobility; Safety; Health and Environment; Culture and Lifelong Learning; and Government That Works for All, with changes was approved. It was put forth by Commissioner Trejo and seconded by Commission Kearns-Osterweil. The motion passed 6-0. Motion to approve the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget recommendation to provide funding for a single-stall, gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible bathroom with adult-sized changing table at Zilker Park. It was put forth by Commission Kearns-Osterweil and seconded by Commissioner Orlowski. The motion passed 6-0. 2D. Motion to approve the draft recommendation to regarding moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program into the Civil Rights Office. It was put forth by Commission Orlowski and seconded by Commissioner Kearns-Osterweil. The motion passed 6-0. 2E. No discussion and action taken. 2F. No discussion …

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Feb. 25, 2022

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Friday, February 25, 2022 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, Board & Commission Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may speak up to three minutes on an item only once either in-person or remotely. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register call or email the board liaison at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov. Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Speakers who register before the meeting is called to order will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. A. Consider approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Disabilities June 11, 2021 Meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS: A. Discussion and possible action to approve the 2022 meeting schedule. B. Discussion and possible action regarding selection of members to represent the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities on the Joint Inclusion Committee. C. Discussion and possible action regarding moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office. D. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. ATX Resolution. E. Discussion and possible action regarding Family Connects in Response to the Resilient F. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for a joint initiative by the City and County to create a downtown mental health diversion program. G. Discussion and possible action on a grant to address community-identified transportation challenges in North Austin's Georgian Acres neighborhood. H. Discussion and possible action on budget and specifically a request that the City provide additional funding for adult day habilitation. 4. STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS 3. OLD BUSINESS None 5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 6. ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative …

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Feb. 4, 2022

Special Called Meeting of the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities - MCPD Special Called Meeting Friday February 4, 2022 original pdf

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Friday, February 4, 2022 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, Board & Commission Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may speak up to three minutes on an item only once either in-person or remotely. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register call or email the board liaison at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov. Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo CALL TO ORDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Speakers who register before the meeting is called to order will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. A. Consider approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Disabilities June 11, 2021 Meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS: A. Presentation from Brie Franco, City of Austin Intergovernmental Relations Officer, and discussion regarding 87th Texas Legislature. B. Discussion and possible action to approve the 2022 meeting schedule. C. Discussion and possible action regarding selection of members to represent the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities on the Joint Inclusion Committee. D. Discussion and possible action regarding moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office. E. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. F. Discussion and possible action regarding Family Connects in Response to the Resilient ATX Resolution. G. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for a joint initiative by the City and County to create a downtown mental health diversion program. H. Discussion and possible action on a grant to address community-identified transportation challenges in North Austin's Georgian Acres neighborhood. 4. STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS 3. OLD BUSINESS None 5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 6. ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice …

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Dec. 10, 2021

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES December 10, 2021 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, Board & Commission Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of the Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater CALL TO ORDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo Speakers who register before the meeting is called to order will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. A. Consider approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Disabilities June 11, 2021 Meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS: A. Discussion and possible action to approve the 2022 meeting schedule. B. Discussion and possible action regarding moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office. C. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. D. Discussion and possible action regarding Family Connects in Response to the Resilient ATX Resolution. E. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for a joint initiative by the City and County to create a downtown mental health diversion program. F. Discussion and possible action on a grant to address community-identified transportation challenges in North Austin's Georgian Acres neighborhood. 3. OLD BUSINESS None 5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 6. ADJOURNMENT 4. STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at (512) 974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov, for additional information. TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, please contact Jonathan Babiak at (512) 974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov.

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Location: Board & Commission Room (Room 1101) original pdf

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MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES November 12, 2021 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin City Hall, Boards & Commissions Room, Room 1101 301 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Some members of the Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities may be participating by videoconference. The meeting may be viewed online at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Jonathan Franks, Chair Emily Shryock, Vice Chair Diana Anzaldua Taurean Burt Kathryn Broadwater CALL TO ORDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Joey Gidseg Diane Kearns-Osterweil Robin Orlowski Jennifer S. Powell Deborah Trejo Speakers will be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. A. Consider approval of the minutes from the Mayor’s Committee for People with 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Disabilities June 11, 2021 Meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS: A. Discussion and possible action to approve the 2022 meeting schedule. B. Discussion and possible action regarding moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office. C. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. D. Discussion and possible action regarding Family Connects in Response to the Resilient ATX Resolution. E. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for a joint initiative by the City and County to create a downtown mental health diversion program. F. Discussion and possible action on a grant to address community-identified transportation challenges in North Austin's Georgian Acres neighborhood. 3. OLD BUSINESS None 5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 6. ADJOURNMENT 4. STAFF BRIEFINGS AND COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at (512) 974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov, for additional information. TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, please contact Jonathan Babiak at (512) 974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov.

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20211112 1A Draft Minutes June 11, 2021 original pdf

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Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities (MCPD) Regular Meeting Minutes June 11, 2021 Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Regular MEETING MINUTES (June 11, 2021) The City of Austin, Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities convened in a regular meeting via video conference on June 11, 2021 with a live broadcast on ATXN. CALL TO ORDER: With quorum present Chair Jonathan Franks called the June 11, 2021 meeting of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities to order at 5:36 pm. Committee Members in Attendance: Chair Jonathan Franks, Vice Chair Emily Shryock, Kathryn Broadwater, Taurean Burt, Joey Gidseg, Diane Kearns-Osterweil, Robin Orlowski, Deborah Trejo ABSENT: Commissioners: Diana Anzaldua, Maria Villarreal Staff in Attendance: Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights in person. CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: No citizen communication took place during the June 11, 2021 MCPD Regular Meeting. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Commissioner Taurean Burt made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 14, 2021 MCPD Regular Meeting. The motion was seconded by Vice Chair Emily Shryock. The motion passed 8-0. To view this item please visit https://austintx.new.swagit.com/videos/120918?ts=96 and view item APPROVAL OF MINUTES. 2. NEW BUSINESS: 2A. Discussion and possible action regarding community access and participation for people with disabilities during City Council meetings. The Committee discussed this item together with Item 2B. Commissioner Taurean Burt made a motion to submit a recommendation to the City on a future agenda item that the City provide deaf translation services at every Council event, announcements including COVID-19 announcements, and videos. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Orlowski. The motion passed 8-0. To view this agenda item please visit https://austintx.new.swagit.com/videos/122743 and view item 2A. 2B. Discussion and possible action regarding American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services during COVID-19 announcements. The Committee discussed this item together with Item 2A. Commissioner Taurean Burt made a motion to submit a recommendation to the City on a future agenda item that the City provide deaf translation services at every Council event, announcements including COVID-19 announcements, and videos. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Orlowski. The motion passed 8-0. To view this agenda item please visit https://austintx.new.swagit.com/videos/122743 and view item 2B. 2C. Update, discussion, and possible action on Project Connect Community Advisory Committee. Zenobia Joseph addressed the Committee as a Citizen and answered questions. Commissioner Broadwater updated the Committee. The Committee discussed this item. No action was taken. To view this agenda item please visit https://austintx.new.swagit.com/videos/122743 and …

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20211112 2B Civil Rights Office DRAFT original pdf

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DRAFT Moving the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Into the Civil Rights Office WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act has already been passed and signed into law by the United States explicitly, and publically as a “civil rights act” for people with disabilities in respect to employment, housing, voting, education, transportation, and public accommodations access; and WHEREAS, the City of Austin is a local government covered under Section II of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act fully and explicitly covers all people with disabilities inside the City of Austin including those who were never employed, cannot work, and/or do not wish to be employed by the City of Austin; and WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act deliberately refers to a specific federal civil rights act with specific local responsibilities; and WHEREAS, Americans with Disabilities Act coverage is not something which somebody must first earn or accrue in order to receive civil rights coverage from municipalities; and WHEREAS the Americans with Disabilities Act Program is the only entity in the City of Austin authorized to evaluate and provide “reasonable accommodation” requests from all requesting people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and WHERAS, all people with disabilities needing “reasonable accommodations” to successfully access and receive City of Austin programs, services, and events are still instructed to contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Program; and WHEREAS, the accommodation process for Austin, Texas residents with disabilities is already publically described on official City of Austin publications including City website and social media; and WHEREAS, the Civil Rights Office was established in January 2021 specifically to provide a centralized location for all civil rights acts in the City of Austin, and this centralized location for civil rights coverage should also include a comprehensive civil rights act which explicitly covers and protects the civil rights of all people with disabilities; and WHEREAS, the Civil Rights Office current responsibilities includes enforcement of employment non‐ discrimination ordinances and HIV/AIDS, all of which is already specifically covered under the ADA; and WHERAS, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities was proactively and explicitly transferred to the Civil Rights Office April 2021 while the ADA Program remained behind in Human Resources; and WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities commissioners are not permitted to grant “reasonable accommodations” requests from individuals with disabilities seeking access to City services or resources; this …

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20211112 2C Healthcare Navigation Immigrant Communities DRAFT original pdf

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BOARD/COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION Commission on Immigrant Affairs Recommendation Number: 20210301‐2b: Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities WHEREAS, immigrant communities in the City of Austin report a need for healthcare access services that remove language barriers and help navigate administrative healthcare systems; and WHEREAS, targeted community health navigation programs provide access to city and local health and wellness resources through patient advocacy, health navigation education, self‐sufficiency resources, interpretation/translation support, referrals to local resources, and eligibility & application assistance; and WHEREAS, programs already exist including the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative and the Latino Healthcare Forum’s PromoSalud program, among others, providing these resources to local Spanish‐ speaking, Chinese, Burmese, Korean, Nepali, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Syrian, Iraqi, and other Arabic speaking communities; and WHEREAS, some of these programs, namely, the Arabic and Chinese programs, run through the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative, are presently funded by emergency grants that will expire; and WHEREAS, the community identified a need to maintain and continue all existing programs permanently, and to expand current services to additional communities and initiatives; and WHEREAS, the Commission recognizes the public health benefit of these services to the City’s immigrant communities and the community at large, particularly during the global pandemic; and WHEREAS, some of these programs are already receiving funding from Austin Public Health, demonstrating the City also values these services. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Commission on Immigrant Affairs recommends the City increase its funding to permanently maintain existing health navigation and liaison programs, and that Austin Public Health seek additional opportunities to fund these initiatives and partner with the local organizations providing these services. Record of the vote: Unanimous on a 9‐0 vote with Samuel Adair and Glenn Rosales absent Date of Approval: March 1, 2021 Attest: DRAFT Staff Liaison DRAFT

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20211112 2D Family Connects Resilient ATX DRAFT original pdf

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20211112 2E Mental Health Diversion Center DRAFT original pdf

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DRAFT LOCAL SUPPORT FOR A MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION CENTER WHEREAS, mental illness is not a crime, but the ongoing lack of accessible affordable, and culturally appropriate local treatment options frequently has left people with disabilities locked up inside a jail cell; and WHEREAS, both this defacto criminalizing people with mental health issues and allowing the homeless to lay on sidewalks were inadequate and inappropriate public policies; and WHEREAS, law enforcement dislike being relegated to defacto mental health care providers for individuals who are in need of effective culturally appropriate mental health care treatment options; WHEREAS, this committee repeatedly has pressed the City to actively address ableism as a critical and necessary component for obtaining and then maintaining an equitable society; and WHEREAS, ableism is not a ‘lesser’ form of discrimination within the City of Austin; and WHEREAS, ableism must be formally prohibited in all City of Austin offices, departments, and programs to achieve equity; and WHEREAS, Austin Police Department Police Chief Chacon, Travis County District Attorney Garza, and Travis County Attorney Garza have all already expressed public support for establishing a Mental Health Diversion Center; and WHEREAS, a Mental Health Diversion Center should not prosecute people with disabilities who are in need of mental health care and/or substance abuse issues; and WHEREAS, a Mental Health Diversion Center was proposed specifically to help people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues; and WHEREAS, this proposed help must be culturally inclusive and refrain from promoting ableist stereotypes about people with disabilities within the City of Austin; and WHEREAS mental illness and substance abuse are already recognized as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and WHEREAS, the Mental Health Diversion Center should be collaboratively planned and funded like the City of Austin Texas is in fact now America’s 10th largest City; and NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities encourages the Austin City Council endorse the collaborative establishment of a Mental Health Diversion Center as a means of effectively and permanently addressing identified mental health and addiction needs in Austin‐Travis County without criminalizing people with disabilities, including people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues.

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