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Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
100 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meeting called to order at 9:00 AM with the pledge of allegiance following roll call.

Council Members Present:  (14)

Bruce Miles, Dan O’Connor, Robert Kelly, Donté Mickens, Sandra Martin, Patricia Lipovsky Sheryl Brown, Leanne Grillot, Lenora Marten, Sylvia Stinson-Perez, Jesus Garcia, Ben Grzesik, Vicky Magliocchino and Robert Doyle, Director. 

Council Members Absent: (2) Joe Minichiello, Gloria Mills

Council Staff: (1) Alise Fields

DBS Staff Present (2): Tom Austin, Michelle Sampson.

Attendees: (1)

Paul Edwards (FCB)

A motion to adopt the Agenda received followed by a second and passed.

Council Business

Approval of July Minutes -

  • A motion to approve the July minutes received a second and passed.

Location and dates of October 2015 meeting -

  • A motion to have the October 2015 meeting in Jacksonville, FL received a second and passed.
    • Proposed date for Council travel is 10/21, Council Meeting and Public Forum is 10/22, Council Meeting 10/23.
  • A proposal to hold the February 2015 meeting at the DBS office in the Turlington Building was offered.
    • Transportation would be provided.
    • Paul Edwards proposed the Carriage House as an option. 

Agenda Items for February 2015 meeting

  • Special Diplomas-Leanne Grillot
    • Report on GED program
  • Children’s Programs 6-14 years old
  • VR Goals Update
  • Election of Officers
  • New Member Orientation (Before Meeting)  
  • Committee Appointments
  • Preliminary State Plan 2015 Updates
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey
  • Needs Assessments

Children’s Camp Discussion

Lenora Marten and Paul Edwards reported on the following information

  • Target age group 6-13
    • Emphasis on the upper end of the age group.
  • Enrollment
    • Single count during the first year
    • Recommend 30 enrollees from across the state of Florida
  • Criteria
    • Legally Blind 
    • Visually Acuity of 2200 with best correction
    • Independency/High Level of Functioning
  • Curriculum
    • Training to run concurrent with the camp for parents
      • Training will not be held at the same location
    • Connect Youth
    • Personal Management
    • Communication
    • Recreational Activities
  • Proposed Date
    • Summer 2016
  • Steering Committee
    • Responsible for planning
    • Representation from the following groups
      • FRCB
      • Blind Services Foundation
      • State Office of DBS
      • Children’s Counselors from DBS
      • Vision Program from Florida State University
      • Florida Instructional Materials Center
    • Responsible for reporting to the FRCB
    • Consider Funding Sources
      • DBS Foundation
      • Gifts and Donations
      • Projects
      • Entities such as the Lions Club
      • Other funding sources that may become available
    • Develop a specific implementation plan
    • Goals
      • Improve attendance
      • Empowerment
    • Future Meetings
      • Lenora will schedule another teleconference on Children’s Camp

Previous/New Business/Open Discussion

  • Children’s Program Definition
    • Legislative Standpoints
      • Funding Sources
      • Systematic Approaches
    • Pre-Vocational
    • Expanded Core Curriculum

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 AM received a second and passed.