ACCESS, is a professional organization representing employees at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD.) ACCESS is a local affiliate of the NEOEA, the OADDP, the OEA, and the NEA. Our members provide educational services and supports to young children, students, and adult consumers served by the CCBDD in Cuyahoga County in northeastern Ohio.
I am loving retirement!! The best part is not having to set an alarm clock! On Monday morning, I volunteer at The Gathering Place, an organization that helps people who have been diagnosed with cancer. I went through a bout with endometrial cancer in 2010 and I am happy to say I’ve been free and clear since. My other volunteering is at Playhouse Square as a Redcoat, seating people for performances. It’s a great way to see shows for free!
My favorite past time is traveling. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Italy in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, I lived in Florence for over a month with Debbie Bratt and her sister. We also stayed a week in Paris. Last year I cruised Italy with my sister and her best friend. I’m so lucky!
Of course, winter in Cleveland sends me straight to my sisters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. I usually stay about two months. My sister and I are starting to plan our next adventure for summer 2014. We are thinking maybe an Alaskan cruise or Barcelona, Spain. Any suggestions?
I still enjoy flea markets, rummage and garage sales but I don’t go very often since I’m not buying toys for school anymore. I still get a little crafty now and then. I made a lot of yard art which consists of gluing old vases and plates together to make a statue. I also have been embellishing T-Shirts.
Best of all – I lie in my hammock and read a book. LIFE IS GOOD!!!
Sent from my iPad, Sally Barbour.
The 2013-2014 Monthly ACCESS Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of the month at the William Pat Day Services Center, in Conference Room A, from 4:15 to 6:15 pm. Please note the dates below. Monthly ACCESS Meetings are always open to all members.
- September 18, 2013 February 19, 2014
- October 9, 2013* March 19, 2014
- November 20, 2013 April 16, 2014
- December 18, 2013 May 21, 2014*
- January 15, 2014 June 18, 2013
Two of the monthly meetings are held off-site per year, one in May and one in October. The meeting will be held at the Edgewater Yacht Club on October 9th at 4:15pm. The October meeting will be the second Wednesday of October instead of the usual third Wednesday.
Have you ever wondered what to do if your supervisor denied your request for Professional Leave? Or, if rules in your department seem to be different than the rules everyone else has to follow? Have you ever looked up information in your contract to learn more about your benefits? Have you ever questioned whether management can require you to work late nights or weekends? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, you might be the right member to be our new Grievance Chair. Contact Gloria Stansberry if you have questions or might be interested. Training is available through both NEOEA and OEA and ACCESS leadership will be there to help you learn the ropes of processing grievances. Most grievances are resolved through maintaining open lines of communication between the Association and management. When issues cannot be resolved, additional help is provided by OEA.
ACCESS needs a new Grievance Chair. After years of serving as the ACCESS Grievance Chair, Marian Graham has decided it’s time to step down. Thank you, Marian, for your years of service.
Many ACCESS members have flexible schedules and work at multiple work sites and locations in the community. Sometimes we’re on the clock and off the clock multiple times per day. However we have to work our schedules, we’re responsible for keeping our timesheets up-to-date.
These days, GPS features are available on many devices. GPS devices installed in CCBDD vehicles and GPS-enabled mobile devices issued to staff members enable the CCBDD to track the location of the device. This may be a good thing should a CCBDD vehicle, iPad, smart phone, or cell phone be stolen or lost because it could aid in the recovery of the property. Staff members should be aware that, being CCBDD property, the equipment (and possibly, you) could also be tracked at any time.
As a result of our recent negotiations, there are many very important changes in our contract which you must be aware of. These changes will be detailed in articles on the web site on a regular basis. It is your responsibility to read, know and ask questions about this information.
Article 63, Driving Regulations, applies to all ACCESS staff except administrative assistants. Your on-the-job driving privileges will be suspended if you become uninsurable with the CCBDD insurance. You become uninsurable and excluded from coverage if your Motor Vehicle Report contains the following:
1. DUI/DWI conviction
2. Reckless operation conviction
3. Three convictions for any violations in a rolling three year period
4. Accumulation of 6 points in a rolling 3 year period
5. Loss of physical control conviction
You can be considered uninsurable if your Motor Vehicle Report contains the following:
1. A combination of 2 or more convictions and 1 at fault accident in a rolling 3 year period
2. Two or more at fault accidents in a rolling 3 year period
If driving privileges are suspended for less than 30 work days, CCBDD will try to accommodate you by permitting flexible arrangements in getting the work done. If driving privileges are suspended for more than 30 days, you may be permitted to obtain business use insurance. This insurance is obtained at your expense. If you are convicted of a major violation or have two at-fault accidents in a three year period you may be terminated or placed on unpaid leave of absence.
You are required to report in writing driving convictions for minor violations (2 points or less) within 5 business days. Major violations must be reported on your next work day. The reporting form is on Infonet.