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.
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On June 18, 2014, our newly elected team of ACCESS officers will be sworn into their offices.
Christine Whitmore will step up as our new President. Chris is a Developmental Specialist out of the Green Road Services Center. As an ACCESS member for 30 years, she has a belief in maintaining a strong Association.
Paula Hackley, who was appointed as Vice-President in April and then voted into office in May, will continue her efforts to reach out to members for increased Association involvement and leadership training opportunities. Paula is an OT in the Early Intervention Department and has made recruiting both “seasoned” and new members a priority.
Dave Selent, a CCBDD electrician and ACCESS member for just one year, will mind the dollars and cents as our new Treasurer. Dave is a long-time union supporter, maintaining his membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) as well as his ACCESS membership.
Marian Graham is a familiar face among ACCESS leaders and will be our new Secretary. Marian has served as an SLP Rep for years, did a stint as our Grievance Chair, Negotiations Team member, and has attended a variety of NEOEA and OADDP events.
Besides the officers, the three At-Large Association Reps will be Paula Clark, Lynnette Harris, and Jeanni Zeal. Gloria Stansberry will serve as ACCESS Past President.
(A little clarification about Reps vs. Alternates: if the Rep is unable to attend an ACCESS monthly meeting, the Alternate is to substitute; if both are present and a vote is held on some matter, only the Rep gets to vote – both are always welcome at meetings.)
If your group does have its full allotment and you want to take on a more involved role with the Association, what about joining an ACCESS committee? More information on that to follow!
There are times being a service provider to individuals with developmental disabilities, their family, and staff has its disadvantages. One of these times is when an assault occurs. A staff member may be assaulted while in one of our centers, while in a family home, or in the community. If you are the victim of an assault at work or on a work-related activity, the following procedures are recommended.
1. Contact the proper CCBDD authorities.
2. Contact ACCESS President, Gloria Stansberry.
3. File all appropriate police reports. Press Charges against the assaulting individual.
4. Go to a doctor. Get a doctor’s statement if there is even a remote possibility of personal injury.
5. Take pictures, if relevant, and possible, of injuries or property damage.
6. Review Article 36, Assault Leave, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA):
• follow the timelines for reporting to your supervisor and obtaining medical treatment;
• you may qualify for up to five days of paid assault leave;
• complete and submit the ACCESS-CCBDD Leave Form (Appendix D of the CBA) and the required physician’s statement; and
• complete and submit the Work-Related Injuries (Assault) Form (Appendix G of the CBA).
7. Avoid talking to anyone representing the assaulting individual without prior counsel.
8. Inquire from the HR Department which papers and forms are necessary for possible Workers Compensation Claim.
9. Write down as soon as possible after the assault incident all particulars of the situation, including names, witnesses, date, time(s), location, and general conditions.
10. Contact an attorney to consider a civil claim. Any person who has been willfully and maliciously assaulted by a minor may recover up to $10,000 in compensatory damages from the parents having custody of an unmarried child under the age of 18.
11. Remember, OEA members are covered by the OEA/NEA Legal Services Program (LSP) if charges are filed against you.