Board of Directors Conference Call September 18, 2000


Call to Order

President Cathy Ficker Terrill called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. on September 18, 2000.


Members present—Cathy Ficker Terrill, president; Steven F. Warren, president-elect; Ruth A. Luckasson, vice-president; Joanna L. Pierson; Marsha M. Seltzer; Gail Davis; Virgil L. Hobbs; Regina L. Farrer; Eleanor B. Wright; Genevieve D. Pugh; Sharon C. Gomez; David A. Rotholz; Joseph P. Meadours. Members absent—Marcia B. Bryan, Bernard R. Wagner, Henry A. Bersani, Sister Kathryn Jennings, David M. Mank, Cordelia C. Robinson. National staff present: M. Doreen Croser, Maria A. Alfaro.

M/S/P (V. Hobbs, J. Pierson): To accept the minutes of the July 24, 2000, meeting, as amended, to reflect the correct spelling of Rotholz and Meadours.

M/S/P (Luckasson, Farrer): To accept the minutes of the August Executive Meeting, as amended, to reflect 3 not 4 goal areas in the Strategic Plan.



C. Ficker Terrill discussed the process for joining Amicus briefs. Typically, AAMR convenes an independent Litigation Decision Committee, but when the Board has a scheduled meeting and the necessary expertise is available on the Board, the Board can serve as the Litigation Decision Committee.

M/S/P (S. Gomez, J. Pierson): To endorse serving as an Amicus Curiae in the Johnny Paul Penry case, pending consultation with James W. Ellis and an opportunity to review the brief in advance.


S. Warren announced plans were proceeding well for the 2001 Convention in Denver. He also reported on the Consortium on Language, Image and Public Education, which met on September 8, 2000, in Maryland. A subcommittee was formed to develop data to support or refute the recommendations for use in the mental retardation terminology. The subcommittee will look at international perspectives. The Consortium also agreed that the term mental retardation would not be changed in federal law at this time. The Consortium received a briefing on Peter Yarrow's “Don't Laugh at Me Campaign.” The next Consortium meeting will be in December.


R. Luckasson provided an update on the work of the ad hoc Committee on Terminology & Classification. The definition of mental retardation that is proposed for the 10th edition of the classification manual has recently been printed in News & Notes. The full committee will meet in November to review member comments and to finalize their recommendations. She also gave an update on the OSEP meeting she attended on behalf of AAMR. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a 10-year plan for special education services. She reported that students with significant disabilities were well-represented at this meeting. The next OSEP meeting will be held in December.

Executive Director

D. Croser provided a summary of the Nominations and Elections Committee meeting on behalf of Past-President Wagner who was not able to participate in the Board meeting.

Speaker Pro-Tem

V. Hobbs reported for the Assembly of Regions. The minutes of the last meeting will be forwarded to the Board.

Conference of Divisions

G. Pugh reported that the Conference list serve is operational. The Divisions are working on building alliances for an Institute on Direct Support Staff. All divisions are attempting to enhance the quality of their Web pages.


G. Pugh reported for the LASI committee. The committee met on September 1, 2000. By 2001, the committee will complete and update a number of policy statements.

R. Farrer reported on the National Alliance of Direct Support Staff. They have drafted a Code of Ethics. The Alliance is asking for input from the Board. The Board is encouraged to go on-line and complete the survey, which is available at

D. Croser reported updated information on the First Monday Campaign. No action taken. She also provided the Financial Status Report on behalf of Secretary Treasurer Bryan who was not able to be present.

President C. Ficker Terrill provided an update on the SIGN Committee. She also asked all Board members to think of ways to celebrate the Association's 125th Anniversary in 2001.


The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m. EDST.Respectfully submitted,Cathy Ficker Terrill

Executive Committee Conference Call November 6, 2000


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. EST by AAMR President Cathy Ficker Terrill.


Members present—Cathy Ficker Terrill, president; Steve F. Warren, president-elect; Marcia B. Bryan, secretary-treasurer; Genevieve D. Pugh, Conference of Divisions; Members absent—Ruth A. Luckasson, vice-president, Virgil L. Hobbs, Assembly of Regions. National staff present—M. Doreen Croser, Maria A. Alfaro.

Officers' and Director's Reports

The resignation of Donald K. Routh as Editor of AJMR prior to the expiration of his appointment has been received. The Executive Committee agreed to begin the search for a new editor immediately. Ficker Terrill will appoint an ad hoc committee to work with the Publications Committee Chairperson to oversee the process.

M. Bryan briefly reviewed the proposed budget for 2001. The Finance Committee will meet to review it in detail on November 17, 2000, and forward its recommendations to the Board for its November 22 meeting.

S. Warren reported that the number of submissions for presentations at the 2001 Annual Conference is far higher than in previous years. All committees are on schedule for program planning and publication of the preliminary program.

D. Croser outlined several initiatives to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Association. Formal presentations on these will be incorporated into the agenda of the Winter Leadership meeting.

Croser and Warren reported that the Task Force on Language is awaiting funding that has been promised from the Social Security Administration and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to proceed with a study on the current practice in language.

New Business

Requests for the Association to join as Amici were considered.

M/S/P (M. Bryan, S. Warren): To send a letter in support of The Arc of Florida as Amicus in the appeal of R. L. Cherry v. State of Florida to the Supreme Court of Florida.

A request from the Disability Council of the White Mountains (AZ) to join as amicus in a Supreme Court case involving the ADA was deferred pending additional information from the plaintiffs.


The meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m., EST.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia B. Bryan, EdD, FAAMR

Board of Directors MeetingNovember 20, 2000


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 PM (EST) on Monday, November 20, 2000, by AAMR President-Elect Steven F. Warren.


Members present—Steven F. Warren, president-elect; Ruth A. Luckasson, vice president; Marcia B. Bryan, secretary-treasurer; Henry A. Bersani, Jr.; Regina L. Farrer; Sharon C. Gomez; Virgil L. Hobbs; David M. Mank; Joanna L. Pierson; Genevieve D. Pugh; Cordelia C. Robinson; David A. Rotholz; Marsha M. Seltzer; Eleanor B. Wright. Members absentCathy Ficker Terrill, president; Bernard R. Wagner, past president; Gail Davis; Sister Kathryn Jennings; Joseph P. Meadours. National staff presentM. Doreen Croser.

Approval of Minutes

M/S/P (V. Hobbs, E. Wright): To accept the Minutes of the September 18, 2000, meeting of the Board of Directors with the correction of item IV.C. by substituting the words “special education” for “transition.”

M/S/P (H. Bersani, D. Rotholz): To accept the Minutes of the November 6, 2000, meeting of the Executive Committee.



S. Warren presented the following items for C. Ficker Terrill, who will be appointing a committee in January to begin the search for a new editor of AJMR due to the early resignation of Donald K. Routh.

M/S/P (H. Bersani, R. Luckasson): To extend the appointment of the Editor of Mental Retardation for an additional 2 years until 2004.

Initial discussions between AAMR and AAUAP on joint publications have been well-received and will continue. S. Warren then went on to indicate that the work of the Consortium on Language, Image and Public Education will continue in 2001. A contract from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Social Security Administration is pending.

Finance Committee

They proposed the following actions to the Board for approval.

M/S/P That the (un-audited) September and October Financial Statements be received.

M/S/P To adopt the 2001 Budget as presented.

M/S/P That the $60,000 of maturing Zero Coupon Bonds be invested in either insured Certificates of Deposit or Zero Coupon Bonds, whichever has the higher interest rates.


R. Luckasson reported that the Updated Strategic Plan will be included with the Board packet for the December meeting for review prior to discussion at the Board meeting. The Terminology and Classification Committee met last week with all members present to review comments submitted and make revisions on the manuscript.

Executive Director

D. Croser reminded Board members to support the Membership recruitment and Agency Sponsorship activities being planned in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting. The 125th Anniversary Get a Member Campaign will be launched in conjunction with the December leadership meeting. Prizes will come from the Association's accumulated points with the AAMR American Express account. A partnership with the Boxwood Company to create a web-based “Career Center” for AAMR is being pursued by Association staff. The Board enthusiastically endorsed this venture, which would be both a revenue generator and a membership service.

Conference of Divisions

G. Pugh reported that the Conference had nearly reached its goal of securing financial sponsorship of $10,000 for a Training Institute to be presented by the Administration and Community Services Divisions in the spring of 2001. The group working on the Consumer Handbook will meet the morning of December 10 in conjunction with the Winter Leadership Meeting in Washington, DC, to continue its work.

Committee Reports

Awards and Fellowship

The Committee will meet later in the month to finalize their recommendations in time for the Board to consider at the December Board Meeting.


The 2004 meeting will be held in France. David Mank indicated that the Council was extremely gratified by the American participation in the 2000 conference in Seattle.

New Business

M/S/P (R. Luckasson, V. Hobbs): To decline to join as Amicus Curiae in a case that has no connection with nor any ramifications for individuals with disabilities.


The meeting adjourned at 2 p.m. EST.Respectfully submitted,Marcia B. Bryan, EdD, FAAMR