ADA National Network Webinar Series: Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Schedule 2017-18

These 90 minute webinars are delivered by the Pacific ADA Center using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. All sessions will be captioned, recorded and archived.

This program is delivered via both webinar platform and via telephone (additional charges may apply). Real-time captioning is available via the webinar platform.

Webinars begin at ET: 2.30pm, CT: 1.30pm, MT:12.30pm, PT:11.30am, Hawaii: 9.30am during mainland Standard Time; 8.30am during mainland Daylight Savings Time

ADA National Network Learning Session: The Disaster Response Efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

12th July, 2018

Registration for this webinar is not yet open.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) leads the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) commitment to protecting civil rights in natural and man-made disasters. In this session, CRCL's Rebekah Tosado and Brian Parsons will introduce CRCL's disaster related responsibilities drawing upon examples from CRCL's experiences during the 2017 and prior disasters. They will describe CRCL's collaboration with FEMA (a Component of DHS) and federal civil rights partners to provide proactive guidance, address emerging issues, and engage members of the disability community.

Learning objectives:

  • Learner will understand the role of the DHS CRCL in ensuring nondiscrimination in disasters.
  • Learner will be able to describe how compliance with civil rights laws contributes to more effective preparedness, response, and recovery for the whole community.
  • Learner will be familiar with CRCL's civil rights resources that support compliance with civil rights laws.
  • Learner will understand how to contact CRCL to obtain technical assistance, report civil rights issues in disasters, and file a complaint of discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other bases.


Rebekah Tosado is the chief of the Antidiscrimination Group at the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which has responsibilities related to compliance with various federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Brian Parsons, Senior Policy Advisor in the Antidiscrimination Group of CRCL, is a subject matter expert on inclusive disaster management and disability policy.

ADA National Network Learning Session: Feeling Safe, Being Safe Going Forward

9th August, 2018

Feeling Safe, Being Safe was the first online emergency preparedness training series developed by people with intellectual disabilities for people with disabilities and older adults.

The success of Feeling Safe, Being Safe has encouraged adaptation of this model for training development and delivery on a variety of related disability inclusive emergency management initiatives throughout disaster response, recovery and mitigation.

This webinar will examine the strategies used to develop and pilot the community based online community training module, train-the-trainer series and easy-to-use materials. Webinar facilitators will speak about the value of end-user engagement in emergency management training tools.

Feeling Safe, Being Safe was originally developed by The Board Resource Center and California Department of Developmental Services with funding from FEMA/DHS in 2009.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the value of end-user input throughout design and training.
  • Understand ways to adapt Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools and training for unique regional needs.
  • Learn basic methodologies to replicate Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools and training.


Marcie Roth is the CEO of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. Previously, Marcie served as Senior Advisor to FEMA Administrator Fugate and was the Director of the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) after her appointment by President Obama in June 2009. While at FEMA, Marcie led the national transformation towards integrating the access and functional needs of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of whole community emergency and disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

Mark Starford is the Director of The Board Resource Center (BRC). Since 1994 BRC has been providing leadership training and developing accessible tools for organizations and government agencies that advocate for, and provide services to, underserved communities. BRC's focus is on developing adapted sustainable multi-media materials to increase community inclusion, personal safety, and civic engagement for persons with disabilities and older persons. Recent priorities include disability inclusive emergency preparedness, abuse prevention and end-of-life advance planning.