Free Webinar on Accessible Retail Stores and Spaces – November 6

Accessibility standards under the American with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act provide criteria for the multitude of elements in retail stores and spaces such as parking, checkout aisles, sales and service counters, queues and waiting lines.

Attendees are encouraged to review the previous session on this topic and submit questions in advance for this discussion.

Sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30 pm Mountain/11:30 am Pacific, November 6 2014.

Sessions are offered free of charge. All sessions are closed captioned via the webinar platform.

Register online.

Webinar on Emergency Management for People with Disabilities

SPRINGFIELD: In the past 12 months, Illinois residents have endured flooding, tornadoes, snow storms, a Polar Vortex and other public safety emergencies.  While these and other disasters can’t be prevented, their impact can be reduced when people, businesses, schools and others in a community are properly prepared.

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With that in mind, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will focus on ‘Preparedness for the Whole Community’ throughout April as part of its 2014 preparedness campaign.

“Whole community means everyone in a community needs to be prepared for disasters, not just emergency response agencies” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “Individuals, families, businesses, schools, faith-based groups and other community organizations should develop and practice emergency plans that address the needs of everyone in our community.  This should include seniors, children, those with health concerns or disabilities, non-English speaking residents and others.”

The state of Illinois has several resources available to assist with whole community preparedness, including an upcoming webinar, a preparedness guidebook for people with disabilities, American Sign Language (ASL) videos, information available in six non-English languages and links to information available from other organizations.

On April 8, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Disability and Health Program will sponsor a webinar entitled, ‘Partnering with People with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness Activities.’  The webinar, which will take place from 1–2 p.m. (CST), is designed to help emergency preparedness professionals include people with disabilities in emergency planning and exercises.

The webinar will feature Jessica Mitchell, Disabilities Integration Specialist with FEMA Region V, who will provide information on the concept of whole community planning, why it is important to include people with disabilities in emergency exercises and how to plan inclusive exercises.

In addition, a panel of speakers from agencies serving people with disabilities will discuss specific populations of people with disabilities, how to recruit people with a variety of different disabilities and how their agencies can assist local planners to include people with disabilities.

The webinar is aimed at local health department and emergency management agency preparedness staff, local community-based organizations and others serving people with disabilities.

The program is being held in collaboration with the Great Lakes ADA Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

To register for the webinar, visit

Webinar on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) announces the first of our yearlong series of webinars on promising practices for the inclusion of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in emergency preparedness and disaster response and recovery.

On March 11 from 2-3 pm EST,  joined by Richard Devylder, with the California Office of Emergency Services and Sheri Farinha, from NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

When: March 11, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm -3:00 pm EST

Web Conference URL:

United Spinal to Host Free Webinars on Accessible Housing

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association’s program VetsFirst,  will host two free webinars in November on accessible housing for vets with disabilities and non-service connected disability pension benefits provided by the VA.

 The first webinar Increasing Access to Accessible Housing for Disabled Veterans, will take a closer look at the programs that are available to assist veterans through VA with accessible housing.

The webinar will also focus on VetsFirst efforts in Washington, D.C. to provide additional help for veterans with disabilities, including those who may not currently be eligible for VA assistance, who need support in adapting their homes.

“Access to affordable, accessible housing is critical to ensuring veterans with disabilities are able to live independent lives in their communities,” said Heather Ansley, Esq., MSW, and Vice President of VetsFirst.

“The more veterans who are informed of their rights and the tools available to them the better. This will only help strengthen future policies,” she added.

The second webinar Non-Service-Connected Disability Pension Benefits, will be of great value to many veterans who have disabilities not related to their military service and want to know what monetary benefits are available to them from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The webinar will discuss how the VA provides a pension benefit to wartime veterans who are low-income and age 65 or older, or if under 65, are permanently and totally disabled.  It will also focus on the basic eligibility criteria for VA pension and explain step-by-step how to apply for this monetary benefit.

Source: United Spinal Association

Free Webinar on Accessible Transportation Facilities – August 1

Accessibility standards for transportation facilities apply to the construction and alteration of transportation facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and became effective November 29, 2006.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) adopted these standards based on updated guidelines issued by the Board. This session will review the provisions for fixed guide way stations, intercity rail stations, and bus shelters along with some along with some additional requirements established by the U S Department of Justice.

Sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Sessions are offered free of charge. All sessions are closed captioned via the webinar platform.

Register online.

FTC to hold webinar for people with vision disabilities – July 31

The Federal Trade Commission will host a webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern on July 31 for consumers who are blind or low vision with information on how to protect themselves from identity theft.

The webinar, “Talking Through Identity Theft:  A Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired,” will address the full array of identity theft in the financial, medical and government benefits sectors. In addition, the webinar will address the particular issues facing both children and older adults in dealing with identity theft.

The webinar is free and open to the public. Webinar participants will need to connect via phone and computer, and can join up to 15 minutes in advance of the event.

The FTC strongly recommends that attendees test their computer prior to joining the presentation at

Copies of the slides presented at the webinar will be made available on the FTC’s identity theft resources page for consumers.

Free Webinar on ADA’s Impact on Civil Rights

United Spinal Association’s membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will host free webinar in July on the Americans with Disabilities Act’s impact on civil rights of wheelchair users.

The second webinar The Americans with Disabilities Act & It’s Impact on Civil Rights (ADA)–– Thurs., July 25th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, will highlight how different generations of people with disabilities have been impacted by the ADA.

The webinar will be led by James Weisman, SVP & General Counsel of United Spinal Association––an ADA pioneer and civil rights advocate who has been involved in the disability rights movement since its inception.

Webinar attendees will also learn firsthand about the experiences of two young professionals with disabilities, Alexandra (Alex) McArthur and Quemuel Arroyo (“Q”), who were just infants when the landmark legislation was signed into law and the impact it has had in their lives.

Alexandra (Alex) McArthur is an Associate Consultant for the Taproot Foundation and was a 2012 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and serves as a board member of the National Disability Institute and Junior Board member of the Resources for Children with Special Needs.

“Q” Arroyo is a Human Resource Analyst at Morgan Stanley and is a spokesperson and active volunteer with Project Sunshine.

Both Mr. Arroyo and Ms. McArthur have been successful in their professional endeavors despite the fact that unemployment remains at 65% for people with disabilities both before and after ADA implementation.

Webinar participants will be able to ask questions and interactively explore multiple aspects of the ADA’s successes and continuing challenges with these three dynamic individuals.

Free Webinar on Disaster Preparedness for People with disabilities

United Spinal Association’s membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will host free webinar in July on disaster preparedness for people with disabilities.

The webinar Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities–Tuesday, July 16th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, will provide a brief history of what we’ve learned about disaster preparedness from the World Trade Center to Hurricane Sandy, as it relates to people with disabilities.

People with disabilities will also learn who does what when an emergency strikes– from government agencies, to local emergency management personnel, to non-profit organizations in the community.

The webinar will also take a look at:

  • What works and what doesn’t,
  • What individuals can do to help prepare for their needs,
  • How the disability community can work together to make disaster preparedness better.

Guest speaker will be Margi Trapani, Communications and Education Director – Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York’s (CIDNY).


Free Webinar on Web Accessibility Today

ADA AccessOnline logoThe U.S. Access Board and the ADA National Network will host a free webinar on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) on July 11, 2013 2:30 – 4:00 (ET).

The U.S. Access Board’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Section 508 proposed to incorporate the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in 2010, also known as WCAG 2.0.

The WCAG 2.0 is published and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and are the internationally recognized standards for web accessibility. WCAG is a somewhat intimidating document, and the linked hyperlinked resources can be confusing for a first time reader. This webinar will provide a “walk thru” of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and related materials.

Register online.

By Aqeel Qureshi

Emergency Preparedness Webinar: Using FEMA’s Functional Needs Guidance in Shelters: June 26

The ADA National Network announces the next scheduled session in the on-going Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series produced by the Pacific ADA Center and supported by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

 Two years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided new guidance to eliminate special needs shelters and move to general population shelters with their document “Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters.” This webinar will cover how general population shelters have incorporated FEMA’s Functional Needs Services and Support (FNSS) guidance and the Communication, Medical, Independence, Supervision, and Transportation (C-MIST) framework for planning and response.

Title: Using FEMA’s functional needs guidance in shelters
Time: 2pm ET/1pm CT/12pm MT/11am PT/8am Hawaii (Please verify the time within the time zone you reside in)
Presenters: June Issacson Kailes is a disability policy consultant on emergency preparedness and people with disabilities. Ms. Kailes currently consults with FEMA on disability issues and her 2007 paper established the C-MIST planning and response framework;

Janice Springer DNP, RN, PHN is a Disaster Health Services Advisor in Minnesota. Dr. Springer works as a consultant to the national headquarters of the American Red Cross with a special focus on clients in shelters.

Registration:  Free on-line at

These 90 minute webinars are delivered using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform and all sessions will be closed captioned.   More information on the platform and features available at:

Questions regarding registration, Webinar Platform, etc. should be directed to 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or via email at