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Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

The Emerging Landscape: The Law Related to People with Disabilities and Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware is hosting a two-part webinar series titled  “The Emerging Landscape: The Law Related to People with Disabilities and Emergency Preparedness and Response”  featuring Brian Parsons, Senior Policy Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

View the presentation in videoslides or as a Microsoft Word file.

Part 2: In the second webinar, scheduled for November 3, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Brian will explain what emergency managers should know about civil rights requirements regarding individuals with disabilities in preparedness, response and recovery activities.  He will address legal principles including accessibility, integration, inclusion, effective communication and program modification.  The presentation will enable participants to better understand expectations about full and equal access by individuals with disabilities, know how to involve individuals with disabilities in community preparedness, and see how integration will improve safety and health outcomes during disasters.  This information will be of interest to emergency managers and public administrators.

Reserve your seat for the November 3 webinar now at:

You may access the webinar’s audio content via your computer speakers or, alternatively, by telephone. If you select the last option, you will be given a telephone number to call. Please note: You will incur your carrier’s customary long-distance charges if you select this option. This is not a toll-free number.

Part 1: The first webinar was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. Brian explained what individuals with disabilities should know about their civil rights regarding how the government responds to disasters.  He addressed legal obligations for accessibility in public information, evacuation, transportation, sheltering, supports and services, and community recovery.  The presentation enabled participants to develop expectations about what should happen and not happen in an emergency, know how to get involved in community preparedness, and better understand their own responsibility to be prepared.

The webinar was broadcast live in room 132A at the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, Delaware.



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