ADA National Network Webinar Series:
Health Care and the ADA-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
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Schedule 2019-20

This webinar series intends to provide information and examples of healthcare provision which includes people with disabilities by following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

These 90 minute webinars are brought to you by the Pacific ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network. 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 Special Session: Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities: Guidance, Funding, Strategies, and Best Practices

22nd April, 2021

Registration for this webinar is now closed.

ACL Acting Administrator Alison Barkoff and HHS's Office for Civil Rights Acting Director Robinsue Frohboese will discuss new information on guidance, funding, strategies and best practices related to vaccine access for people with disabilities. They will emphasize recently released resources on vaccine access. Alison will address strategies and promising practices that are helping improve vaccination access, and $100 million of funding provided to ACL by CDC for vaccination efforts,. Robinsue will address OCR's recently released Guidance on Federal Legal Standards Prohibiting Disability Discrimination in COVID-19 Vaccination Programs and the Fact Sheet: Disability Access in Vaccine Distribution

Learning objectives:

  • States and other stakeholders will learn how to meet and exceed federal accessibility requirements and ensure that older adults and people with disabilities get vaccinated quickly and in a welcoming, culturally competent, and culturally relevant environment.
  • States and other stakeholders will learn about legal standards under the federal civil rights laws prohibiting disability discrimination and providing concrete examples of the application of the legal standards in the context of COVID-19 vaccine programs and how to implement them.


Alison Barkoff is the Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging. Alison Barkoff provides executive direction, leadership, guidance and coordination for ACL programs nationwide and advises the HHS Secretary on issues affecting individuals with disabilities and older adults. Ms. Barkoff came to ACL from the Center for Public Representation, where she served as Director of Advocacy and led policy advocacy with federal agencies and Congress and legal advocacy nationally to advance community living and inclusion, including in the areas of healthcare, Medicaid home- and community-based services, employment, housing, and education. She has previously served in numerous other government roles, including as Special Counsel for Olmstead Enforcement in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, leading efforts to enforce the rights of people with disabilities to live, work and fully participate in their communities.

Robinsue Frohboese is the Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Dr. Frohboese is the senior HHS OCR career official ensuring compliance with and policy development of Federal civil rights laws in HHS programs and protecting the privacy of individuals' health information under HIPAA. She has more than 40 years of experience in disability rights and community integration at grassroots, state, and federal levels. She began her federal career working on disability rights issues for Senator Ted Kennedy and served for 17 years as a senior litigation attorney and Deputy Chief at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, focusing on institutional reform and community integration for people with disabilities before joining HHS in 2000. She has led a number of special projects for the HHS Secretary, including reports to the President on the Olmstead Federal blueprint, and represented HHS for ten years on the U.S. Disability Treaty Delegation to the United Nations.

ADA National Network Learning Session: Achieving Equity in a Time of Scarcity: Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Experience

24th June, 2021

This presentation will review the experiences of Medicaid beneficiaries and people with disabilities in California and nationally related to vaccine prioritization and deployment, and reflect on lessons for policy and practice that will support greater equity moving forward.

Learning objectives:

  • Webinar participants will learn about vaccine prioritization protocols and the ways California and other states balanced their goals of speed and equity in vaccine deployment.
  • Webinar participants will learn about some of the promising practices implemented by California and other states during vaccine deployment and implications of those practices for future pandemics or instances of health care rationing/shortages.


Andy Imparato is the executive director of Disability Rights California (DRC), a $34 million legal services organization that serves people with all types of disabilities across California. He serves on California's Community Vaccine Advisory Committee and, in February of 2021, was appointed by President Biden to serve as one of 12 public members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Imparato joined DRC in February of 2020 after a high impact 26-year career in Washington DC where he was disability policy director for Chairman Tom Harkin on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and ran the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and the American Association of People with Disabilities. His perspective is informed by his lived experience with bipolar disorder.

MaryBeth Musumeci is an Associate Director at the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), where she concentrates on Medicaid for people with disabilities, including issues related to people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and long-term services and supports. Prior to joining the KFF, she held a Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellowship at Villanova University School of Law and spent eight years as a civil legal aid lawyer, most recently as the Deputy Legal Advocacy Director of the Disabilities Law Program at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware, where her practice focused on Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, other public benefits programs, and civil rights and accessibility issues.