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: FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) Town Hall

10th May, 2018

Register here to attend this webinar.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) leads FEMA's commitment to whole-community emergency management by integrating individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs into all aspects of disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. In this session, new FEMA ODIC Director Linda Mastandrea will introduce herself and present FEMA Administrator Brock Long's strategic plan for the Agency. She will discuss how the community can leverage that approach to be successful in collaborating with their state, local, territorial and tribal partners in emergency management.

Questions will be fielded for this event. Please send questions to with the Subject line: QUESTION FOR LINDA MASTANDREA. These will be addressed by Linda during the session. If time permits, other questions will be fielded during the event.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand FEMA's strategic plan and how to leverage it for successful collaborations.


Linda Mastandrea, serves as the Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) at FEMA. Ms. Mastandrea has spent the majority of her career as an attorney concentrating her practice in disability law and civil rights, representing people with disabilities who have experienced discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and government services and benefits. She has taught disability law, lectured on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability laws nationwide, and served as a special education hearing officer.

Ms. Mastandrea has built a reputation as a subject matter expert on inclusive emergency management practices. She has provided training, consultation and technical assistance to emergency managers around the nation and served as a Disability Integration Adviser Reservist with FEMA. She has presented at the National Homeland Security Conference, the Texas Homeland Security Conference, the Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference, the Illinois Emergency Management Association Conference, and a NEMA webinar.

From 1990-1999, Ms. Mastandrea represented the United States seven times in wheelchair track in international competition, including two Paralympic Games, winning 15 gold and 5 silver medals. She set national, world and Paralympic records numerous times. Ms. Mastandrea is the first female Paralympian inducted into both the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Ms. Mastandrea currently serves as Chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee Legal and Ethics Committee. Her book, Sports and the Physically Challenged: An Encyclopedia of People, Events and Organizations was published in 2006.

Ms. Mastandrea earned her BA from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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.