ADA National Network Webinar Series:
Emergency Management and Preparedness -
Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
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Schedule 2018-19

These 90 minute webinars are delivered by the Pacific ADA Center using the Zoom 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 Section 504 Disability Access Plan

12th December, 2019

Registration for this webinar is now closed.

FEMA is engaged in implementing its Section 504 Disability Access Plan to enhance access for people with disabilities and strengthen compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. FEMA's Office of Equal Rights is leading this effort and will provide an overview of the 504 Plan and the five focus areas: Public Information, training and exercises, publishing the rights of people with disabilities, disaster recovery programs, and facilities. FEMA's Office of Equal Rights seeks to build disability-related capacity within FEMA through the 504 Plan. This webinar will provide an overview of FEMA's 504 Disability Access Plan and strategies the Agency is employing to address the need for enhanced access for people with disabilities in the five focus areas.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of FEMA's responsibilities to enhance access for people with disabilities in its public-facing programs and activities
  • Learn about how these five focus areas relate to helping people before, during, and after disasters, including people with disabilities, and how FEMA's initiative relates to access obligations at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels


Stephanie Fell is a Senior Civil Rights Policy Advisor/Section 504 Coordinator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She is responsible for disability-related policy and civil rights compliance in connection with FEMA-conducted and FEMA-funded programs. Previously, Stephanie served in FEMA's counsel's office and Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. Stephanie has deployed to a number of disaster operations to promote disability integration in FEMA's programs.


ADA National Network Learning Session: Earthquake Preparedness For Everyone, With Everyone

9th January, 2020

Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves before, during, and after earthquakes. People with Access and Functional Needs (AFN) or disabilities need to be aware of what steps to take for earthquake preparedness and emergency managers need to be deliberate in including people with disabilities in their advising, education and outreach efforts. In this webinar participants will get an overview of new resources and materials developed by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. Emergency Managers will learn steps to take to include people with disabilities in preparedness education and drills. Earthquake Preparedness is for everyone with everyone!

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to modify earthquake preparedness and safety steps for Access and Functional Needs and disabilities
  • Awareness of educational tools and resources for earthquake preparedness outreach, exercises, and drills
  • Understand one best practice model for modifying earthquake training for people with I/DD


Mark Benthien is Director for Communication, Education, and Outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California where he works to increase earthquake and tsunami awareness and to reduce loss. Mark is also Executive Director of the Earthquake Country Alliance, which organizes the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. He was recognized as a White House "Champion of Change" for expanding ShakeOut participation worldwide.

Shannon M. Mulhall, NIC, ADAC, CASp, is the Chair of the Earthquake Country Alliance Seniors & People with Disabilities Committee, and the ADA Coordinator for the City of Fresno, CA. Mulhall actively serves the community in a variety of ways, including participation on the Fresno Citizen Corps, as a trainer for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and coordinator of the Joint Access and Functional Needs Work Group, which brings to the table emergency management personnel, representative from organizations serving individuals with disabilities, and community stakeholders to strengthen community preparedness and enhance resiliency and recovery efforts.