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 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: Fitting Accessibility into the Design and Construction Standards of Storm Shelters.

9th May, 2019

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The ICC 500 is a standard for the design and construction of storm shelters for protection from tornados and hurricanes. This course will review where storm shelters are required by the International building codes. There will also be an overview of the technical, or the how to, requirements in the ICC 500, including access for persons with disabilities. The needs of the type of shelter differ because of the differences between tornadoes and hurricanes. Some of the biggest differences is the amount of warning time to get to a shelter, the time the occupants will stay in the shelter and the differences in the forces from the wind and debris on the shelter. This class will explain those differences and the why behind the requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify where storm shelters are required in the codes.
  • Determine the extent to which storm shelter standard (ICC 500) provisions apply for required and non-required storm shelters
  • Have a general understanding of scoping (where) and technical (how) requirements for tornado and hurricane storm shelters


Kimberly Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect in Technical Services with the International Code Council (ICC). Her experience with ICC includes work in the plan review and code development departments with responsibilities for code development, providing code interpretations, instructing technical seminars and authoring and reviewing instruction materials, code commentary and publication articles. Kimberly serves as code development secretary for the IBC Means of Egress/Accessibility and IBC and IRC Structural committees. She is ICC representative for development of the referenced technical standard, ICC/ANSI A117.1 "Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities." She is also secretariat for the ICC 500 - Design and Construction of Storm Shelters.

Before joining ICC, Kimberly worked as a structural engineer and architect. Kim is a licensed architect in Illinois and holds an Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification. She is also a member of her county Civil Emergency Response Team (CERT), and has completed several FEMA classes.

ADA National Network Learning Session: Emergency Stair Travel Devices

13th June, 2019

Safe, efficient travel along stairs is a key component of an emergency evacuation plan, in a high-rise or any building where the evacuation path includes stairways. There is a wide range of emergency stair travel devices, each with a unique combination of features to promote occupant and operator safety. The webinar will provide an overview of several devices of the carry-type, track-type, or sled-type design categories. Additionally, the results of a FEMA-funded study of both physical demands on device operators and consumer opinion of the devices will be included. Recent efforts to establish a performance standard for the devices will also be presented.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the three main design types of emergency stair travel devices used during building evacuation.
  • Identify three design features which are intended to promote the safety of device occupants.
  • Identify two design features which promote the safety of device operators.
  • Identify two ANSI/RESNA ED-1 test methods intended to ensure a minimum level of performance of emergency stair travel devices.


Steve Lavender is an associate professor in Integrated Systems Engineering and Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of ergonomics interventions. Recent projects include the development of ergonomic interventions for the patient handling tasks in the fire service, the identification of factors that affect the adoption of ergonomic interventions, the evaluation of emergency evacuation devices used in high rise buildings, and the design of hospital patient room designs that facilitate the work for all hospital staff members.

Glenn Hedman is a Rehabilitation Engineer and Clinical Associate Professor at UIC. His research is focused on performance criteria for emergency evacuation devices. He is a past president of RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, and serves as Chair of the RESNA Assistive Technology Standards Committee on Emergency Stair Travel Devices used by Individuals with Disabilities.