ADA National Network Webinar Series:
Health Care and the ADA-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
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Schedule 2020-21

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: Service Animals: At Home, At Work, and Everywhere Else

27th May, 2021

Registration for this webinar is not yet open.

Service animals serve a diverse range of purposes and service animal requirements are different depending on the setting. These two factors have led to misunderstandings about the rights of people with disabilities who utilize service animals which in turn results in discriminatory treatment and accessibility challenges.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand disability access laws as related to service animal usage.
  • Clarify what is and is not a service animal.
  • Compare and contrast service animal requirements as applied to employment situations versus non-employment situations.
  • Discuss common accessibility challenges related to service animal usage and how to overcome them.
  • Examine case studies to review the real world application of best practices throughout the session.


Sarah P Williams leads Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA)'s Civil Rights Coordination and Compliance Section (CRCC), which promotes compliance with federal civil rights laws through research, partnerships, and technical assistance to improve care for underserved populations. In particular, CRCC provides recipients of HRSA funding with guidance designed to prevent discrimination and improve accessibility. Before coming to HRSA, Sarah held positions focused on Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights at the National Institutes of Health and the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Sarah obtained her BA at Missouri State University, her JD at St. Louis University School of Law, and is a member of the Missouri Bar.

Katie Slye-Griffin is the Accessibility Section Chief at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) where her work focuses on reasonable accommodations and Federal sector disability programs. Before HRSA, Katie was the Executive Director of the Montgomery County, MD affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) where she worked on efforts at the local and state level to educate and advocate for the needs of individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses. Katie is a longtime advocate of both job opportunities and workplace supports for individuals with disabilities. Katie is a graduate of the University of Maryland and with her family lives with two dogs who will never qualify as service animals.

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.