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Community Preparedness Webinar Series: Americans with Disabilities Act

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Emergency Management and the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA)

Date Recorded: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Presenter: Jeanine Worden, U.S. Department of Justice

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted July 26, 1990 as Public Law 101-336 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq ) and has been in effect for almost 20 years. This landmark federal legislation guarantees equal access to than 43 million individuals with disabilities in state and local government programs, services, activities and facilities as well as to goods, services, facilities, and accommodations provided by businesses and nonprofit organizations. In this webinar, learn how the ADA and other federal disability rights laws apply to emergency management and about some of the problems faced by people with disabilities in accessing emergency and disaster related services, programs, activities, and facilities. The webinar will also highlight steps state and local governments and nongovernmental organizations can take to increase accessibility. The webinar will be presented by Jeanine Worden, Deputy Chief, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice.

About the presenter

Jeanine Worden has been Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section for the past six years, half of the time she has served in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. She directs the Section’s work on emergency management issues under Project Civic Access; works collaboratively with FEMA, DHS, and other federal agencies toward ensuring that emergency management programs at the federal, state, and local level comply with federal disability rights laws; and directs the investigation and resolution of administrative complaints alleging violation of the ADA by state and local governments and private entities. She oversees the Section’s compliance assistance and training initiative known as the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. Jeanine has a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Middlebury College, an M.A.S. (business) from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from Columbia University. Jeanine is a lawyer and active member of the District of Columbia and Virginia State bars.

Additional details on this webinar

A webinar is a web-based informational or training seminar (a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar) that is transmitted over the internet. This webinar will last approximately one hour. After the presentation is complete, you will have an opportunity to ask questions via the chat feature in the webinar system. This webinar is free to the public and will accommodate the first 500 visitors that enter the site. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at your convenience after it completes.

Information on how to view our webinars

The Community Preparedness Webinar Series is conducted in DHS's HSIN Connect system. You do not need to register in advance, nor do you need a HSIN account in order to view our webinars. Audio for this webinar will be broadcast within HSIN Connect; there will not be a concurrent, phone-based teleconference. Questions and answers will be moderated via text-based chat inside the webinar. In order to ensure that your computer is capable of viewing our webinars and webcasts, we highly recommend that you read the below documents and perform the compatibility test prior to the start of the event. In addition, please ensure your computer's speakers are working prior to the webinar. If for any reason you have trouble accessing the system, please send an email to citizencorps@dhs.gov. This webinar will offer closed captioning.

Last Updated: 01/02/2014

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