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Illinois Access and Functional Needs Summit

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Illinois Access and Functional Needs Summit 2024:
Building Relationships to Address Access and Functional Needs in Emergency Preparedness and Response­

June 25 - 26, 2024

The Bank of Springfield ("BoS") Center
1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and CART captions will be provided. The venue is wheelchair-accessible.

If you have any questions or need additional accommodations, please contact Cynthia Schierl-Spreen at Cynthia.Schierl-Spreen@illinois.gov by Monday, June 11 at 5 pm CT.

The Illinois Access and Functional Needs Summit 2024 invites preparedness and response professionals, community leaders, and advocates for a transformative one-day conference and half-day tabletop exercise focused on the inclusion of disability and access and functional needs (AFN) in emergency planning, response, and recovery. This essential gathering aims to highlight the importance of inclusive emergency management practices and foster a collaborative environment for sharing insights, strategies, and innovations.

This webpage will serve as an ongoing resource for information on the Summit. Below you will find:

Summit Agenda
 ­Tuesday, June 25th
Day 1: Conference Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am: Registration

8:30 – 9:00 am: Director’s Welcoming and Remarks

9:00 – 9:45 am: Keynote; Sadie Martinez

A keynote from Sadie Martinez, Colorado Emergency Management’s Access and Functional Needs Coordinator, on introducing access and functional needs Resource Framework in emergency management and working together to create inclusive plans that preserve the continuity of services during pandemics and health emergencies.

9:45 – 9:55 am: BREAK

9:55 – 11:15 am: Why Go FAST?: Introduction to Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST); June Kailes

What you need to know about Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST) and how they can support people with access and functional needs during disasters.

11:15 – 12:00 pm: LUNCH

Box lunch options will be offered at no cost and come with chips and a cookie. Below is a list of the ingredients of the boxed lunch offerings. Everyone is also welcome to bring their own lunch or check out local eateries in the surrounding area.
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If you have dietary restrictions beyond the offerings, we will do our best to accommodate them; however, we cannot guarantee that we can meet all dietary restrictions. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

12:05 – 1:25 pm: You've Got it Right: Disability Rights in Disasters

An overview of the legal obligations emergency management and public health departments have towards people with disabilities during disasters and how to protect and support these rights during emergencies.

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Collaborate to Educate: How Planners, Emergency Managers, and Communities with Access and Functional Needs Can Collaborate

Exploring strategies for planners, emergency managers, and communities to effectively collaborate and support people with access and functional needs throughout all phases of disasters.

3:00 – 3:20 pm: BREAK

3:20 – 5:00 pm: Panel: Addressing Access and Functional Needs in Emergency Planning

A local discussion on how to meet the access and functional needs of the whole community in emergency planning, response, and recovery.

­Wednesday, June 26th
Day 2: Tabletop Exercise

8:30 – 12:30 pm: Tabletop Exercise

A simulation of emergency scenarios to enhance preparedness, response, and recovery that is focused on people with access and functional needs.

Speakers

Sadie Martinez, a woman witg long brown hair, smiles at the camera.Sadie Martinez | Access and Functional Needs Coordinator, Colorado State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Sadie is the Colorado State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Access and Functional Needs Coordinator and serves as the Access and Whole Community Inclusion Caucus Chair for the International Association for Emergency Management. She provides training across Colorado and the nation in her role using a solution-focused "how to" approach in Whole Community Inclusion Planning and Emergency Preparedness for those who are most affected as a result of disasters. This helps others learn to "seek to understand" and "what we don't know, because we don't know" using a "plan with" approach towards whole community inclusion. Sadie uses the CMIST resource framework, which creates a shared universal language that provides a whole-community inclusion approach to identify the actual resource needs of the community in Communication, Maintaining Health/Medical, Independence, Support Services and Safety, and Transportation resources, rather than a specific “special need” or vulnerability. This helps responders and agencies better understand what capabilities to acquire before, during, and after a disaster by approaching Access and Functional Needs from a resource perspective.

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June Kailes, a white woman with shoulder-length hair, smiles at the camera.June Issacson Kailes | Disability Policy Consultant

June Isaacson Kailes (www.jik.com) owns a disability policy consulting practice and is a pioneer, leader, and innovator in health care, emergency management, aging with disability, stakeholder engagement, and hospitality. The breadth and depth of her experience in disability, accessibility, and functional needs issues are widely known and respected as a writer, trainer, researcher, policy analyst, subject matter expert, and advocate. June concentrates on replacing the ambiguous aspects of disability etiquette, sensitivity, awareness, and legal compliance with maximum impact, practices, and measurable skill sets. June works with clients to build critical disability competencies and capabilities. She translates the laws and regulations into clear, actionable, detailed, and sustainable building blocks and tools that close service gaps, prevent civil rights violations, and remove barriers, inequities, and disparities. June uses the “how, who, what, where, when, and why, to get physical, programmatic, communication, and equipment access right! June has received many honors and awards, has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses, workshops, and seminars, and has over 200 publications.

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Melissa Marshall, a white woman with short brown hair and red-rimed glasses, smiles at the camera. She's wearing a mauve cardigan and a long necklace.Melissa Marshall, JD | Director of Policy and Programs, The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

Melissa has over 30 years experience managing disability rights programs, projects and organizations. She has a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, is admitted to the Bar in Connecticut, and has been training and providing technical assistance in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) locally and nationally since it’s passage. Melissa has also provided training and technical assistance in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other federal and state disability rights laws. She has a background in disability policy that is both broad and deep. Areas of particular interest include: equity for people with disabilities in disasters and public health emergencies; equity for people who identify as women with disabilities; employment for disabled people; closing congregate institutions for disabled people, including psychiatric institutions; equity for people found not guilty by reason of insanity; disability inclusive public health practices; ending outpatient for people with mental health conditions; and, mitigating disability-based bullying. Melissa has worked as the Executive Director of several disability-related non-profits, including a Center for Independent Living (CIL). Since 2017, she has been utilizing her expertise in ADA and other disability rights law and disability policy to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to disaster-related programs and services before, during, and after disasters and emergencies.

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Photo of Shari, an older white woman with grey hair, smiling.Shari Myers | Disaster Operations Coordinator, The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

Shari Myers is a nationally recognized expert on inclusive disaster services which integrate the access and functional needs of the whole community before, during and after emergencies. She is committed to advancing disability-led disaster preparedness, response and recovery, with a focus on civil rights protections and social justice.

Shari has been a disability rights advocate/self-advocate for over 32 years. She became a disaster responder when she and her family were impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They experienced firsthand the failure of federal, state and local emergency management to plan for the whole community. Shari was still recuperating from heart surgery, and suddenly had little to no access to healthcare when it was critically needed. She and her husband, Ron, a catastrophe insurance adjuster, worked alongside friends and neighbors, many of whom were also disabled, to support their community throughout response and recovery. Shari found her true calling at the crossroads of disability rights and disaster relief, a path from which she has since never strayed.

Shari continued to volunteer with local and, eventually, national disaster relief organizations. As a result, she was asked to join the American Red Cross as the organization's first National Disability Integration Coordinator and accepted the position in 2016. Shari immediately deployed to support disaster operations in response to historic flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Throughout her tenure, she deployed to many large disasters and managed multiple operations from the Red Cross Disaster Operations Coordinating Center.

Shari joins The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies after more than 6 years as National Disability Integration Coordinator for American Red Cross. She served as advisor to Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services, as well as Blood, Training and Certification, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Services, and Service to Military and Veteran Families. She led a group of volunteers to develop and manage a Disaster Cycle Services Disability Integration (DI) Program. DI cadre members assess and monitor for equitable and inclusive physical and programmatic access and effective communication throughout the response and recovery phases.

Shari has deployed in person or virtually managed over 150 disaster response operations, including hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, tornados, floods, border operations, mass casualty and mass fatality.

Refreshments and Lunch Offerings

Refreshments and box lunch options will be offered at no cost. Everyone is also welcome to bring their own lunch or check out local eateries in the surrounding area.

Refreshments:

  • Morning: Water, tea, and coffee
  • Afternoon: Water, tea, and lemonade

 

Box Lunch Options for Day 1:
All boxed lunch options come with a bag of chips and a cookie
  1. HONEY-SMOKED HAM: Honey-smoked ham made with Swiss cheese, leaf lettuce, and sliced tomato on wheat berry bread
  2. SMOKED TURKEY BREAST: Smoked turkey breast topped with Swiss cheese, leaf lettuce, and sliced tomato on wheat berry bread
  3. THE VEGETARIAN WRAP: Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, red and green peppers, and whipped cream cheese, served in a spinach tortilla
  4. AVOCADO & VEGGIE DELIGHT: Fresh avocado, sliced cucumber, red onion, sliced tomato, and leaf lettuce on a dutch crunch roll

If you have dietary restrictions beyond the offerings listed above, we will do our best to accommodate them; however, we cannot guarantee that we can meet all dietary restrictions. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Hotel and Travel Information

For hotels near the BoS Center, visit here: https://www.theboscenter.com/hotels.

For a complete listing of places to stay in Springfield, IL, please visit the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at visitspringfieldillinois.com.

Parking Information

The Bank of Springfield Center provides parking for a fee at the Plaza Parking Garage, located on the West side of the building.

For more information, including the cost of parking, at https://www.theboscenter.com/parking.

Hosted by

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is an advocate for and partner with the people of Illinois to re-envision health policy and promote health equity, prevent and protect against disease and injury, and prepare for health emergencies.

Supported by

The Partnership’s header logo: A sun with four icons within it representing a hurricane, thunderstorm cloud, home with a split down the middle, and tornado. The words "The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies" sit to the right of the sun.

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is the only U.S. disability-led organization with a focused mission on equity for people with disabilities and people with access and functional needs throughout all planning, programs, services and procedures before, during and after disasters and emergencies.

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