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Trainings for Government Entities

The Partnership offers the following trainings that can be customized to meet your unique needs:

  • Mitigating Disability Bias Before, During, and After Disasters: What You Need to Know

In order to provide effective disaster and non-disaster services, government entities need to support staff in mitigating disability-based bias. In this interactive workshop, participants are given the opportunity to recognize unconscious and conscious disability bias and strategies for interrupting it in themselves in others. They will also learn about respectful disability language and etiquette.

  • Emergency Management Basics 

Familiarize your staff with emergency management basics that are inclusive of people with disabilities. Longstanding systemic barriers, civil rights obligations, good and promising practices will be explored.

  • Emergency Management During Pandemic

Learn how to provide equal access to concurrent disaster services, including shelter, housing, transportation, personal assistants, and durable medical equipment, while maintaining physical distance during disasters and public health emergencies. Civil rights obligations and protections during a pandemic and concurrent disasters are discussed.

  • Legal Obligations of State Agencies, Counties and Municipalities During and After Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

What are government agencies’ obligations to people with disabilities under federal law? Whose obligations is it to make disaster shelters are accessible? When and how must sign language interpreters be provided? Who is required to pay for providing sign language interpreters and other accommodations? How can I tell if my materials are in an accessible format? This workshop explores in interactive ways, the legal obligations of government entities under the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and IDEA during and after disasters.

For more information or to set up a meeting, please contact directors@disasterstrategies.org.

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