Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

Webinar: The Realities of Emergency Management: Understanding Our Realities and How They Impact Inclusive Emergency Management

May 12, 2022
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will discuss the realities emergency managers face and how to incorporate these realities in approaches to increase accessibility and ADA compliance.

U.S. Access Board to Host Virtual Public Meeting on Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

May 12, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern
The U.S. Access Board will hold this virtual meeting to gather information on the minimum heights that medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) with transfer surfaces, including imaging equipment and examination tables and chairs, can be adjusted to accommodate the broadest range of users.

Webinar: Intersectionality and Cultural Access – What Should Cultural Organizations Be Thinking About?

May 12, 2022
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will feature an intersectional perspective of race, disability, and gender in a discussion about cultural institutions and accessibility. This webinar is presented by AccessLEAD, The Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability program. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach

May 18, 2022
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will explore ways employers can proactively support the mental health of their employees to create inclusive, productive work environments.

Webinar: Healing Strategies: Arts Organizations Leaning into the Mental Health Crisis

May 19, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern
Can arts organizations help audiences address mental and emotional pain and trauma? Art-Reach brings you professionals who are leading this conversation, and case studies from arts organizations taking steps to address the mental health pandemic in thoughtful and intentional ways.

Webinar: Creating Welcoming Park Environments: Inclusion of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

May 25, 2022
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Dr. Gretchen Snethen, Associate Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, will present this session, highlighting a new resource on "Creating Welcoming Parks and Recreation Environments."

Virtual Discussion: Policing in the Disability Community

June 2, 2022
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Join this discussion about traffic stops, police interactions, and public safety issues for individuals with disabilities, including those from minority communities. This discussion is sponsored by Independence Now, a Center for Independent Living serving Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryand.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Plan

Public Comment Period: May 2 – May 31, 2022.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is seeking public input on draft themes and goals for its 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. The NIDCD supports and conducts research in the areas of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

Survey: COVID-19 Testing in Schools: Understanding the Perspectives of Parents and Guardians of Students with Disabilities

This study is designed to identify the issues critical to student COVID-19 testing in schools. To participate, you must be a parent or guardian of a school-age child with a disability and be willing to answer questions about your family’s well-being and your child’s school experience during COVID-19.

The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities Seeks COVID Stories from Parents with Disabilities

The Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families is gathering stories from parents with disabilities about their experiences with the rapidly changing response to COVID in schools. Parents may submit written entries around 1,000 words or video entries around 1 minute in length. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Entries may be submitted by email to centerforparents@brandeis.edu with "Blog Submission" in the subject line. Contributors will receive $100 if their work is published.

United Spinal Seeks Nominations for #StrongWheeled Together Award

United Spinal is accepting nominations for enthusiastic, up-and-coming individuals living with spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) who are passionate about advancing their abilities to reach new levels of success. Nominations will close June 1, 2022.