Presentation Description: 

Niagara University Disability Awareness Training has been granted from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Louisiana Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities to educate anyone involved in emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery as it pertains to individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs. NU has tailored a presentation that identifies the responsibilities of both emergency management personnel and disability advocates during an emergency. This program will introduce the four modules necessary for proper response that include Disability Awareness Training, the Americans with Disabilities Act specific to Emergency management, emergency plan content, and Inclusive Planning and Active Participation.

Topics discussed:

  • Disabilities Awareness specific to Emergency Management
  • Access and Functional Needs defined to include Universal Design
  • Understanding how the whole community concept is imperative to proper response to individuals with disabilities and how to involve them.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act relative to Emergency Management and response.
  • Community resources and other materials that assist Emergency Management in proper response
  • Disaster Preparedness and Planning
  • Inclusive Planning and Active Participation
  • NYS Core Advisory Group
  • COVID-19 and Persons with Disabilities

Date: 12/2/2021 


  • David Whalen, Project Director at Niagara University First/Emergency Responder Disability Awareness Training

Presentation Slides: 

Download the presentation slides in PPTX format. (Videos Removed Due to File Size)

Presentation Recording: 

Click here to view the webinar recording.

Additional Materials: 

Planning Checklist for Rapid Emergency Response June K 2018

Your Very Personal Preparedness Inventory MARC

NFPA Evacuation Guide for Disabilities 2016

CIDNY NYC fails to address needs of disabled in emergency planning

Disability Specific Supplies for Emergency Kits

ROOTED In RIGHTS: Right to Rescued Documentary

Cooked Survival by Zip Code

Presentation Description: 

This webinar covers several issue areas in housing discrimination and tenant rights with a focus on people with disabilities. Our speakers, Cooper Sirwatka, Director of Operations at CNY Fair Housing and John P. Herrion, Director of Disability Rights at New York State Division of Human Rights, are both experts in housing laws and regulations. Topics covered during this webinar include:

  • Covered protected classes;
  • Source of income protection;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • NY eviction moratorium;
  • General tenants’ rights in NY;
  • Housing discrimination for people with disabilities;
  • How to ask for reasonable accommodations in housing and what is a reasonable accommodation

Date: 11/17/2021 


  • Cooper Sirwatka, Director of Operations at CNY Fair Housing
  • John P. Herrion, Director of Disability Rights at New York State Division of Human Rights

Presentation Slides: 

John Herrion's Slides (PPTX)

Presentation Recording: Click here to view the recording on YouTube


Date: 8/20/2020

Video Description: Donal Conn, Founding Principal of Kaydeross Performance Solutions, addresses the following topics:

  • The Psychology of Safety & Wellness at Work
  • Rules For Virtual and Partially Remote Work Teams
  • Facilitating Video Virtual Team Meetings
  • Promoting Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Building Communication Plans & Protocols
  • When The Cat’s Away …Managing From Afar
  • Virtual Team Celebrations & Employee Recognition
  • Maintain Your Organization’s Culture Remotely & Values

Video Recording: Leading Remotely: Maintaining Performance & Employee Engagement From Afar

Date: 8/19/2020

Video Description: Andy Lee, Director of Voter Services for the League of Women Voters of Albany County addresses the following topics:

  • What New Voters Should Know
  • What Else to Expect at the Polls
  • How to Organize for Election Day
  • GOTV Tools and Scripts for the Final Weeks
  • Election Day Challenges: What to Do?
  • Transportation and Polling Place Accessibility

Following the presentation, Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) members Maria Samuels, Executive Director of Westchester Disabled On the Move; Phil Prehn, Statewide Systems Advocate at ARISE in Syracuse; Dr. Gregg Beratan, Director of Advocacy and Development from Center for Disability Rights in Rochester and co-founder of #CripTheVote; and Monica Bartley from the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York have a round table discussion on Get Out The Vote efforts in their ILCs around the state.

Video Recording: GOTV: The Time Is Now!

Date: 7/30/2020

Video Description: Amy Nitza, PhD, Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz, addresses the following topics:

  • Not being able to meet face-to-face with consumers
  • Reassuring consumers that ILCs are still there for them, and virtual help is effective
  • Dealing with stress and methods for recovery

Webinar Recording: Managing Disruption and Continuing to Deliver

Date: 7/15/2020

Video Description: Keri Gray, Senior Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Communications for the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) addresses the following topics:

  • Voter Suppression: What it is, How it Impacts Outcomes, Why it Matters to the Disability Community
  • Stakeholder Education: Approaches and Tools that Work
  • Levering Candidate Questionnaire and Forums to Advance Your Cause
  • Making the Most of REV Up!'s Tools and Resources

Webinar Recording: REV UP! Making the Disability Vote Count

Webinar Transcript: REV UP! Making the Disability Vote Count (PDF)

Additional Resources:

Date: 7/9/2020

Video Description: A roundtable of representatives from ILCs around the state discuss how they adapted to operate in the "new normal" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics include:

  • Ensuring all staff have proper technology, including Internet access
  • VPN and other forms of remote access such as LogMeIn, SplashTop, Google Remote Desktop
  • Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Skype
  • Temporary phone numbers via Google Voice
  • Voice over internet protocol
  • Zoom with encryption to allow for staff calls, plus staff with consumers
  • Zoom alternatives
  • Managing bandwidth
  • Peer counseling, wellness calls and emotional support strategies for staff and consumers

Webinar Recording: Best Practices for ILC Remote Operations

Webinar Transcript: Best Practices for ILC Remote Operations (PDF)

Date: 6/17/2020

Video Description: Presenters from Disability Rights New York (DRNY) address the following topics:

  • Why it Matters: Understanding the Impact of the Disability Vote
  • Voter Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Polling Place Accessibility/Ballot Marking Devices
  • Alternative Voting Options
  • Absentee Voting in NYS Today
  • DRNY Recent Litigation

Author: Presented by Helen Charland, Advocate, DRNY, and Christy Asbee, Executive Director, DRNY

Presentation Slides: Election Accessibility and Voter Rights (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Election Accessibility and Voter Rights

Date: 4/13/2020

Video Description: Grief and loss is important to understand. It is not a problem to be solved, but rather, a process to be experienced. Never the less, it is a complicated process and even more so during a pandemic. This webinar focuses on breaking down the complexities of grief. How to recognize it, what to do with it, how to support others, and how to sustain mental wellness during a time that is filled with worry and heartbreak.

Author: Presented by Carly Nichols, LMSW, APHSW-C, Support Services Manager at CareFirst; a Hospice, Palliative Care, and Grief Services agency.  

Presentation Slides: Understanding Grief and Loss During the Pandemic (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Understanding Grief and Loss During the Pandemic


Date: 4/29/2020

Video Description: Open Doors (MFP) Transition Center Social Work Coordinator- Laurie Carter, LMSW presents a webinar on the Emotional Impact of COVID-19.

This webinar focuses on staff (TS, HS, Peers) and the impact the COVID 19 virus has had on us personally and professionally. We discuss the many changes and stressors we face (fear, isolation, anxiety, stress, grief, guilt……) as well as strategies, techniques and resources to assist in coping with the, sometimes overwhelming nature of this pandemic.

Author: Open Doors (MFP) Transition Center Social Work Coordinator, Laurie Carter

Presentation Slides: The Emotional Impact of COVID-19 (PPT)

Webinar Recording: The Emotional Impact of COVID-19

Webinar Transcript: The Emotional Impact of COVID-19 (DOC)