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General and Overarching

Accessible Meetings, Events, and Conferences (July 2015), Digital updated version of June Isaacson Kailes and Darrel Jones' 1993 work, A Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center and TransCen Inc.

After 20 years I finally got to update need modernize our book “A Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings” published in 1993, working with a talented team sponsored and organized by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center and TransCen Inc. This July 2015, Digital [versus the ole days of cut and real paste clip art] updated version includes both regulatory updates (from the 2010 update to the Act) along with practical doable guidance. No more hard copy and shipping cost, everything is now available online and it can be easily updated. Accessible Meetings, Events, and Conferences

Effectively Including People with Disabilities in Policy and Advisory Groups (Edition 2, 2012), Provides how-to information for effectively including people with disabilities in policy and advisory boards, councils or work groups; contains material on developing and sustaining an advisory group; discusses why to include people with disabilities; and how to identify qualified people with disabilities. Includes a planning checklist that covers defining purpose, structure, size, lines of communication, membership, recruiting, budgeting, staffing, minutes, accountability, meeting access and accommodations; a planning recruiting matrix; and an agenda and minutes template. PDF ,  Word

Tips for Interacting with People with Disabilities (2011), Includes a quiz to check awareness of preferred practices; sections on: who are people with disabilities and other activity limitations, and specific guidance focused on mobility and physical disabilities, speech, vision, hearing, allergies and environmental sensitivities, and language. PDF,  Word


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Disasters – Emergencies

Be Real, Specific, and Current: Emergency Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs, Edition 1.0, 2016 Preparedness information for the general population is not always equally applicable for people with disabilities. General emergency preparedness information is important for everyone. These materials can be more inclusive when they contain information that focuses on specific functional needs. Offers guidance, examples, and resources on promoting or producing these materials and includes checking that the content:

 

Checklist for Integrating People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning, Response & Recovery, 2014 Format: PDF 

For emergency planners, managers, responders, and public information officers (PIOs) who have responsibility for developing, maintaining, testing, delivering and revising emergency plans and services. Use it to help:


Guidance for Integrating People with Disabilities in Emergency Drills, Table Tops and Exercises (Edition 1, 2015), Draft guidance prepared for North Carolina Emergency Management.  It uses the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Master Task List format commonly used in the field to provide a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.  The second column is what is new and it focuses on steps that to recruit, accommodate, include, and get feedback from people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in your exercises. It also includes some suggestions for injects that can be tailored to your specific exercise.

It is work in progress, but I thought you would be interested in seeing and maybe using it.  Your feedback is encouraged.


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Health Care

Can Disability, Chronic Conditions, Health and Wellness Coexist? (2000), Word, 6 pages, Covers:

Disability Competency ResourcesUpdated frequently, last update 7.2015, contains listings related to: communication, attitude, physical & equipment access as well as clinical issues. 24 pages.

Quality Services for People with Disabilities and Activity Limitations (2011), 4-part training (sneak peek):

  1. Defines “disability”
  2. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - how it impacts health care services
  3. How health care worker's attitudes & beliefs may affect quality health care
  4. Physical, communication, and medical equipment trying to obtain health care.

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Language and Terms

Language Is More than a Trivial Concern! (2010), Sensitizes people to appropriate terminology to use when speaking with, writing about or referring to people with disabilities. Challenges readers to be aware of the importance of using disability-neutral terms. Details preferred language and gives reasons for the disability community’s preferences. Serves as an excellent reference tool for the public, media, marketers, providers and for board members, staff and volunteers of disability-related organizations. Includes a language quiz and many examples. Word, PDF       

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