[nfbmi-talk] Fw: [USDemocrat-DisabilityIssues] Mr. ADA in Michigan should listen to this

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Fri Apr 16 00:06:19 UTC 2010

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From: "joe harcz Comcast" <joeharcz at comcast.net>
To: <USDemocrat-DisabilityIssues at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 7:14 AM
Subject: [USDemocrat-DisabilityIssues] Mr. ADA in Michigan should listen to 

Mr. Safety, State ADA Coordinator, Patrick Cannon should listen to the 
webinar here. He might learn that inaccessible signage marking exits, stair 
wells, let alone permanent rooms and areas of rescue assistance for 
wheelchair users (all woefully inadequate in his own HQ) are vitally 
necessary components of emergency preparedness.

My comments in this regards at the last meeting of MCB were not "crying fire 
in a crowded room", but rather ringing the alarm bell about his utter 
contempt for ADA compliance altogether and over time.

It might be noted here that Ms. Worden is blind and uses a guide dog.

I think her eyes would truly be opened if she visited just one building 
under the auspices or used by MCB including the Victor Office Building.

The ultimate issue is: "If it isn't fully accessible during a day when 
public meetings are held then how can it be fully accessible during an 
emergency situation such as a fire?"

Joe Harcz

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From: Roth, Marcie
Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM
Subject: REMINDER- TOMORROW: Community Preparedness Webinar Series:

Emergency Management and Compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) and other Federal Disability Rights Laws

Community Preparedness Webinar Series:
Emergency Management and Compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) and other Federal Disability Rights Laws
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 7th @ 2-3pm EDT
Presenter: Jeanine Worden, Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights
Section, United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights
Live Webinar: Emergency Management and Compliance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other Federal Disability Rights Laws -
April 7 @ 2:00 EDT

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted July 26, 1990 as
Public Law 101-336 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq ) and has been in
effect for almost 20 years. This landmark federal legislation
guarantees equal access to than 43 million individuals with
disabilities in state and local government programs, services,
activities and facilities as well as to goods, services, facilities,
and accommodations provided by businesses and nonprofit organizations.

In this webinar, learn how the ADA and other federal disability rights
laws apply to emergency management and about some of the problems
faced by people with disabilities in accessing emergency and disaster
related services, programs, activities, and facilities. The webinar
will also highlight steps state and local governments and
nongovernmental organizations can take to increase accessibility. The
webinar will be presented by Jeanine Worden, Deputy Chief, Civil
Rights Division, United States Department of Justice.

About the Presenter:

Jeanine Worden has been Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section
for the past six years, half of the time she has served in the
Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. She directs the Section's
work on emergency management issues under Project Civic Access; works
collaboratively with FEMA, DHS, and other federal agencies toward
ensuring that emergency management programs at the federal, state, and
local level comply with federal disability rights laws; and directs
the investigation and resolution of administrative complaints alleging
violation of the ADA by state and local governments and private
entities. She oversees the Section's compliance assistance and
training initiative known as the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State
and Local Governments. Jeanine has a B.A. from the University of
Chicago, an M.A. from Middlebury College, an M.A.S. (business) from
Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from Columbia University. Jeanine
is a lawyer and active member of the District of Columbia and Virginia
State bars.

Additional Details on this Webinar

A webinar is a web-based informational or training seminar (a
presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar) that is transmitted over
the internet. This webinar will last approximately one hour. After the
presentation is complete, you will have an opportunity to ask
questions via the chat feature in the webinar system. This webinar is
free to the public and will accommodate the first 500 visitors that
enter the site. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be
recorded and viewable at your convenience after it completes.


The National Office of Citizen Corps
FEMA Individual & Community Preparedness Division
Marcie Roth
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA
202.212.1537 (office)
202.285.9231 (cell)
marcie.roth at dhs.gov
"FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to
ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and
improve our capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to,
recover from, and mitigate all hazards."

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