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