Disability and Special Needs Technical Assistance Conference (Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008- Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Location: Washington, DC

Sponsered by Government*Horizons Inc & National Organization on Disability's (NOD) Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Cindy Daniel, National Disabilities Coordinator, FEMA
  • Marcie Roth, Executive Director and CEO, National Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • Olegario D. Cantos VII, Esq., Special Counsel to the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
  • Carl Cameron, Inclusion Research
  • Debbie Fulmer, Advisor Civil Rights Civil Liberties, Department of Homeland Security
  • Rebecca Hansen, EAD & Associates
  • Neil McDevitt, CEPIN
  • Hilary Styron, Director, Emergency Preparedness Initiative, National Organization on Disability
  • Jeanine Worden, Deputy Section Chief in the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
  • Carol Glazer, Executive Director, National EmployAbility Partnership, National Organization on Disability
  • Willie Coleman Jr., CMDSM, EMCM, MQC, Specialist Division Manager, Government Contracts, ServiceSource, Inc.
  • Chris Geldart, Director, National Capitol Region Office of Coordination, Department of Homeland Security
  • Michael-Anne Gomez, Executive Director, Volunteer Center, Howard County, MD
  • Calvin I. Brown, Office of Emergency Management, Fort Worth, TX
  • David Moss, GIS Programmer/Analyst, Office of Emergency Management, Fort Worth, TX
  • Darrell L. Darnell, Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Government of the District of Columbia (confirmed)
  • Ken Fisher, Office of Emergency Preparedness, City of New Orleans, LA
  • John Kim Cook, Director, Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, Department of Homeland Security
  • Joann Hale, Emergency Response Specialist, Church World Service
  • Jim Davis, Emergency Management Coordinator, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

About this Conference

The Disability and Special Needs Technical Assistance Conference will provide technical assistance on aspects of emergency management planning and response for people with disabilities and special needs. Recent disasters have made us aware of plans and operational procedures related to response and recovery to these populations in any natural or non-natural disaster. This conference will bring together Federal, State, and local experts to discuss day-to-day challenges in planning for their vulnerable populations. You will learn new concepts currently used or being developed to address disability and special needs planning in their jurisdictions.

Panels throughout the conference will focus on:

  • Faith-Based Efforts and Disabilities in Disasters
  • Local Emergency Management Going the Distance
  • What Corporations Need to Know About Employees with Disabilities
  • Special Needs Registries: Two Border States with Two Different Approaches
  • Education for People with Disabilities and First Responders
  • Tests, Training, and Exercises
  • ADA Guidelines from Department of Justice for Mass Care/Sheltering
  • Volunteer and Donation Management for People with Disabilities

Who Should Attend

  • Federal, State, and Local Government Officials
  • Emergency Managers and Planners
  • First Responders
  • Law Enforcement
  • Military
  • Hospitals Security Managers
  • Paramedics
  • Medical
  • Disability Advocates
  • Disability Service Providers
  • Disability Policy Makers
  • Community-Based Service Providers
  • Private businesses

Registration Charges

  • Industry - $595 per person
  • Small Business (<100 employees) - $545 per person
  • Government - $495 per person
  • Non-Profits- $445 per person

Registration Options

  1. Register on-line
  2. Phone Katie Smith at (703) 807-2758
  3. E-mail Katie Smith
  4. Fax the Registration Form provided below to: (703) 807-2728
  5. Mail the Registration Form provided below to:

4301 Wilson Blvd. #1003
Arlington, VA 22203

Location Information
The conference will be held at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 393-1000. The hotel is located only a few blocks from 3 different Metro Stations: Farragut North (Red Line), Farragut West (Blue & Orange Lines), McPherson Square (Blue & Orange Lines). Directions can be viewed here. The Capital Hilton is holding a small block of guest rooms available at the rate of $179+tax. To secure a room, you must contact the Capital Hilton at (202) 393-1000 by December 14, 2007 and mention "Special Needs Conference" to get this rate.

Contact Information

  • For registration information, contact Katie Smith, (703) 807-2758
  • For government speaking and best practices presentation opportunities, contact Brian Lake (703) 807-2753
  • For product and solutions companies interested in sponsorship information and related speaking opportunities, contact Russell Salazar (703) 894-1095



Disability and Special Needs Technical Assistance Conference
January 8-9, 2008

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Industry - $595 per person
Small Business (<100 employees) - $545 per person
Government - $495 per person
Non-Profits- $445 per person

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Government*Horizons, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1003, Arlington, VA 22203

If you have questions about registration/payment, please call Katie Smith at (703) 807-2758. Thank you