Friday, July 24, 2015

25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And?

Twenty-five years under the Americans with Disabilities Act yet many communities are still coming to terms with inclusion for all members of the 'whole community' to be involved in all phases of the emergency management process (planning, preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation).  Individuals that fall under the ADA are just one special group within the whole community.

The homeless, displaced families, poor, and inclusion of all minority and disadvantaged groups, ex-offender, and the elderly.  Each must be involved in the process as stakeholders of the community.

The recent class action suit (, and settlement have many jurisdictions scrambling to hire specialist in the field to address functional needs individuals and to interface with with 'grass roots' organizations.

Twenty-fives, what is your community gauge for whole community members?  With over 20,000 emergency managers certified by other associations, or certified by the State employed in the U.S. we can't wait another 25-years for full inclusion.


Charles D. Sharp
Black Emergency Managers Association

july 24, 2015

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This milestone law prohibits discrimination and mandates equal opportunity for people with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications and guarantees the civil rights of more than 56 million Americans.  
The ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and has shaped opportunities for people with disabilities in providing equal access to education, employment and to programs and services, including transportation, communications access, public accommodations, and more. 
Integrating the needs of people with disabilities into disaster preparedness, response, and recovery planning is essential to proper emergency management.  Under the authority of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides equal access throughout its services, including:
·        508-compliant,, and America’s PrepareAthon! websites;
·        Public materials in alternative formats for people who are blind or have low vision; and
·        Ensuring all video materials are captioned.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the ADA, FEMA and the Ad Council launched a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The PSA provides equal access to all viewers and includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreter, and audio description for viewers who are blind or have low vision

Webinars: Upcoming Webinars for African American Mental Health, and Mental Health Challenges.


How far back in an individuals past, in a individuals culture, in the genetic pool to determine the trauma (trauma compounds itself to some extent) to determine the root cause of an individuals mental health issues.    BEMA.

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Upcoming Webinars for African American Mental Health
July is National Minority Mental Health Month. During the week of July 27–31, SAMHSA is spotlighting African American mental health. To support these observances, SAMHSA is collaborating with partners to discuss African American mental health issues in two upcoming webinars.
July 28, 2015 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in partnership with HHS and SAMHSA will host a webinar to foster an interactive discussion on how we may increase the knowledge of mental health challenges faced by African American youth.
David Johns, Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will lead the discussion. Guest panelists include:
  • Richard T. McKeon, Branch Chief, SAMHSA
  • Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall, Founder, HOPE4UTAH
  • Terrie M. Williams, Mental Health Advocate
  • Lynn Keane, Parent Advocate

July 30, 2015 | 2–3 p.m. Eastern Time
This webinar will feature definitions and examples of various types of trauma—including historical trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, race-based trauma, and community trauma—that can impact mental health, student achievement, performance, and retention. The webinar will present strategies for assessing and addressing trauma among student populations at historically black colleges and universities (HCBU), with approaches such as trauma-informed care.

Suicides are increasing among African American school-aged children. SAMHSA's Suicide Safe app helps health care providers address suicidal thoughts and behaviors, even in younger patients. Learn more and download the app today.

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