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Your Invitation. 2023 Colorado Access and Functional Needs Conference Getting it Right: A "Plan With" Approach April 12 & 13, 2023


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You are invited announcement!
The Access and Functional Needs Conference Planning Committee is delighted to invite you to attend the 2023 Access and Functional Needs Conference.
2023 Colorado Access and Functional Needs Conference
Getting it Right: A "Plan With" Approach 

April 12 & 13, 2023 
The Ridgeline Hotel and Conference Center in Estes Park, CO
four puzzle pieces with Independence piece for this conference emphasis

Conference sessions, workgroups, and speakers will include topics on Access and Functional Needs Resource Framework using the CMIST memory tool, Core Capabilities, Collaboration, Whole Community Inclusion Emergency Management, and much more!

Keynotes, workshops, and activities will include interactive workgroups.

Conference Goals:

  • Increase whole community inclusive "planning with" with the I- Independence Resource Focus
  • Highlight the tools for emergency managers, emergency management partners, and stakeholders to be successful in whole community inclusion
  • Good and promising practices and information sharing for whole community inclusion and the emergency management lifecycle

Core Concept:

  • Engage the whole community using a "Plan With" approach to save more lives and property before, during, and after disasters.
  • Highlight CMIST "I - Independence" resources and their impacts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implementing the Access and Functional Needs Resource Framework and CMIST Memory Tool into everyday practice.
  • Better understand CMIST "I - Independence" resources and their impact.
  • Better engage with community resource partners using a "plan with" approach.


  • Workshop Sessions with practical ways to use resources and information shared.
  • Breakout groups with subject matter experts to facilitate deeper discussions.
  • Evening networking social to interact with others who are engaging with, and using the Access and Functional Needs Resource Framework and CMIST Memory Tool.

Keynote Speakers:


Wednesday, April 12, 2023 – April 12, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. MT

  • Exhibitor Set up and Networking (9:00 a.m. MT)
  • Lunch and accessibility briefing
  • Ice Breaker
  • Welcoming and Opening Remarks
  • Introduction: What is Access and Functional Needs tied to the CMIST Resource Memory Tool? Independence Resource Focus
  • Keynote: Rethinking Equity in Emergency Management Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. Office of Disability Integration and Coordination FEMA
  • Regional Disability Integration Specialist - What, So What, Now What
  • KEY Interactive Session: “How To’s” Supporting the “Must to’s”
  • Ignite Session
  • Closing Remarks and Networking Reminder
  • Networking Social/ Exhibitor/ Break

Thursday, April 13, 2023 – April 13, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. MT

  • Breakfast, welcome remarks and opening
  • Exercise
  • Interactive Session: Planning for Disruptions to CMIST “I - Independence” Resources with community connectors and partners
  • Interactive Session: Community Engagement
  • Award Ceremony
  • Closing remarks
  • Thank you and lunch
CMIST infographic with 5 representational rings
We look forward to welcoming you and would be grateful if you would register for the conference: Register Here! or click on the "sign up now" image below. 
Sign Up Now for the 2023 Access and Functional Needs Conference

Pre-Conference opportunity: 

This is an EXCELLENT opportunity with limited space available. For more information and to register, please visit Pre-Conference registration page

  • April 11, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. MT
  • Subject matter expertise tied to “I” - with a presentation and Q&A following each presentation
  • June Kailes: Magical Thinking of Registries - Resource Registries
  • The Partnership For Inclusive Disaster Strategies with Atlantis (Center for Independent Living): Independent Living Movement and systems tied to emergencies and disasters
  • Independence during Active Threats Session
Your presence at this conference is highly anticipated and appreciated! 
We strive to ensure inclusive, accessible meetings that enable all individuals to engage fully. English language CART services, American Sign Language Services, portable hearing loop, and Spanish Interpretation services will be provided. Accommodations will be provided upon requests
inforgraphics that ASL and Spanish Interpretings, wheelchair accessible, hearing loop, and captioning will be provided
**In order to protect ourselves and those with underlying health conditions, we encourage all conference attendees to be up-to-date on their COVID boosters as well as their seasonal flu shots.

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