NEW WEBINAR: Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

America Walks Monthly Webinar

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

DATE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

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On Wednesday, December 9th, America Walks will release a new White Paper on Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities and broadcast a live webinar featuring the author and members of the Project Advisory Board.

Funded through a Partnership for Inclusive Health Innovation Grant, this project has involved research, key informant interviews, and expert analysis, with the goals being:

  1. To understand how people with disabilities are currently engaged in tribal community planning processes, and
  2. To develop recommendations for expanding inclusion and ensuring the design and construction of safe and accessible transportation systems.

White Paper author Yamelith Aguilar will describe her research and key findings, which relate to tribal culture, existing infrastructure for walking and rolling, and the legal applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Following Yamelith’s presentation, a panel of experts in disability inclusion, community engagement/advocacy, accessible design, and tribal planning will discuss the implications of the study and recommendations for future projects and processes.  These experts, who represent national organizations and tribal governments, served as the Project Advisory Board – reviewing drafts of the White Paper and providing additional context and best practices.

Finally, details of a new Tribal Inclusion Mini-Grants Program will be announced. Groups and communities with an interest or experience in this area of community change will be invited to submit brief proposals for projects designed to implement one or more recommendations of the White Paper.  Two $2,500 mini-grants will be awarded in January.

America Walks thanks the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) at the UAB Lakeshore Research Collaborative for financial support for this project.


Yamelith Aguilar is a culturally responsive evaluator and researcher, who is passionate about addressing social inequities through evidence-based efforts. Currently, her work involves examining the experiences of women in the technology ecosystem. Yamelith previously worked for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention where she developed innovative evaluation methods to systematically measure the outcomes of emergency preparedness training activities nationwide. She has worked on multiple active transportation projects focusing on increasing safety, mobility, and advocacy throughout California. Yamelith strives to uplift the voices of communities through evidence-based evaluation and research methods

Project Advisory Board Members

Hoskie Benally is a Diné (Navajo) spiritual leader, who resides in the town of Shiprock, NM. He spent much of his childhood with his grandparents, living in the traditional ways practiced for thousands of years by the Diné – his grandfather was a sheepherder and his grandmother a weaver of rugs. At the age of 22, Hoskie went blind within a matter of weeks from Retinitis Pigmentosa.  Now, as the Native American Disability Law Center’s Community and Government Liaison, his work involves connecting tribal governments, regional communities, and other agencies with resources. Since 2009, he has also served on the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities. Grounded in Navajo tradition and fluent in Navajo, Mr. Benally is an experienced cultural instructor


Sheri Bozic has worked as a Planning and Transportation Director for several New Mexico Pueblos since 2014. She currently oversees the planning, design, and construction of transportation and community infrastructure projects for the Pueblo of Jemez. Ms. Bozic has managed the preparation of Tribal Long-range Transportation Plans and Transportation Safety Plans and is now working on the Pueblo of Jemez Pedestrian Trails and Bikeways Facility Plan. She is also overseeing the planning and design of a 2-mile pedestrian trail to be constructed along the NM Highway 4 at the Pueblo of Jemez. She has written many successful grant applications resulting in millions of dollars of grant funding for Tribal infrastructure projects.


Kelly Buckland is a person with a disability who has been actively involved in disability issues since 1979. He has served on the Idaho Developmental Disabilities Council and the State Employment and Training Council and has worked on issues affecting people with disabilities including passage of the Personal Assistance Services Act.  Kelly has testified before Congress on issues such as universal health care, Fair Housing and appropriations for centers for independent living. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the United Vision for Idaho Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the National Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame. Kelly is currently employed as the Executive Director of National Council on Independent Living.


As Director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, Emily Shuman leads the organization’s daily operations including technical assistance calls, regional training coordination, information dissemination and more.  Having worked for the organization since 2018, she is also the Center’s spokesperson, contributing op-ed pieces and informational articles to the local, regional, and national media, and producing a podcast which features many nationally recognized guests including Senator Tammy Duckworth and attorney/advocate/writer Haley Moss. Emily has passion for empowering and working with businesses and individuals so they can obtain a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Claire Stanley is the Advocacy and Outreach Specialist at the American Council of the Blind. In this role, she lobbies on Capitol Hill to advocate for bills that will positively impact the lives of blind or visually impaired Americans and provides direct advocacy support to persons facing discrimination or access needs.  After receiving her law degree from the University of California Irvine in 2015, Ms. Stanley was a public interest legal fellow with Disability Right D.C. at University Legal Services.  She trained businesses and organizations about the intricacies of the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.  She is currently the co-chair of the Transportation Task Force for the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities.