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New Webinar: Partnering for Engagement: Accessibility of Public Spaces (July 17, 2019)

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Webinar Title: Partnering for Engagement: Accessibility of Public Spaces

Webinar Date/Time: July 17, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

New technology and emerging trends in transportation pose unique challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities and for any who wish to ensure that our public spaces and transportation networks are available and accessible to all. While autonomous vehicles may offer new opportunities for people with disabilities, they need to be managed properly and developed with people with disabilities in mind to ensure that they’re accessible. While trends like micromobility and mobility as a service offer opportunities for reimagining public space, people with disabilities need to be at the table and part of any decision-making process to be sure that the changing landscape does not exclude them. This webinar will explore human-centered mobility and how it applies specifically to people with disabilities, featuring national experts on accessibility and public space. This webinar assumes a basic knowledge of issues related to walking and walkable communities.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  1. Learn how new technology and emerging trends in mobility could change the landscape regarding accessibility for people with disabilities, offering new opportunities but also significant challenges.
  2. Explore the importance of ensuring that all communities and stakeholders include people with disabilities in decision-making processes regarding policies and practices regarding emerging mobility technologies and trends.
  3. Discuss how local communities can best manage public space and transportation networks to ensure maximum accessibility and accommodation for people with disabilities.
About the Panel

Dr. Rene Cummins is a Researcher with the Southeast ADA Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Cummins earned a PhD in Psychology in the Public Interest with Minors in Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, an MA in Developmental Psychology and Educational Research & Evaluation, and a BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

Dr. Cummins founded Alliance of Disability Advocates, Center for Independent Living, in the capital city of Raleigh, NC, and served for 12 years as its first Executive Director. During this 12-year period, the Center staff and consumers participated in numerous disability-related research initiatives, including Participatory Action Research studies. In her capacity as Executive Director, Dr. Cummins supervised the development of the Center’s youth programs and the creation of the NC Youth Leadership Forum.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Alliance, Dr. Cummins was the Access Specialist at the NC Office on Disability and Health, and she served as an access consultant on all of the projects through that office. For more than 15 years, Dr. Cummins has been a trainer for the Southeast ADA Center, and has provided training on the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as various other disability rights laws.

Carol Tyson is the DC-based Government Affairs Liaison for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF). Carol works in coalition with disability and civil rights partners and industry stakeholders, focusing on: transportation equity; healthcare; supports and services needed to remain in the community; education; and civil rights. Carol has served on committees addressing: taxi and ride-hailing accessibility, accessible parking, paratransit appeals, and bicycle and pedestrian safety. In 2014 Carol received the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Dr. Rosalyn Simon Award in recognition of advancing the field of accessible transportation through education, training, and advocacy. Prior to joining DREDF, Carol served as the Director, Disability Policy for United Spinal Association, and as a researcher in the labor movement in the US and Australia.

Rebecca Williams has been employed as the lead Information Specialist since 2011 for the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. In this capacity she provides technical assistance and resources/referrals to callers from eight southeastern states on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Air Carrier Access Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other disability related inquiries.

Rebecca has over 35 years of experience in the disability field. She has developed and presented dozens of workshops and trainings on the ADA and other disability rights issues to a wide variety of audiences both locally and nationally. Rebecca completed the ADA Coordinator Certification Program offered through the University of Missouri – College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies and the Great Plains ADA Center in April 2012.

Rebecca is a member of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) and the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL). She is a member of the Millersville University (PA) Disability Arts Advisory Council. She has been an audio describer since 2004 and currently provides audio description services for live theater, museums and events for patrons with visual impairments.