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New Webinar: Stronger Together: Partnering with the Disability Rights Movement (March 13, 2019)

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Webinar Title: Stronger Together: Partnering with the Disability Rights Movement

Webinar Date/Time: March 13, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

This webinar will continue on our September Walking Towards Justice episode that explored the potential partnerships between walkability advocates and the disability rights movement. Learn how communities are becoming more inclusive and accessible and tools and resources to do the same. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Hear about current priorities and work of representatives of the disability rights movement
  • Explore ways that walking and active transportation advocates can work more closely with the disability rights movement
  • Identify resources and practices to incorporate equity and inclusion in their own work
About the Panel (additional presenters to be confirmed)

Kirsten R. Ambrose, MS, CCRC Kirsten Ambrose is Program Manager for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Thurston Arthritis Research Center. She has a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science and more than 20 years of experience managing multidisciplinary teams toward successful research conduct in chronic pain-related disorders and public health action for osteoarthritis awareness and education in several notable academic centers. Her experience includes delivery of physical activity education and programming to individuals with various chronic pain conditions and disabilities. She is a regular presenter for the OAAA at local and national professional meetings, and she has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, patient-advocacy articles, and book chapters on arthritis and chronic pain.

Susan M. Dooha, J.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY). CIDNY’s goal is to ensure full integration, independence and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities by removing barriers to the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the community.

Founded in 1978, CIDNY is a consumer-based, non-profit organization, providing services and advocacy toward independent living for individuals with disabilities. The majority of CIDNY’s board members and staff are persons with disabilities. In 2013, CIDNY served more than 50,000 persons with disabilities, family members and partners of persons with disabilities in New York City.

Since its inception, CIDNY has worked to provide persons with disabilities a safe and accessible way to move freely around New York City. In 1979, CIDNY did a survey to identify barriers to accessing New York City’s public transit services. In 1980, CIDNY lead the coalition of persons requesting that MTA trains and busses be made accessible to persons who use wheelchairs. In 1983, CIDNY helped convince legislators in New York City to make a fiscal commitment to curb-cut installation called the “Freedom Train.” CIDNY’s work on sidewalk accessibility is a continuation of this longstanding commitment. Because sidewalk and pedestrian-route access is critical to CIDNY’s mission, CIDNY conducted a survey of approximately 150 intersections in neighborhoods to determine whether curb ramps met the standards required to be of use to persons with disabilities.

The inability of persons with disabilities to safely use New York City sidewalks impacts almost all of CIDNY’s programs and impairs its mission. CIDNY itself is harmed by the inaccessibility of the sidewalks and pedestrian routes in Lower Manhattan. For example, CIDNY staff members and volunteers with mobility disabilities often have to travel to public buildings and other locations throughout Lower Manhattan for policy advocacy work, client visits, outreach and a host of other activities core to CIDNY’s mission. The lack of accessible sidewalks and pedestrian routes in Lower Manhattan makes these activities much more difficult for CIDNY, its staff, and volunteers as well as the constituents being served by such work.

Ms. Dooha became Executive Director of CIDNY in early 2002. She obtained her law degree at Yeshiva University, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law in 1990. Dooha is the recipient of many honors. She is a person with disabilities.

Clark Matthews is the Lead Producer for Rooted in Rights and leads original video production out of the Seattle office. This allows Clark to combine two of his biggest passions: filmmaking and disability rights. Clark’s media collaborations with artists and activists of mixed abilities have played at film festivals around the globe. His work in disability justice has led to involvement with organizations like National ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Not Dead Yet, the International Society for Disability Studies and more. Clark graduated from Temple University with a degree in Film and Media Arts.

Isabel González Whitaker is the Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility for ALSAC/St. Jude, the children’s research hospital based in Memphis. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar supported by Pres. Johnson, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Clinton Presidential Libraries and is also a Scholar in Residence at Rhodes College. Isabel has a 20+ year career in journalism and was the features editor at InStyle Magazine and Deputy Editor of Billboard. Her work has been published by Time, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Harper’s Bazaar and other national outlets. Isabel oversees the park she founded in Atlanta, the Sara J. González Memorial Park (sarajgonzalezpark.org). Named after her mother, a leading Hispanic, minority and immigrant rights advocate in the South who passed in 2008, it is the only park named for a Latino in the State of Georgia. The Sara J. González Memorial Park and playground provides ADA-compliant access throughout for wheelchairs and the playground itself is all-abilities so all children can play together and inclusively. It is the only such park in Northwest Atlanta. The park honors themes of inclusion, diversity and community, and is dedicated to improving social, health, educational and recreational equity in the Latino community as well as the community the park serves.

Anna Zivarts is the Program Director for Rooted in Rights and joined the team from Time of Day Media, a digital media firm she co-founded in 2010. At Time of Day, Anna produced digital video for the Innocence Project and Fight for 15, and lead searches for the ACLU in Kansas and Wisconsin to find citizens disenfranchised by voter ID laws.