No registration is required. Each webinar will be live on YouTube with CART (closed captions) and ASL. Check back on the website for the webinar YouTube link and a phone number for those who would like to listen to the panel. The YouTube link is available for Your Rights During COVID-19 and Other Disasters at 2pm. Watch the previous webinars on our YouTube channel here.

Kickoff Webconference

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)

The purpose of this year’s Partners in Preparedness Summit Series is to shed light on the dark crevasses of the systematic inequalities that have left so many individuals who have disabilities to “go without” during this global pandemic and national crisis.

This webconference includes training by the Pacific ADA Center and speakers from the Partnership For Inclusive Disaster Strategies and the World Institute on Disability.

Webinar Series

Racial Justice During COVID-19

Friday, July 3, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)

Racism and racial justice play a large role in public health and emergency management. These prevalent issues have been showen to create major hurdles when it comes to reaching health equity. These panelists will discuss the current problems of health disparities during the pandemic of COVID-19 and how minorities are suffering disproportionately from the virus. Professionals can expect to gain new insight and perspectives through colleagues in the field, who will take part in an honest discussion about the current state of public health with respect to racial justice. Attendees will learn about how minorities all too often have unequal access to healthcare and other resources. Learn how, through structural racism, a person of color is more likely to be hospitalized or become infected with COVID-19, and face more health consquences as a result.

Housing Justice & Ageism During COVID-19

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)

As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout our communities, it has laid bare multiple layers of danger and vulnerability for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses. In many cases, the move toward social distancing became widespread social isolation for those in densely packed environments, like nursing homes and group homes. In response to soaring infection rates and skyrocketing numbers of patients battling serious illness, emergency procedures in some states uncovered responses that would severely disadvantage or bar people with certain disabilities from ventilator access. A bias toward ableism, revealed through the sputtering 50-state response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, has illuminated moral dilemmas on both a micro and macro scale as healthcare providers, legislators, and public health experts grapple with the medical ethics of ventilator scarcity in the face of growing numbers of severely ill patients. In some communities, elder patients with severe intellectual disabilities, chronic illnesses, and dementia are underserved or undervalued as frontline professionals and policy makers sidestep Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 guidelines. Over the course of this two-hour session, we will discuss housing access, ageism, and independent living in the era of COVID-19 with our panel of experts in the fields of public health, housing, public policy, and independent living.

Mental Health Justice During COVID-19

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)

As the pandemic causes many disruptions in people’s daily lives such as their routines, loss of lives, and financial situations, people’s mental health are at risk. The obstacles to receiving treatment for mental health during this time will be explored. Certain groups are at a higher risk of experiencing or developing symptoms of mental health disorders during this pandemic, such as people of lower socioeconimic status, people with limited social supports and people  already living with mental illness. During this webinar, we will discuss the stressors on mental health this pandemic has caused and potential strategies that can be explored to treat and prevent a decline in mental health.
Your Rights During COVID-19 and Other Disasters

Thursday, July 23, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)


Lydia X. Z. Brown

Rhonda Brownstein

Jon Meyers

Guest Speaker: Tyler Haggerty

Moderators: J.J. Rico and Sarah Kader

Co-Host: Arizona Center for Disability Law

Justice for Developmental Disabilities During COVID-19

Friday, July 31, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)


Clarissa Kripke, MD

Shameka Andrews


Moderators: Dawn Bailey

Co-Host: TBA

Immigrant & Migrant Justice During COVID-19

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)



Moderators: TBA

Guest Speaker: TBA

Co-Host: Somos America

Indigenous Justice During COVID-19

Monday, August 10, 2020

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)


Gayle Dine’Chacon, MD

Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D.

Moderators: Paula Seanez and Eileen Tohonnie

Guest Speaker: TBA

Co-Host: ASSIST! to Independence (Tuba City, AZ)

Veterans Justice During COVID-19

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)


Patricia Kime


Moderators: Bert Rios

Environmental Sensitivity Justice During COVID-19

Thursday, August 27, 2020

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)


Dr. Ann McCampbell

Cyndi Norwitz


Moderators: Jess Dene Schlesinger and Susan Molloy

Guest Speaker: TBA

Co-Host: New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center (Prescott Valley, AZ)

Justice for United States Territories During COVID-19

Monday, August 31, 2020

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific/Arizona Time)



Moderators: TBD

Guest Speaker: TBD

Co-Host: TBD

TBD: Social Media Campaign for September’s National Preparedness Month

Content will be based on the Disability Justice Series webinars. More information to come!

Series Finale Conference with COPA Health on September 10th – more information to come (ASL and CART will be provided).