Webinar Series: Contemporary Issues in Disability and Criminal Justice

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Join the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for our new series addressing hot topics related to disability in law enforcement, courts, and corrections agencies.

Using Self-Advocate Educators with Disabilities for Training Emergency Responders

Wednesday June 9, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (IDD/DD). In Session 1 of the series, a panel of experts and self-advocate educators with disabilities will discuss a research-based training model called Leading Forward for law enforcement and emergency medical service providers.


  • Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, Loyola College in Maryland
  • Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literacy, School of Education, Loyola College in Maryland
  • Patrick Chaney, Self-Advocate Educator
  • Elaina Camacho, Self-Advocate Educator

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Making Arrests and Detention Accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Thursday, June 17, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern

This session describes a model to implement and oversee a comprehensive range of accommodations for Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) people throughout any detention in state or county prisons, or supervision in state or county parole or probation programs. The key to this model is having a specialist, D/HH ADA Coordinator who is given the authority and budget to ensure access for this often "silenced’ population." The session will also describe the list of specific accommodations needed, from specialized phones, interpreters, captioning equipment and services, and staff training.


  • Bill Lockard, Program Director, DeafCAN! (Deaf Community Action Network)

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AWAY from NoWay: Disability and Juvenile Justice

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

As lawmakers continue to debate the need to radically shift investment from corrections and justice programs back into education and student support programs Hasan will introduce participants to the power that data has to tell the story of how education reinvestment can fast-track the closing of the school to prison pipeline. Then, hold on tight as Hasan invites you to join him in the story of his own journey, as he navigates the worlds of education, justice, and disability, desperate to exchange one "JD" for another - to go from Hasan Davis, Juvenile Delinquent, to Hasan Davis, Juris Doctor. 


  • Hasan Davis, Author, Education and Justice Advocate

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The ADA and Our Jails: Delivering Service to All with Dignity and Respect

PLEASE NOTE: This session was originally scheduled for June 29 but has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

This session will take a look at the ADA and our jails, from the time individuals enter booking until the day they are released. How do you properly ensure that all individuals in your custody have access to programs, services and a level playing field? Regardless of the disability, it is our responsibility to ensure that those entrusted to us while serving their sentences are treated with dignity and respect.


  • Captain James P. McMichael, Arlington County Sheriff's Office

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Additional Information about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center's Webinars

  • There is no charge to access these sessions
  • Certificates of participation are available for a nominal fee
  • Real-time captions will be available for all sessions
  • The sessions will be recorded for later viewing

Stay tuned as more sessions will be added to this series!