Emergency Management Disability Awareness Trainings in Columbia on March 27-28 and St. Louis on March 29-30

In partnership with Niagara University, the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is excited to offer two-day Emergency Management Disability Awareness Trainings for Region F in Columbia and Region C in St. Louis. Individuals who work in Regions C or F and have a role in meeting the needs of their communities (in any phase of emergencies), are encouraged to register for the training.

The goal of the training is to bring disability and response organizations together with those they will work with in the event of a disaster. There will be trainings in all nine regions of Missouri over the next three years. All trainings are free.

Training topics include:

  • Disability awareness specific to emergency management
  • Access and functional needs defined to include universal design
  • Understanding how the whole community concept is imperative to proper response to individuals with disabilities and how to involve them
  • NYC lawsuit and its ramifications nationwide
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act relative to emergency management and response
  • Community resources and other materials that assist emergency management in proper response
  • Disaster preparedness and planning
  • Inclusive planning and active participation

Trainings are scheduled for the following regions:

Columbia, Missouri, Region F
Cole, Boone, Osage, Gasconade, Montgomery, Callaway, Audrain, Howard, Cooper, Moniteau, Morgan, Miller and Camden counties.

Option One: Full Training March 27th-28th, 2023 9:00am-5:00pm CST

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Option Two: Half Day March 28th, 2023 1:00-5:00pm CST

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Training Location:  New Hall Event Space
700 Cougar Drive Columbia, MO 65216

St. Louis, Missouri, Region C
St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, St. Francois, St. Genevieve, and Perry counties.

Option One: Full Training March 29th-30th, 2023 9:00am-5:00pm CST

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Option Two: Half Day March 30th, 2023 1:00-5:00pm CST

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Training Location:  St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management
1150 Hanna Rd., Ballwin, MO 63021

There are two training options at each location:

Option 1 Two-Day Program:  This program is designed for those who are active in the disability community and or working in some capacity in an emergency management office. Requirement to report an Emergency Management Access and Functional needs activities after the training is required.

Option 2 Half-Day Program:  This program educates individuals who want to learn about the process, be active in a capacity that suits their interest and availability, and wants to assist in directing peers and colleagues within their demographic, municipality, or line of work. Obligations to report emergency management participation is not required in this role.

For questions regarding this training, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter, please email carynewman@niagara.edu or call 716-286-8139.


The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) is a federally-funded, 23-member, consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor. Its mandate under P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration in all aspects of community life.

To learn more about MODDC or to get involved, visit www.moddcouncil.org