Register Today for the Upcoming Emergency Management Disability Awareness Training for Region B in Adair County

In partnership with Niagara University, the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is excited to announce a two-day Emergency Management Disability Awareness Training for Region B in Kirksville.

The training will take place October 16-17, 2023, in Adair County, at the SB40 Community Learning Center, located at 1107 County Club Drive in Kirksville.

This training is for individuals, organizations and agencies that have a role with emergency preparedness in the following counties:  Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Clark, Sullivan, Adair, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Shelby, Marion, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls.

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.

If you work in Region B and have a role in meeting the needs of your community (in any phase of emergencies), we invite you to register for this training. There are two training options.

There will be trainings in all nine regions of Missouri over the next three years. All trainings are free. There are two training options to choose from:

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. Reporting Emergency Management Access and Functional needs activities after the training is required.

October 16-17, 2023 9 am – 5 pm CST

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.

October 17, 2023 1 pm – 5 pm CST

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
  • FEMA Access and Functional Needs content
  • 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
  • NYC Lawsuit and its ramifications nationwide

For questions regarding this training, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter, please email 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