COVID-19 Webinar Series

View COVID-19 Webinar Series on the HealthMatters Program YouTube Playlist.

Where’s the Outrage: COVID-19 Response Now and Moving Forward
Nicole T. Jorwic, J.D., Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc United States
Watch on YouTube May 26, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 1: What to Wear at Work and Why
Melissa Desroches, PhD, RN, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Tufts University
Register June 2, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 2: Caring for Someone Infected with COVID-19 in their Home
Melissa Desroches, PhD, RN, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Tufts University
Register June 9, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Talking about COVID-19: Resources for People with IDD
Kathy Service, RN, MS, FNP-BC, CDDN
Register June 16, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Impact of COVID-19 on Organizations Serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Donna Martin, Director of State Partnerships & Special Projects, American Network of Community Options (ANCOR)
Register June 23, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Survival Coalition and The Arc Wisconsin: Determining What’s Needed Now and in the Future in Response to COVID-19
Lisa Pugh, Executive Director of The Arc Wisconsin
Register June 30, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Preparing Your Employees for the Impact of COVID-19: Updates from Providers
Ed Kaul, Chief Executive Officer, ARCA and Eligio Velasquez, 2020 Direct Support Professional of the Year
Register July 7, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Communicating COVID-19 Updates to People with IDD, Caregivers, and Stakeholders
Maggie Hassler, Director of Executive Communications,  Aspire
Register July 14, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Even During a Crisis, People with Disabilities have Rights
Robin Jones, MPA, COTA/L, ROH,  Director of the Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT, Department of Disability and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
Register July 21, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Hospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers: They Aren’t Visitors
Sarah H. Ailey, PhD, APHN, Rush University
Register July 28, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Health Matters Now More than Ever: The Triple Burden of Disease for People with IDD
Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH, Co-Director of the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jennifer Eastman, MBA, Director of Community Living Policy at Maryland Department of Disabilities
Register August 4, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Shifting Services in Community-Based Organizations: Meeting the Needs of People with IDD
Susan L. Silberman, PhD, Senior Director, Research & Evaluation at National Council on Aging (NCOA), Washington, DC.
Register August 11, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

Employment Resilience: People with IDD are Critical Frontline Workers
Erin Riehle, MSN, RN
Register August 18, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT

COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago through continued partnership with Project SEARCH funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Grant # 17CH03FA20 and collaboration with Aspire.


Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and

Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.

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