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Disability Integration Expert

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American Red Cross - Wisconsin Region

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Disability Integration Regional Program Lead

Disability Integration Regional Lead serves as a field-based subject matter expert in disability integration, inclusion, and access and functional needs for our Disaster Services department - Wisconsin Region. Disability Integration Regional Leads provide subject matter consultation and guidance to regional disaster leadership in planning for and responding to disasters that impact individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and act as ambassadors in relationships with local and state emergency management, disability stakeholders, and state and local community partners. Additionally, they are instrumental in building regional capacity by providing training, guidance, information, and Disability Integration Network expertise to local and regional leadership and volunteers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Facilitates disability integration throughout the Wisconsin Region by developing support to disaster responders via regular meetings, conference calls, and exercises, to develop regional knowledge of integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs
  2. Assists with external relationship building among governmental and non-governmental partners, to include promoting awareness of disaster-related disability integration issues
  3. Demonstrates leadership and professionalism at all times as an ambassador for Disability Integration
  4. Participates in disaster-related speaking engagements and/or trainings upon request, including the delivery of National Headquarters (NHQ) -approved disability integration and equal access training at Disaster Institutes
  5. Provides technical information, expertise, and recommendations as a subject matter expert to disaster leadership teams
  6. Works closely with Wisconsin's disaster leadership and coordinates with chapter, division and NHQ liaisons regarding disability integration and equal access matters in local, regional, and state disaster preparedness
  7. If designated as the state liaison for disaster preparedness in disability integration and equal access services, the Disability Integration Regional Lead will also be responsible for building local, regional, and state partnerships with appropriate entities, e.g., Public Health Departments, State Disaster Behavioral Health Office, State Emergency Management Functional Needs Support Services, Statewide Councils on Independent Living. This includes acting as liaison to state-level disability integration and service entities regarding disaster-specific disability integration, especially inclusive disaster planning and functional needs support services, as well educating these entities regarding Red Cross Disability Integration activities. The state liaison will also monitor state legislation that affects Disability Integration and review state-level disaster plans and pandemic/all hazards plans and provide feedback and collaborate with the DDSRD on state-level relationships and plans with external partners
  8. Participates in regular conference calls with the Division Disability Integration Advisor to receive DI Network changes and updates and is responsible for disseminating those changes to the Wisconsin chapters
  9. Collaborates with the National Disability Integration Network, the Ability Network, and other functional teams
  10. Assists volunteers with disabilities and other access and functional needs to participate in Red Cross volunteer opportunities, and helps regional chapters understand how to integrate persons with disabilities into the paid and volunteer workforce

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A representative of the disability community with an interest in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Experience in disability community
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to represent the American Red Cross in a professional manner
  • Ability to work with volunteers, employees, government, donors, and the public
  • Computer proficiency using email, Microsoft Word, and Excel
  • Ability to resolve problems, collaborate, lead change, network, and recruit
  • Experience with the ADA, FHA or other disability related legal documents, preferred
  • Skills or experience working with people who have disabilities, preferred

TIME COMMITMENT

  • 5-10 hours per week


**Must submit a volunteer application at redcross.org/volunteer

Questions? Contact Sarah at sarah.luth@redcross.org or (608) 347-8791

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About American Red Cross - Wisconsin Region

Location:

4860 Sheboygan Avenue, Madison, WI 53705, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Description

Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether its one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.

Community
Disaster Relief
People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

205 N Main StJanesville, WI 53545

(42.68445,-89.02473)
 

SKILLS

  • Basic Computer Skills

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-10 hours per week.
  • Must submit a volunteer application at www.redcross.org/volunteer

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