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COVID-19 Briefing #6 (5.6.20) – Accessibility in the Pandemic

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #6 – May 6, 2020 — Developed in partnership with Eyes Like Mine, Inc. and the Center for Nonprofits.

Topic: Accessibility for All Abilities: How people with disabilities are navigating the COVID-19 reality

Guest speaker #1: Joseph Geleta, Director, Office of Emergency Management – NJ Department of Human Services

Guest speaker #2: Scott Elliott, Executive Director – Progressive Center for Independent Living

Guest speaker #3: Dr. Bernice Davis, Psy.D., Director – New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Programs and services for people with disability, access and functional needs
  • Registries and services for emergency communications
  • Crisis Counseling and Mental Health hotlines and services
  • Apps and tech solutions for improving access and communication to make interactions more accessible


Americal Sign Language Interpretation available on May 6, 2020 call American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters were available on the May 6th call.  We are grateful to Audrey Joubert and Tabiatha Lee for providing this service!  Captions are available on the video recording of the call – just click the “CC” button at the bottom of the YouTube video screen.

Download the full summary and resources links here.

“Last night I didn’t sleep because I was thinking about this [model of bringing people together]. With the New Jim Crow Project [focusing on mass incarceration] we have to plan events and programs all the time and suddenly I’m thinking that more people have to have conversations: I don’t have to have a keynote speaker, I have to create the kinds of programs that have people talking with each other and thinking about action steps. So it’s really changing the model for us about the way we’re going to do our communicating and programs and raising the level of self-awareness in education.”

– Barbara Flythe – Campaign to End Jim Crow (Trenton)