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February 13 CyberSeminar

Disability Awareness Training

The International Association of Fairs and Expos (IAFE), in conjunction with its partner Disability Awareness Training (DAT) are please to present a webinar on how to properly and appropriately respond to patrons with disabilities while identifying and proactively addressing accessibility and universal design.

This will serve as an introduction to the main aspects necessary to ensure a visitor experience that is inclusive for all.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Accessibility defined
  • Parking Signage
  • Effective Communication
  • Grandstand ticketing and seating
  • Etiquette and Interaction Skills
  • Service Animals.

David Whalen founded Disability Awareness Training (DAT) in September 2004. He specializes in training law enforcement, emergency responders, human service providers, public, private, and school transportation, corporations and businesses, places of worship, and educators.

David Whalen has worked in the disability field for most of his career. He spent 17 years at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara serving individuals with developmental disabilities. As Vice President of Program Operations, David established groundbreaking programs recognized statewide, including a fully operational greenhouse, an on-site nature trail, rehabilitation counseling in schools, collaborative certification with the county alcoholism department, and a sensory integration room. Dave worked for one year serving low income medically frail seniors as Director in a Long Term Managed Care (Pre-PACE) program.

David served on the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day) committee , served as President of the New York State Association of Day Service Providers, started the Diocese of Buffalo's Disability Action Team. And the NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Quality Assurance Real Choice committee. As well as serving on numerous local, and national related committees and associations.

He is President of the Buffalo Alumni Chapter of St. Bonaventure University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (1984) and his Masters of Science in Education degree in Counseling Psychology (1986). In 2009, he was awarded the Alumni of the Year by the university.

Dave is currently contracted with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to revise and upgrade the Basic Course for Police Officers recruit training.

He resides in Williamsville, NY with his wife Sandy and their twins David and Rachel.