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Emergency Preparedness: Lived Experiences of DeafBlind Individuals in Emergencies: A Panelist Discussion

Sep 20 - Sep 20, 2023


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Event Summary

Join us as we learn about the lived experiences of DeafBlind individuals who have gone through different disasters and emergencies from different areas of the country. With a group of panelists, we will hear stories about what ensured their survival, what they would do differently, and what life lessons that these people learned. There will also be a discussion on how first responders, family, and community members can support the DeafBlind community during an emergency. We hope you will walk away with nuggets of wisdom to apply to your own life. The panel will be facilitated by HKNC’s DeafBlind Employment Specialist (DBES) Kacie Weldy. ASL interpreting and captions will be available on Zoom.

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Event Details

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 2-3:30pm EST

Audience: DeafBlind individuals, their families, and professionals who support them

Cost: $25

Free Registration: DeafBlind participants are eligible for complimentary attendance to this training session. In order to receive this special offer, please contact HKNC at to receive a coupon code that entitles you to FREE Registration to this training.

Credits: ACVREP CE Hours: 1.5; CRC CEU Hours: 1.5

Accessibility Statement: Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) aims to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals, especially the target audience for this webinar series: DeafBlind people and the direct service providers that work with them. All HKNC trainings include ASL and Spoken English interpretation, captions, audio descriptions and transcripts.  We understand the importance of accommodating diverse needs and ensuring equal opportunities for learning. If you require alternative accommodations, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the training event at We look forward to welcoming you to our training program and ensuring an enriching experience for all participants.


Kacie Weldy

Headshot of Kacie, a middle aged white female with long straight brown hair and brown eyes. Kacie is wearing a blue and purple paisley print blouse, and is smiling while looking at the camera.

Focus services includes exploration and identification of careers, educate, and enhance personal management and employment skills, interviewing, and resume building. Additionally, Kacie coordinates job supports, summer youth career exploration and work experience, vocational consultation, and work adjustments. She also provides education and training for agency staff members on best practices and means of inclusion and accessibility.

An Indiana native, Kacie has over 20 years of experience in advocacy both locally and nationally with both the DeafBlind and service dog communities. She has earned her A.S. and B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis.

As a DeafBlind person, she is active in numerous related organizations. Kacie is a 2009 graduate of the Indiana Partners in Policymaking program by the Indiana Governors Council for People with Disabilities and is currently serving as a board member for both the Indianapolis Mayoral Advisory Council for Disabilities and Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Professionally she has completed the ACRE certification and is working towards achieving the CESP certification along with additional professional development to better serve those she works with.


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