All Access Dec. 5 ‘Disabilities in Disasters and the Resolute Resistors'

November 15, 2023

Sept. 2023 through April 2024, Disability Services (DS) offices across the state will be offering free monthly virtual training sessions covering a variety of essential DS topics. ASL Interpreters and live transcription services will be provided during each session. All presentations will also be recorded for post-session viewing, please register to receive a link. 

Upcoming Sessions

Disabilities in Disasters and the Resolute Resistors

Daryl P. Schaffer, UAF NRS Ph.D. student

Individuals with disabilities are often disproportionately affected by a disaster; likewise, no two disabilities or vulnerable populations are alike and should not be treated the same way. In this presentation, UAF NRS Ph.D. student Daryl P. Schaffer will review what individuals with disabilities may need before, during, or after a disaster as well as what they can give back to some professional emergency career fields. 

Event Details

Event Date - Dec. 5, 2023
Start Time - 11:30 a.m.
End Time - 1 p.m.
Location - Zoom

Zoom Link


Spotlight on UA Presenter

With a master’s degree in both Human Resource Management and Security and Disaster Management, Daryl P. Schaffer is currently a Natural Resources and Sustainability Ph.D. student concentrating on disaster management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After nearly 31 years of service, Daryl retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Captain in 2021; serving the last four years after becoming disabled from a cerebellar stroke and traumatic brain injury. In 2019, Daryl participated in the Department of Defense Warrior Games with more than 300 other wounded military athletes. With over 40 years of emergency management experience, Daryl has been certified as an Incident Command System Type-1 Logistics Section Chief, Type-3 Incident Commander, and Type-3 Planning Section Chief. Daryl also served as a Unified Commander during the Hurricane Katrina response. 

Over the past two years, Daryl has used this blended background to speak at a dozen regional, national, and international conferences on the interaction between disasters and individuals with disabilities. Living in on-campus UAF housing, Daryl and his wife experienced the incredible winter of 2021-22 and nearby wildfires in the summer of 2022; the closeness of nature with moose climbing their front steps; red fox trotting down the road; ravens, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans soaring aloft; and running at -34F with Running Club North. Daryl is grateful for this opportunity to present some of his current work to UA colleagues across the state – all are welcome! 

Virtual Disability Services Coffee Chats

The morning after each series presentation, staff and faculty can ‘Zoom’ with DS in an informal virtual gathering centered around coffee, conversation, and constructive solutions. DS Coffee Chats are not recorded.

2023-2024 Upcoming DS Coffee Chat Links