Where’s the Outrage: COVID-19 Response Now and Moving Forward

View presentation on HealthMatters Program YouTube Playlist
Date and time: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:00 pm CDT
Duration: 1 hour
Handout: PowerPoint Presentation

Overview: This presentation will explore the Federal policy in response to COVID-19 and how the disability community is challenged to meet the unique needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. What is happening “on the ground” and what more needs to be done will be discussed. In addition, current policy issues and issues that will continue as the pandemic evolves will be presented.

Presenters: Nicole Jorwic, J.D. is the Senior Director of Public Policy at The Arc, a national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to joining The Arc policy team Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor for the state of Illinois. Prior to that appointment, Nicole served as the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities where she continued the Institute’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and assisted the leadership of the state of Illinois in developing public policy driven best practices in serving individuals with disabilities.Nicole is also an accomplished special education attorney and an advocate for students with disabilities, with a focus on transition-aged youth. Nicole received her JD and Child and Family Law Certificate, from Loyola University Chicago. She received her BS from the University of Illinois. Nicole is also a sibling, her brother Chris is 30 and has autism.

COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago with continued partnership with Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.


  • There is no cost for these webinars.
  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
  • For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak (jsisirak@uic.edu) at least 10 days before the webinars.


Scroll to Top
Scroll to Top