Who We Are

Inclusion Research Institute and the Inclusive Preparedness Center include staff members with expertise in disability from various backgrounds.  Meet the staff at IRI and IPC.

Carl T. Cameron, Ph.D.

Dr. Carl T. Cameron is President of Inclusion Research Institute in Washington DC and the founder, in 1999, of the Inclusive Preparedness Center (formerly the Center for Disability and Special Needs Preparedness). He is a nationally known research and training professional in the area of emergency preparedness, employment and community integration of people with disabilities and other special needs.  He has been recognized as a program developer, researcher, teacher, author and presenter throughout the United States.  Dr. Cameron is a media and training expert, and an experienced producer of satellite video teleconferences, videotape training and interactive video productions. Since 9/11 much of his work has been focused on developing training and technical assistance programs and materials for planners, first responders, and persons with disabilities and other special needs to improve their overall preparedness for terrorist attacks and other disasters.  Under his leadership, the Inclusive Preparedness Center has developed a collaboration with March of Dimes Canada and the Canadian Red Cross to form Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Canada.

Under his leadership, the Inclusive Preparedness Center has been designated as a national training partner for the Department of Homeland Security, a multiple grantee under the Urban Area Security Initiative, and a recipient of the People Who Are Making a Difference from the Environmental Protection Agency.  Dr. Cameron earned his doctorate in special education, statistics and communications from the University of Florida, and has been a faculty member at the University of Missouri, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, most recently at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  He has designed education programs for the Department of Defense Education Agency, and provided expertise to a wide variety of research organizations.  Contact Dr. Cameron at ctcameron at inclusionresearch.org or X201.

William Swenson, Ph.D.

Dr. Swenson is Vice President of Inclusion Research Institute and the Inclusive Preparedness Center.  He is an experienced researcher, teacher and trainer in education, urban studies, public policy development and implementation, and Homeland Security.  He has managed emergency preparedness projects with the Inclusive Preparedness Center under grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other State and Federal agencies. In 2010 and 2011 he managed a national project funded by a Fire Prevention and Safety grant to help fire agencies provide training and technical assistance to community organizations for residential fire safety planning. Contact wgswenson at inclusionresearch.org or X203.

Frances Norwood, Ph.D.

Dr. Frances Norwood is Director of Research at Inclusion Research Institute/Inclusive Preparedness Center and manages all aspects of research and evaluation for projects at IRI/IPC.  With a PhD in medical anthropology from the University of California-San Francisco and Berkeley, Dr. Norwood has 15 years experience conducting health policy research on a range of topics for persons who are elderly and disabled.  She is currently co-PI on a national study of evacuation practices for persons with disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.  She also is working on a study of emergency plans for students, faculty and staff with disabilities at Georgetown University and an evaluation of travel training for persons with disabilities with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  She just completed a study of the prevalence and preparedness levels of persons who are oxygen dependent and living in the greater Kansas City region of Missouri and Kansas.  She has written numerous government reports, academic articles and is the 2011 recipient of the Margaret Mead award in anthropology for her book titled, The Maintenance of Life: Preventing Social Death through Euthanasia Talk and End-of-Life Care – Lessons from The Netherlands. Contact fnorwood at inclusionresearch.org or X208.

Balchander Jayaraman

Balchander Jayaraman is the project director at the Inclusive Preparedness Center, which is a part of Inclusion Research Institute (IRI).  He directs IPC’s efforts to better prepare District residents and business in the event of a disaster.  Under a just completed project he led the development and delivery of over 20 preparedness trainings and exercises targeting District of Columbia residents and businesses using multiple scenarios.  He is also as the principal developer of an innovative online training called “Developing a Disaster Ready Organization”.  This national project, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides an online framework for organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities and other special needs to become better prepared for a major emergency or disaster.  He is responsible for developing the curriculum, managing contractors to build the platform, pilot testing the content and interface, and gaining approval from subject matter experts and FEMA. Contact bjayaraman at inclusionresearch.org or X202.

Zach Martin

Since completing his education at the University of Kansas in 1999 Mr. Martin has worked predominately in the field of disability.  Over the past nine years he has held positions as a paraprofessional, direct care profession, special education teacher, case manager, program director and as a lay advocate.  In July 2008, Mr. Martin joined Inclusion Research Institute and the Inclusive Preparedness Center as a Project Coordinator.  In this position he primarily works on research, disability outreach and the development of exercise materials.  He is currently serving as a coordinator of State Grants for Election Assistance for Individuals with disabilities, a project to encourage and enable DC voters with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the elections process including the ability to cast a ballot privately and independently.  Mr. Martin currently sits on numerous human service, mental health and disability advocacy boards/committees in Washington DC. Contact zmartin at inclusionresearch.org or X212.

Melanie Thompson, MA

Melanie Thompson is a Project Coordinator at Inclusion Research Institute and Inclusive Preparedness Center.  In this position, she works on training, technical assistance, and exercise research and development. She has contributed to teams that developed emergency preparedness training materials and disaster response exercise scenarios. She most recently has developed and produced a training video for Fairfax County Virginia staff and volunteers to activate and operate a Medical Needs Shelter in the event of a disaster.  Prior to this project Ms. Thompson was a exercise developer and facilitator for a series of trainings provided to Department of Health and Mental Hygiene facilities in the State of Maryland. She has delivered or helped to deliver dozens of trainings in the last two years to both persons with disabilities and the staff of organizations that provide services to them.  Ms. Thompson holds a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech University, and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University. Contact mthompson at inclusionresearch.org or X216.

Luis Hurtado

Luis Hurtado serves as a disability and Spanish language trainer and information technology specialist for IRI/IPC.  Mr. Hurtado has provided training for a wide variety of projects focused on disability services, employment, accessible housing, transportation and Section 508 web accessibility.  He has over 20 years experience providing software and hardware maintenance and troubleshooting and previously ran his own computer consulting business in Colombia.  He also works as a Spanish-English translator, including assisting in the development of a Spanish-language emergency preparedness campaign in the State of Maryland and translating all IRI/IPC electronic and print materials in Spanish. Contact lhurtado at inclusionresearch.org or X206.

Pat Heineman, MS

Pat Heineman is Project Coordinator at Inclusion Research Institute/Inclusive Preparedness Center.  Ms. Heineman has seven years experience in Emergency Preparedness, with five years  at the community level, managing and coordinating a local emergency response network of local leadership for community readiness.  In addition, Ms. Heineman co-developed a neighborhood preparedness program, Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) and coordinated program development, implementation, and outreach for this initiative.  Since 2008, Ms. Heineman has assisted in the coordination and implementation of emergency preparedness programs at Inclusion Research Institute/Inclusive Preparedness Center where she assists with the coordination and implementation of emergency preparedness program development and community outreach. She has facilitated tabletop exercises and trainings for organizations and businesses for the pandemic influenza, as well as COOP planning.  Ms. Heineman holds a B.A. in Health Education and a M.S. in Health Administration from Towson University. Contact pheineman at inclusionresearch.org or X217.

Trudy Jones, MA

Trudy Jones graduated from the University of the District of Columbia, earning a Masters’ Degree in Adult Education and Human Resources.  She has over twenty years of experience in secondary education in the DC Public School System which included students with disabilities mainstreamed in a regular classroom setting.  She provided instructional, mentoring and support services to her students and their parents. Her outreach efforts provided inclusive community service opportunities and recreational activities for all students in an intergraded environment.  Ms. Jones has been a Project Coordinator at the Inclusion Research Institute for five years assisting and facilitating self advocacy training to teens and young adults, with developmental disabilities and special needs thru the Youth Empowerment Advocacy Resource Center (YEARC) which I was a part of IRI. Transitional sessions for the youth and adults, included independent living skills, employment, housing and transportation support resources. Contact tjones at inclusionresearch.org or X207.

Ahmad Zaghal

Ahmad graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  He is currently project coordinator for DC Transition.  He conducts local disability resource searches and manages the wesbsite, particularly as it relates to accessibility for DC Transition, a project that supports successful transition for persons with disabilities in the District of Columbia. Contact azaghal at inclusionresearch.org or X210.

Pat Blaino

Pat Blaino is in charge of accounts at Inclusion Research Institute and the Inclusive Preparedness Center. Contact pblaino at inclusionresearch.org or X204.

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