By: Portlight, 6:35 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Portlight Conference, New Jersey
What: The Getting It Right Conference - Shelter and Transportation Accessibility for People with Disabilities during relief and evacuation efforts
When: June 26-27, 2014
Where: Sheraton Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken, NJ
Who: Portlight Strategies, Inc. and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Why: Shelter and transportation accessibility are of paramount importance to people with disabilities in disaster situations. All too often in recent events these considerations have gone unaddressed...putting the lives of people with disabilities in grave danger. For shelter operators, addressing the needs of people living with disabilities can be a complex and confusing issue. We understand this...and are facilitating the Getting It Right conference to show that shelter and accessibility considerations are not only the right thing to do...they can be done easily...and usually inexpensively.
Our goal is to help shelter operators and transportation coordinators understand that a few simple steps can effectively address most concerns.. We understand these are unique...and short term...situations....and we want to stress: The perfect cannot become the enemy of the functional and adequate. In other words...we want to give the situation another look and help you while you are helping others.
We are not going to lecture operators. We will create dialogue and open lines of communication in such a way as to give clarity to these critical issues. Our presenters will frame these issues based upon real life situations seen recently. And then we will offer effective, practical, concrete solutions. These will include check lists and references to appropriate resources. And we will make ourselves available long term to answer questions and provide guidance.
The goal is not perfect compliance. The goal is to save lives. So...let's get together for a couple of days...and figure out how to work together.
The conference early registration fee is $175 and will include breakfast, lunch and snacks. After May 15th the registration fee is $195.
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Updated: 2:39 PM GMT on June 21, 2014