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The Getting it Right Conference - UPDATE
By: Portlight , 6:22 AM GMT on March 12, 2013
What: The Getting It Right Conference - Shelter and Transportation Accessibility for People with Disabilities
When: June 3-5, 2013
Where: The Shepherd Center, Atlanta GA
Who: Portlight Strategies, Inc., Weather Underground, Brain Dance 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, this 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, but 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. Too often in the past it has been made to seem an impossible task. We understand these are unique, and short term situations, and we want to stress that the perfect cannot become the enemy of the functional and adequate. In other words, we want to give the situation another look.
We will bring together the disability community with those who respond in times of disaster, to dispel false information and facilitate discussion of the real needs of the community with respect to evacuation, short-term sheltering and sheltering-in-place.
We're 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.
Dr. Jeff Masters, Chief Meteorologist, Weather Underground
Susan Dooha, Exec. Dir., Center for Independence of the Disabled New York
Paul Timmons, Board Chair, Portlight Strategies
Marilyn Self, Red Cross, Atlanta, GA
Alejandra Ospina and Nick Dupree, disability community activists and New York City residents, sharing their Sandy experience
Michele Kaplan, documentary filmmaker, presenting a short film on how the New York and New Jersey disability community fared during Sandy
Syd London, professional photographer, whose photo essay on post-Sandy NYC will be on display in the room
For more information, or to register to attend, please visit our website. If you have a story to tell about your experience with disaster response, please email paul@portlight, or call (843)817-2651.
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