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"Getting it right" conference
By: Portlight , 1:19 AM GMT on June 01, 2013
Good morning and welcome to todays scheduled speakers here at the "Getting it right" conference.
All times are EDT
9:00am – 9:05am- Paul Timmons, Board Chair, Portlight Strategies
9:05am – 9:35am- Susan Dooha, Exec. Dir., Center for Independence of the Disabled New York
The Center for Independence of the Disabled,New York(CIDNY) goal is to ensure full intergration,independence and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities by removing barriers to the social,economic,cultural and civic life of the community.
"disasters are always inclusive"
"In New York there are 806,030 non institutional people with disabilities"
166,347 with a hearing difficulty;
156,118 with a vision difficulty;
296,391 with a cognitive difficulty;
499,870 with a ambulatory difficulty;
192,532 with a self care difficulty
328,979 with a independent living difficulty
9:35am – 9:50am- Alejandra Ospina and Nick Dupree Disability community activists and New York City residents, sharing their Sandy experience.
Sandy Especially Tough On Vulnerable Populations
10:05am – 10:40am- Syd London, Professional Photographer.
Her photo essay on post-Sandy NYC will be on display in the room.
Syd London, Professional Photographer.
Her photo essay on post-Sandy NYC
10:40am – 11:00am- Lex Frieden - Hurricane Sandy Personal Experiences
This is the homepage of professor Lex Frieden. Lex Frieden is an expert in the fields of rehabilitation and independent living by people with disabilities.
11:00am – 11:20am- Elliot Harkavy -Grants for accessibility
Social Media and Emergency Management - Industry Council for ...
Sheperd Center RESCUE plan
Shepherd Center launched RESCUE, a community service program providing home alert labels and education for people with physical and or cognitive limitations who find themselves in emergency situations. The mission is to aide in quicker response times and creation of better emergency plans.
To request a RESCUE sticker and informational material, please email Tuwanyo Willis.
Why is this important?
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “People with mobility impairments represent a segment of the population with one of the highest risks of dying in a fire.” Based on recent U.S. Census Bureau information, this represents about 21.2 million Americans.
“According to incident reports filed by local fire departments, physical disability was a factor in an average of 380, or 14%, of home fire deaths per year between 2004 and 2008.”
-National Fire Protection Association
Fire Analysis and Research Division
“…Only 47% of people with disabilities have developed plans to evacuate their homes in the event of a disaster and only 54% knew who to contact about emergency plans in their community.”
-The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
1:00pm – 1:45pm-Panel Discussion: Transportation
Presenters will discuss challenges and solutions in designing transportation plans that would easily accommodate members of the disability community.
Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide For People with Disabilities
1:45pm – 2:30pm- Panel Discussion: Shelter Accommodations
Cross section of members of the disability community who will be explaining what they would need to survive in a shelter for 3-5 days.
3:45pm – 5:15pm- American Red Cross
5:15pm – 5:30pm - Joy Kniskern and Ruth Rust
Portlight is already deployed in Oklahoma and will be responding immediately to serve people with disabilities there suffering tonight. Your support makes all this possible. Please fire up the PayPal button on our website at the link above. Please remember these folks in your thoughts and prayers!
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