Our friends at Portlight Strategie
s are inviting you to a conference about shelter and transportation accessibility for people living with disabilities. I'm sure all the accessibility issues around super storm Sandy had a hand in making this happen.
In a disaster situation, you cannot predict who you will be serving. At some point, you will have a person with a disability who needs your help. When they can't get into your shelter, or use the beds you have available, are you going to explain that "it's not your job" to handle that?
Even if it's not up to you, wouldn't you be better served to be ready to serve everyone who needs help?
Join us at "The Getting It Right" Conference and learn how to be ready.
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.
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