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Organizers Forum: Disability Rights and Emergency Management – Getting It Right Before, During, and After Disasters

NDLA Logo - National Disability Leadership Alliance - Nothing About Us Without UsIn the wake of hurricanes in the south and on the east coast, and now huge fires raging in California, learn what is happening in the field of emergency management and disability rights. What should we as disability organizers do to improve things for disabled people in areas hit by disasters? What policies or practices should we be fighting for? 


  • Marcie Roth, CEO, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
  • Paul Timmons, Board Chair, Portlight Strategies
  • June Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant

CART: The call will have real-time captioning (CART) at

In order to maximize the generously donated CART services, the call will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. and end promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call. If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let the Organizers Forum know as soon as possible.


The Organizing Workgroup of the National Disability Leadership Alliance hosts these calls the third Tuesday of every month as a resource for disability organizers, in an effort toward building the organizing capacity of the disability community across the country. They generally follow the format of a welcome followed by 2-3 experts in a given area speaking for a few minutes on their experiences, advice and challenges. The calls include a 20-30 minute question and answer period.

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