Presenters: Pam Kennedy, Marcie Roth, Shaylin Sluzalis and Germán Parodi
As the 2022 hurricane season opens, it is time to provide critical information about
disaster/emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and, especially, people with
significant communication needs. This session will be a panel discussion moderated by the cochairs of USSAAC's Disaster Relief Committee. The panel will be comprised of internationally known leaders in the area of disability, disaster preparedness and response, and disaster survivors who use AAC.
Pam Kennedy serves as a Disability Advocate, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Emergency Management and Crisis Intervention Specialist.
Marcie Roth is Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the World Institute on Disability (WID), a highly regarded global public policy center.
Shaylin Sluzalis and Germán Parodi, Co-Directors of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster
Strategies, come from Independent Living movement and disability rights backgrounds.
PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN TO:
• Identify 2 reasons why it is critical for people with disabilities to be prepared for natural and other disasters.
• List the particular challenges people with disabilities face when confronted with an impending disaster (e.g., power outage, sheltering, evacuating).
• Name at least 3 preparedness resources (including apps) for individuals with/without communication impairments
• Identify 2 ways COVID changed how we think about planning for and living through an emergency or disaster.
Financial: Pam Kennedy will receive an honorarium from USSAAC for her presentation. Marcie Roth is an employee of WID. Shaylin Sluzalis and Germán Parodi are employed by Partnership of Inclusive Disaster Strategies.
Nonfinancial: Marcie Roth is on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.