About the Partnership
The mission of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (the Partnership) is equal access to emergency programs and services and full inclusion of the whole community before, during and after disasters.
We achieve our mission through:
- Unwavering support for local disability organizations
- Community engagement, organizing and leadership development
- Advocacy and public policy
- Training and education
- Research and technical assistance
Who We AreThe Partnership is a coalition of local, national and global disability rights, emergency management, public health and community leaders and allies committed to equal access and whole community inclusion before, during and after disasters.
The Partnership was founded in 2016 by Portlight Strategies, Inc. our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Our founders and members have a strong track record of protecting and advancing the rights of people with disabilities (26% of the US population) and over one billion people with disabilities across the globe. We have been leading humanitarian response and relief initiatives to meet the disability accessibility needs of disaster impacted individuals throughout catastrophic disasters and humanitarian response and relief for over twenty years.
The Partnership was founded by Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies in 2016 to focus on disability inclusive emergency management community organizing, policy, advocacy and training. We work collaboratively with Portlight, our members and partners to lead change, navigate complex systems and eliminate barriers to equal access to emergency and disaster programs and services for people with disabilities.
Our coalition focuses on the access and functional needs of countless people who are disproportionately impacted in disasters due to inadequate planning, preparedness and accessibility.This includes people who may require assistance, accommodation or modification due to any situation (temporary or permanent) that limits their ability to take action in an emergency. In addition to people with disabilities, this includes people who are marginalized, stigmatized or excluded, older adults, individuals with limited language proficiency, low literacy, temporary and chronic health conditions, pregnant women and people experiencing homelessness, limited access to transportation or the financial resources to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.
Globally, we bring our expertise and leadership to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, human rights, humanitarian action, strategic development, and resilient community initiatives. Our US members lead disability rights initiatives in every congressional district and virtually every community across the country.
Our core values of equal access, inclusion and independence continually guide our work towards a future where community readiness is achieved and sustained for everyone through a shared and unwavering commitment to accessibility, universal design and reasonable accommodation before, during and after disasters. This includes equal access and full inclusion throughout planning, exercises, alerts, notification, evacuation, transportation, sheltering, health maintenance, medical care and temporary housing. This also includes maintaining a full commitment to equal access, inclusion and independence as disaster impacted people return home, to school, work and their community and it carries on throughout recovery and mitigation initiatives, led by the active and knowledgeable leadership of people with disabilities and fully informed by the community as a whole.
Experience has shown us that these values of access, inclusion and independence are imperatives for achieving and sustaining community-wide disaster resilience.
- AAPD- American Association of People with Disabilities
- ADA Legacy Project
- APRIL- Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
- AUCD - Association of University Centers on Disability
- The Disability Rights Center
- DREDF- Disability Rights Education Defense Fund
- DAP- Disaster Accountability Project
- General Honore LLC
- Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy
- ILRU-Independent Living Resource Utilization
- Inclusive Emergency Management Strategies LLC
- Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
- NACDD-National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
- NAD- National Association of the Deaf
- NCIL- National Council on Independent Living
- NCEHS- National Center for Environmental Health Strategies
- NDRN- National Disability Rights Network
- Niagara University
- Pacific ADA Center
- Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
- RESNA- Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
- Road to Freedom Bus Tour
- Shepherd Center
- SMG- Solutions Marketing Group
- Trach Mommas
- UMASS- School for Social Inclusion and Global Development
- Western University of Health Sciences
- WID- World Institute on Disability
- Arizona State Independent Living Council
- California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
- Connecticut State Independent Living Council
- Idaho State Independent Living Council
- New York State Independent Living Council
- Oregon State Independent Living Council
- Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council
- Washington State Independent Living Council
- West Virginia State Independent Living Council
- Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Committee
- The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, OH
- ACI-Alliance Center for Independence, NJ
- Appalachian Center for Independent Living, WV
- All About You Homecare, NY
- Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, VA
- Center for Disability Rights, NY
- Center for Independence, WA
- CIDNY- Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY
- City of Decatur Fire and Rescue, GA
- Concepts of Independence, NY
- Disability Action Center, Moscow, ID
- Disability Resource Center, Pendleton, OR
- Eden I&R, Hayward, CA
- ILCNSCA- Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann Inc., MA
- Law Offices of Linda Mastandrea, IL
- LIFE, Inc.-Living Independently for Everyone, Southeast ID
- LIFFT- Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow, MT
- LICIL-L.I. Center for Independent Living, Inc, NY
- Progressive Independence, OK
- Regional Center for Independent Living, NY
- Resources for Independence - New Orleans & Baton Rouge, LA
- SKIL Resource Center, KS
- Westchester Disabled on the Move, NY
- White Apple Institute
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