The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, Inc. is a clearinghouse for information and a community organizing resource for meeting the access and functional needs of people with disabilities throughout emergency preparedness, disaster planning, response, recovery and mitigation. The Partnership provides information and technical assistance for meeting the equal access and functional needs accommodations of people with disabilities and the whole community throughout all aspects of emergency management. This includes assessing the current state of disaster planning, and providing technical assistance to successfully include people with disabilities throughout all aspects of emergency management and disaster cycle services.

The Partnership also provides information on how communities as a whole can advocate for accessible services and disaster preparedness education. The Partnership galvanizes and amplifies the voice of the national disability community and works with local, state, tribal, territorial and federal emergency managers to create a more inclusive and accessible structure within their jurisdictions. The Partnership looks to the Trump Administration for support on our initiatives and to share our mission to achieve whole community inclusive emergency preparedness and equal access to emergency services and programs in every community.

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies' initial focus is:

  • Monitoring and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Rehabilitation Act. and other civil rights laws.
  • Sheltering people with disabilities in the most integrated setting, “General Population Shelters” rather than “Special Medical Need Shelters” unless they would otherwise be admitted to a hospital for acute medical care.
  • Ensuring people with access and functional needs have equal access to transportation during an evacuation , after the disaster has occurred, and for their return home.
  • Ensuring all communications are effective, accessible and actionable before, during and after a disaster.
  • Providing training and technical assistance to local ,state, tribal, territorial and federal level emergency mangers on universal accessibility, and full inclusion of people with disabilities and others who also have access and functional needs in emergency planning, response and recovery.
  • Establish and execute protocols to ensure the accountability of American Red Cross and all recipients of federal funds in all aspects of service to people with disabilities.

The following individuals and organizations and have already signed on as founding members of the Partnership:


  • 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 Asociation 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
  • 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
  • Trach Mommas of Louisiana
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • Carrie Ann Lucas
  • June Kailes
  • Laura George
  • Michael Coen
  • Allan Fraser
  • Dawn Brantley
  • Dawn Skaggs
  • Hilary Styron
  • Jamie Prioli
  • Crystal Evans
  • Ray Alfred
  • Jed Barton
  • Steve Woodward

If you or your organization share our commitment, please consider signing on as a founding member.

For further information, please contact:

Marcie Roth

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