2020 Newsletter: Year In Review
We started 2020 with new leadership at The Partnership, while also building our organizational capacity, and responding to several disasters. Our biggest undertaking at the beginning of this past year was our response to Hurricane Dorian that hit the Bahamas in September 2019. As we completed our third deployment at the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 then hit the United States as the disastrous pandemic that we are still battling as we roll into 2021.
Below are some key advocacy strategies, accomplishments, and events we were a part of this past year, and more - check it out and get involved!
Disability & Disaster Hotline
We began meeting on February 28, 2020 to draft a National Disability Rights Call To Action. Spurring our ongoing Daily COVID-19 Disability Rights Calls.
- We sent the Call To Action along with a Letter to the 2020 White House COVID-19 Task Force
- We released COVID-19 Recommendations for Personal Assistance Services
- We advocated for inclusive relief legislation by releasing Legislative Recommendations for Public Health Emergencies and Disasters
- Along with several Action Alerts like this one
- Which resulted in dedicated funding to support CILs
- We began cataloging COVID-19 Community Wide Resources
We sent an Open Letter to Rachel Maddow encouraging her and other media outlets covering the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing facilities to uncover the story behind the one they tell, and expose the institutional bias for what it is. A death trap.
From April 20th - May 1st, we conducted a survey for Centers for Independent Living, Protection and Advocacy agencies, advocates and organizations in order to obtain a national snapshot about disability advocacy and congregate settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Advocacy to Attorneys General
We sent this letter to the Connecticut Attorney General and shared widely for advocates to use as a template tool for their Attorney General. Urging the immediate investigations of abuse and neglect in nursing facilities during the national public health emergency.
Disaster & Racial Justice at Congress!
COVID-19 Initiative Roll Out
In July, we began our COVID-19 Community Resilience Initiative in Washington State providing inclusive emergency management and public health training modules to all four Centers for Independent Living in the state, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and other Washington state disability stakeholders.
We launched Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration with our global disabled persons organization (DPO) partners, ONG Inclusiva and WID.
Failures in COVID-19 Response Harm People with Disabilities and Older Adults: A report from our ongoing Daily COVID-19 Disability Rights Calls between February 28 - July 31, 2020.
While we were in the midst of a devastating pandemic this past year, we sent a reminder that individual preparedness only goes so far in systems that are not designed with us or for us.
Here's our September 2020 National Preparedness Month Statement with important realistic reminders for people with disabilities and resources made by disabled people.
Our response work continued in the Bahamas!
Through our collaboration with our close relief partners Openworld Relief and Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), and a new relief partner we met along the way, Blue Window Logistics, we assisted with the facilitation and coordination to get Devon, a young disabled boy from Abaco, Bahamas who was impacted by Hurricane Dorian his first wheelchair.
facilitated a Washington Statewide Conference "Planning Today for a Safer Tomorrow Disability in Emergency Preparedness"
See the Washington Coalition for Inclusive Emergency Planning (CIEP) newsletter in review of the conference.
Our work with the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA) continued:
Our Executive Assistant, Priya Penner, led the November GADRA Disability + Disasters Panel: A Conversation with Young Leaders
Advocacy Achievements Led by The Partnership:
- NCD Roundtable discussions from April-July 2020 that included inter-agency and disability-led stakeholders
- FEMA Public Assistance: Addendum - Delivering Personal Assistance Services in Congregate and Non-Congregate Sheltering
- FEMA Individual Assistance: Crisis Counseling Program(s) full list by state
The Partnership had the great honor of being the recipient of the Twelvetide Drabbles Challenge of 2020!
The Twelvetide Drabbles Challenge is a fourteen-day challenge FUNdraiser by creating works in response to daily prompts and submitting them to a collection hosted at the fanworks site Archive of Our Own.
This year you all broke Twelvetide records with 17 Drabblers who collectively contributed 184 works, which had 31 fandoms, as well as original works that in total raised $1,472!
Many and sincere thank yous to all who contributed works, to our donors, and all who made this record breaking success possible!
Our deepest gratitude goes to Anna Clutterbuck-Cook for organizing this fantastic fundraiser and including The Partnership in this past year's Challenge!
This past year we not only faced a devastating pandemic, we also experienced and responded to several concurrent disasters.
- 103 named storms occurred during 2020 around the globe.
- The North Atlantic faced 30 named storms, 13 of which were named Hurricanes, and 6 out of those 13 being Major Hurricanes.
- In the continental U.S., we faced 12 named storms that made landfall, 6 of which were named Hurricanes.
- There were 1,053 preliminary tornado reports in the U.S. throughout 2020.
- 58,259 fires burned 10,274,679 U.S. acres.
- 15 earthquakes at 5.0 magnitude or larger were reported in the U.S. mainland
- 4 earthquakes at 5.0 magnitude or larger were reported in U.S. territory, Puerto Rico
- 2 earthquakes at 5.0 magnitude or larger were reported near U.S. territory, Guam
- 56 earthquakes at 5.0 magnitude or larger were reported in Alaska
EVENTS WE WERE A PART OF
Connecticut SILC: Discussion on COVID-19 and Equal Access for People with Disabilities
Unabridged Press - A Valid Podcast: Disabled in a Disaster
Disability Visibility Project: Ep 75: Coronavirus and Disaster Planning
Sustain Our Abilities: Disasters and Disability: The need for Inclusivity in Preparedness and Response
Unabridged Press - A Valid Podcast: Nursing Homes and COVID: A Natural Disaster?
AZ SILC: Partners in Preparedness Summit
Disability Inclusion Society: Color of DIS
Working Films: Revisioning Recovery - Films Uncovering the Roots of Disaster
NCIL: 2020 Annual Conference - Opening Plenary & Workshop 30 - Disability Community Resilience - Before, During, and After Disasters
DNC Coalitions & Partner Organizations: From COVID-19 to Climate Resilience: Disability and the Future of Federal Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Working Films: Revisioning Recovery - Screening of “The Right to Be Rescued” & Panel Discussion
APRIL: 2020 Annual Conference - Workshop: Nursing Facility Evacuation, Relocation & Transition During a Pandemic
SF Tech Council & GADRA: Tech Accelerates Disability Resources in Disasters
PUBLICATIONS FEATURED IN
Trust for America’s Health - Ready or Not 2020: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism - pg. 30-31
ONG Inclusiva - Disaster and Disability Inclusive Risk Reduction Magazine - pg. 10-14
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We at The Partnership are thankful for the community that unites alongside us. Thank you all for all you do for people with disabilities before, during and after disasters, public health emergencies, and crises.
Thank you for your continued support of The Partnership's vital work.
Onward to a New Year!