DisBeat Highlights Top Emergency/Disaster Disability Inclusion Fixes

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In response to current floods in Louisiana, wild land fires out west, and National Disaster Preparedness Month (September), DisBeat highlights top emergency and disaster solutions to ensure disability inclusivity in every community, nation-wide. These solutions are focused on individuals and communities.

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DisBeat is a new national communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues.

“Much of inclusive, integrated emergency/disaster practice comes from old fashion community organizing and relationship building,” notes Paul Timmons, co-founder and chairman of the board Portlight Strategies.

In response to current floods in Louisiana, wild land fires out West, and National Disaster Preparedness Month (September), DisBeat highlights top emergency and disaster solutions to ensure disability inclusivity in every community, nation-wide.

These solutions are focused on individuals and communities.

DisBeat also celebrates creation of the "Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies,” designed to provide an infrastructure for communication on best and worst practices, training opportunities and educational products for members, and will activate dialogue and relationships between disability stakeholders – the real experts - and emergency management organizations.

“Much of inclusive, integrated emergency/disaster practice comes from old fashion community organizing and relationship building,” notes Paul Timmons, co-founder and chairman of the board Portlight Strategies.

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About DisBeat: DisBeat is a national communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues throughout the country. DisBeat uses a variety of communication tools, including social media, to bring attention to disability issues from an authentic disability perspective. DisBeat also maintains a database of subject-matter experts, fact sheets and talking points on a variety of critical issues facing 56.7 million Americans with Disabilities. DisBeat is a project of The ADA Legacy Projects. Initial Partners include ADAPT of Montana, Center for Disability Rights, Disability Rights Center, Disability Visibility Project, EIN SOF Communications, Nothing Without Us Media, and Shepherd Center (http://www.adalegacy.com/disbeat).

About The ADA Legacy Project: The mission of The ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by preserving the history of the disability rights movement, by celebrating its milestones, and by educating the public, media and future generations of advocates.
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