We have more conferences planned for 2015 than ever before! We'll start in Hampton Roads, VA, where we're doing our first ever continuing education series for attorneys. We'll be sharing recent developments in emergency management, accessible transportation and shelter, and helping attendees learn how to integrate people with disabilities into their disaster planning and response.
We'll unveil this very important photo exhibit in January 2015 , in the lobby of FEMA's headquarters, in Washington, D.C. We've collected iconic images from professional photojournalists, as well as personal photos from members of our community, documenting the often horrific results of non-inclusive disaster planning. The exhibit will take the viewer inside these stories, to inspire a renewed sense of activism, encouraging them to engage with their local and state emergency managers, to demand inclusion and improvement.
Portlight is gearing up for the severe weather events and other disasters that we know will come next year, no matter how much we may hope and pray that they don't. We plan to purchase a new response trailer, and to outfit it with everything we need to help make shelters more accessible for all, and to do the things we do best in a disaster situation.
We're working to develop a new disaster crowdsourcing app specifically for people with disabilities. Among other things, the app will make it easy for users to update their community on the accessibility – or lack thereof – of local public transportation, and where to find integrated, fully accessible shelters.
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