Conference Agenda

The Getting It Right Conference

Shelter and Transportation Accessibility for People With Disabilities

Meeting the Specific Needs of the Underserved, Unserved and Forgotten People.

June 3 – 5, 2013

The Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA


Portlight’s mission includes providing for the needs of people with disabilities, especially in times of catastrophe. It is our hope that we can become a touchstone not just for those we serve, but for those who provide disaster relief to their communities.


Promote a new, deep interest in learning about the other community and promotion of inclusive design in emergency management planning.





Monday, June 3, 2013

4:00pm – 6:30pm  – Registration

6:30pm – 6:40pm - Welcome, Overview & Conference Expectations, Paul Timmons, Executive Director, Portlight Strategies, Inc.

6:40pm – 7:40pm- Dinner (Provided)

7:40pm–8:30pm-  Dr. Jeff Masters, Chief Meteorologist, Weather Underground

Dr. Masters co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. He’ll discuss current weather and environmental trends, and why we can expect to see more storms like Sandy

Tuesday June 4, 2013

8:00am – 9:00am- Continental Breakfast (Provided)

9:00am – 9:05am- Paul Timmons, Board Chair, Portlight Strategies

9:05am – 9:35am- Susan Dooha, Exec. Dir., Center for Independence of the Disabled New York

9:35am – 9:50am- Alejandra Ospina and Nick Dupree Disability community activists and New York City residents, sharing their Sandy experience.

9:50am – 10:05am- Break

10:05am – 10:40am- Syd London, Professional Photographer.

 Her photo essay on post-Sandy NYC will be on display in the room.

10:40am – 11:00am- Lex Frieden – Personal Experiences

11:00am – 11:20am- Elliot Harkavy -Grants for accessibility

11:20am – 11:40am- Crystal Morgan – Shepherd patient education

11:40am – 12:00pm – GEMINI

12:00pm – 1:00pm- Lunch (Provided)

1:00pm – 1:45pm-Panel Discussion: Transportation

Presenters will discuss challenges and solutions in designing transportation plans that would easily accommodate members of the disability community.

1:45pm – 2:30pm- Panel Discussion: Shelter Accommodations

Cross section of members of the disability community who will be explaining what they would need to survive in a shelter for 3-5 days.

2:30pm – 2:45pm- Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm- Hands on Table Top Exercise X 3

Three modules will be presented: Accessing the shelter, Living at the shelter and Receiving care at the shelter.

3:45pm – 5:15pm- American Red Cross

5:15pm – 5:30pm – Joy Kniskern and Ruth Rust

Reuse and DME

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

8:00am – 9:00am- Continental Breakfast (Provided)

9:00am – 9:20am- Surprise

9:20am – 9:30am- Marcie Roth

9:30am – 9:40am- Mark Johnson

9:40am- 10:20am- Positive Solutions

Discussion on solutions and tools for the future and the TRUE (TRAINING, RESPONSE, UNDERSTANDING AND EMPOWERMENT) ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM.

10:20am – 10:30am- Paul Timmons- closing remarks

We are so glad that you will be joining us for this exciting new endeavor!


Portlight Stratgies, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 founded in 1997 is very much a grassroots organization. We facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief projects. From small beginnings are great works accomplished. Small acts of kindness can make a great difference in the world and it is in this spirit that Portlight does the work that we do. We rely on people to do the right thing when that thing needs to be done.

Portlight Strategies also has outreach programs, like TRUE SHELTER ACCESSIBILITY, working hard to help prepare before disaster strikes, providing assistance in preparing shelters for times of need. In addition we also have partnerships and friendships with many other organizations like, Team Rubicon, and the kindness of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, The Kessler Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Americares, and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

Portlight Strategies, Inc.

60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721

Johns Island, SC 29455


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