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Role of AT Reuse in Emergency Preparedness

ATIA 2009 Conference Session Orlando, Florida January 28-31, 2009

Session Title:

Exploring the Role of Reutilized AT in Emergency Preparedness

 

Presenter:

Carolyn Phillips, Pass It on Center

 

Session Description:

The Pass It On Center is actively researching the role of reutilized AT in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. One of the expected outcomes of this research is the development of a plan with recommendations focused on proper deployment of reutilized AT to assist people with disAbilities when disasters strike. We need to hear from you. This interactive, roundtable discussion is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas, resources and possible solutions as we continue to develop the Plan and create a national resource for used AT that would assist in emergency preparedness and in the response to natural disasters.

 

Session Objectives:

1. First Key Learning Point 

Learn about the critical role of reused AT in emergency preparedness and disaster response.

2. Second Key Learning Point 

Learn two strategies for effective distribution of reutilized AT in response to a disaster.

3. Third Key Learning Point 

Discover two resources to assist in acquiring reused AT for emergency preparedness and disaster response.

 

Experience Level:

Beginner

 

Session Format:

Roundtable (A topic-driven meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views)

 

Technical Experience Level:

Beginner

 

Presentation Outline:

The Pass It On Center is actively researching the role of reutilized AT in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. One of the expected outcomes of this research is the development of a Tip Sheet and/or Plan with recommendations focused on proper deployment of reutilized AT to assist people with disAbilities when disasters strike. The Center is also planning to expand its efforts into creating, or facilitating the creation of, a searchable database of existing AT Exchange Programs and Reuse Programs. This database would allow users to search the listings in all the existing AT Reuse Programs. This resource will also facilitate the identification of reutilized AT for use in the event of natural disasters. At the Pass It On Center Conference in 2006, a number of states expressed strong interest in having a centralized, national resource that would help in the response to natural disasters. Over 165 AT Reuse programs have been established to assist people with disAbilities and their circles of support to exchange, refurbish or recycle AT that they no longer use. The Pass It On Center has been working closely with many of these programs to learn from their successes and their mistakes. We have collected their policies, procedures and studied their practices and believe many of these programs could be strong partners in responding to disasters. The Pass It On Center has provided a wide range of solution-focused technical assistance (TA) to diverse individuals and groups of reutilizers throughout the US. We are learning more about the various disasters they experience and their need for reutilized AT. The Center has provided support to representatives of 47 states and territories. This has included assisting people who want to start an AT reuse program to assisting national organizations who have been in the business of reuse for over 30 years. We have assisted with TA for all categories of AT and services for all ages of people with disabilities. The Pass It On Center has also created a website that is dedicated to promoting successful practices for AT reuse and assisting in shaping solutions for AT reuse programs. We have researched and gathered examples of successful AT reuse practices and solutions from a variety of sources. We have focused resources on creating a web-based, customized content management system (CMS). The CMS will allow users to more easily access the resources available on the Pass It On Center website. Materials that comprise the "content" of the Content Management System have been determined by the Center to represent outstanding examples of those policies, procedures, and practices associated with quality AT reuse programs. We plan to include tips, resources and solutions for emergency preparedness and disaster response in the CMS. This interactive, roundtable discussion is designed to facilitate in the exchange of ideas, resources and possible solutions as we continue to develop a national resource for used assistive technology that would assist in emergency preparedness and in the response to natural disasters.

 

Strand:

Pass It On/ AT Reuse

 

Presentation Type:

Educational Session

 

See attached presentation (to come).

 

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DISCLAIMER

This work is supported under a five-year cooperative agreement # H235V060016 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and is administered by the Pass It On Center of the Georgia Department of Labor – Tools for Life.  However, the contents of this publication do not necessarily represent the policy or opinions of the Department of Education, or the Georgia Department of Labor, and you should not assume endorsements of this document by the Federal government or the Georgia Department of Labor.

 

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Title: Role of AT Reuse in Emergency Preparedness
Module: Emergency Mgmt
Author: Carolyn Phillips
Audience: Implementer
Sub Title: ATIA 2009 Session
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Organization Source: PASS IT ON CENTER
Last Reviewed: 08-21-2009 3:52 PM