Goldman and Heake Join PIOC Team

Amy Goldman and George Heake Join PIOC Team

to Assist with Emergency Preparedness Initiative


Pass It On Center

Announcement from the Director

August 6, 2009


The Pass It On Center is pleased to announce our collaboration with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and welcome Amy Goldman and George Heake to the Pass It On Center Team! The Pass It On Center has been charged with the task of identifying and coordinating a National approach to effective and appropriate AT Reuse in to meet the needs of individuals with disAbilities in Emergency Preparedness and Response. We have been actively working on this initiative with our National Task Force and other leaders in the field of AT Reuse and Emergency Management. We are committed to researching what works, examining successful practices, developing various tools to assist in this area, and providing quality technical assistance to assist You and the disAbility Community. To fulfill this commitment, we are expanding our Pass In On Center Team to include George and Amy. Amy and George bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in this specific area. Amy manages Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Act Program (Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology [PIAT]), and is an Associate Director of the Institute on Disabilities,  the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Temple University. PIAT implements a variety of approaches to equipment reuse, including on-line classifieds and refurbishment/redistribution centers across the state.  As Emergency Management and Response Coordinator at the Institute, George has been engaged in local, state, and national emergency preparedness efforts.  Since 2005, George has been involved with variety of committees, work groups and task forces (e.g., Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA], FEMA III Regional Advisory Council [RAC], Pennsylvania Department of Health, Citizen Corps, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management), advocating for the needs of persons with disabilities, seniors and other individuals with functional needs in emergency preparedness planning, management, response and recovery. George was “on the ground” during the Fall 2008 hurricane recovery in Texas (Gustav and Ike) evaluating emergency shelter capacity and accessibility. The Institute on Disabilities has fostered collaborative relationships with Temple University’s Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice (CPREP), the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, and other City of Philadelphia, county, regional, state, and federal  entities responsible for emergency planning.   Accomplishments include two successful “drives” to collect and deliver donated durable medical equipment, in collaboration with the Louisiana Assistive Technology Assistance Network (LATAN); creation of a “Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster” at Temple University; serving as “expert” informants in the emergency preparedness audit conducted for the City of Philadelphia; increasing the local, regional, and statewide profile of “special needs” populations with an emphasis on accessible messages and outreach approaches.  We need your assistance! One of the important steps we are taking on this initiative includes conducting a national survey to learn more about your specific experiences and technical assistance needs in the area of AT Reuse and Emergency Preparedness. George will be contacting you in the next few weeks to gather this important information so we can further shape our efforts to meet your needs. We are excited about this initiative and our collaboration with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, George at or Amy at We look forward to talking with you and working with you to develop an National Network that effectively addresses the AT Reuse needs of individuals as they move through emergencies. Please join us in welcoming Amy and George to your Pass It On Center Team!


Carolyn Phillips, Director



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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: Goldman and Heake Join PIOC Team
Module: Emergency Mgmt
Author: Carolyn Phillips
Audience: Implementer
Sub Title: Assist with Emergency Preparedness Initiative
Organization Source: Pass It On Center
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