Another panel of presenters discussed the role of nongovernmental organizations in major disasters: Kay Wilkins, CEO, Southeast Louisiana Chapter, American Red Cross, Metairie, LA; Michael Hawley, Major and Area Commander, The Salvation Army, New Orleans, LA; and Talatha Dennison, Mississippi Protection and Advocacy System, Inc., Jackson, MS.
A first responder's perspective was presented by David Lipin, Commander, Disaster Medical Assistance Team, San Francisco, CA. Elizabeth Davis, EAD and Associates, LLC, Brooklyn, NY, presented information on advances in preparation, response, and recovery for people with disabilities in disasters. FEMA Disability Coordinator Cindy Daniel gave an overview of FEMA's role in disasters and addressed future goals of the agency. The final speaker, Larry K. Fisher, Operations Section Chief, Office of Emergency Preparedness, City of New Orleans, discussed the public policy perspective of emergency preparedness.
In addition to presentations on emergency preparedness, Kathy Kliebert, Assistant Secretary, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities spoke about health care, and Stephan Hamlin-Smith, Executive Director, Association of Higher Education and Disability, addressed NCD on employment and transition issues for youth with disabilities.
NCD Releases No Child Left Behind Report
On January 28, NCD released a report in New Orleans analyzing the
progress of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The report says that students with
disabilities are no longer ignored, and that NCLB and IDEA have had a
|SOURCE National Council on Disability|
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