Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall Meetings

Hosted by the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA)

Share your COVID-19 experience – we’re listening:

When disaster strikes, disability-led organizations are the ones on the ground, trying to fill the gaps without equitable access to traditional disaster relief channels.

We’re bringing disability leaders and trusted allies together in disasters to disrupt exclusion and accelerate radical inclusion.

How will we do it?

  1. Listen

We’re listening: What’s happening? What do you need?

  1. Organize

We’re organizing: Where are the gaps? Who has the resources?

  1. Build

We’re building: A more equitable response to COVID-19, and whatever comes next.

We will continue to host these Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall meetings on a regular basis.

Past Global Disability + Disaster Town Hall Meetings

Session 4: October 15, 2020

Thursday, October 15 from 12:00 noon – 1 pm EDT/4 pm -5 pm UTC

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Transcript for Global Disability + Disasters Town Hall #4 (Word doc)

Session 3: September 17, 2020

Thursday, September 17 from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm EDT/4:00pm-5:30pm UTC

Download full invitation for Global Disability + Disasters Town Hall #3 (Accessible PDF)

Transcript for Global Disability + Disasters Town Hall #3 (Word doc)

Session 2: June 4, 2020

Thursday, June 4 from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm EDT/4:00pm-5:30pm UTC

With opening remarks from German Parodi, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

Recorded session + transcript:

Transcript for WID Disability + Disaster Global Town Hall, Session 2

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Download full invitation for session 2 (Accessible PDF)

Text file (.TXT) available by email at info@wid.org

Session 1: May 7, 2020

Thursday, May, 2020 from 1 – 2:30 PM EDT

Marcie Roth, WID’s Executive Director/CEO, creator and former director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination provided opening remarks and engaged conversation with disability community disaster response leaders. The webinar then opened and become a community forum for sharing and storytelling as we, the disability community, reframed the debate on disability inclusion in disaster planning, response and mitigation. 

Recorded session + transcript:

Transcript for Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall session, May 7 2020

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Additional GADRA Events

Global Disability + Disasters Panel: A Conversation with Young Leaders

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Transcript for Global Disability + Disasters Panel: A Conversation with Young Leaders (Word doc)

Moderated by Priya Penner of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and GADRA, the panel brings together four dynamic young leaders with disabilities from around the world: 

  • Minerva Green, Sophomore, Student Government Association, The University of The Bahamas, The Bahamas 
  • Borbála Ivicsics, International Communications Manager, FREEKey, Hungary 
  • Faith Njahîra, Independent Consultant and Co-Founder, Muscular Dystrophy Society Kenya 
  • Sabrina Epstein, Student Researcher and Communications Intern, The John Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, Johns Hopkins University, United States

The panel was made possible with the support of GADRA’s Executive Committee Members and Founder’s Circle. Appropriately, the event included supportive remarks from three key supporters:

  • Tali Bray, CIO, Enterprise Services & Portfolio Management, Wells Fargo (WID Board of Directors);
  • Elaine Katz, Senior Vice President for Grants and Communication, Kessler Foundation (GADRA Founder’s Circle Member);
  • Isabel Hodge, Executive Director for the United States International Council on Disabilities (GADRA Founders Circle Member) and Vice President of Disabled Peoples’ International North America Caribbean.

To learn more about this event, read the event summary, available at the following link:

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Launch of the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration

Link to GADRA Launch event transcript

Link to GADRA Launch event information

To learn more about the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA), visit the following link:

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