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Join us for a REAADI & DRMA Disability Community Stakeholder Call This Friday!

NCIL is excited by last week’s reintroduction of the Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion (REAADI) for Disasters Act (S. 2658 / H.R. 4938) and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA) (S. 2646 / H.R. 4937). The REAADI for Disasters Act and DRMA are two essential bills that will help address and dismantle the barriers disabled people face before, during, and after disasters.

In an effort to coordinate advocacy efforts and drum up support for these critical bills, NCIL held two stakeholder calls for the Independent Living network earlier this week. On these calls, NCIL, Congressional representatives, and invited guests celebrated the reintroductions and discussed the many ways to take action to get the REAADI for Disasters Act and DRMA passed into law.

Next week, NCIL will be hold another stakeholder call for members of the disability community outside the Independent Living network. On this call, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from speakers from a range of disability organizations about their disaster-related efforts, how engaging their disabled consumers / constituents made their efforts more successful, and how they plan to fight for the REAADI for Disasters Act and DRMA. Attendees will learn about opportunities for collaboration and will have the opportunity to ask questions. We hope you will join this call, and please feel free to forward the information about this call to others who may be interested!

The Disability Community Stakeholder Call will be on Friday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern. The call will be held as a Zoom webinar. ASL interpreting will be provided. CART captioning will be available in the Zoom platform and at a separate Streamtext link. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or need any other accommodations. Please submit requests for other accommodations at least 24 hours before the event.