Recent natural disasters trigger complaints from disability groups

Why some advocates are expressing alarm that federal emergency response efforts are failing to protect the well-being and civil rights of people with disabilities.

The national disability rights group ADAPT recently sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, criticizing the release earlier this year of a strategic plan without “preparedness, planning or response elements” specifically for people with disabilities, unlike past plans that addressed disability rights and accessibility.

Meanwhile, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, a national coalition, has filed a civil rights complaint naming FEMA and three other federal agencies for failure to provide equal access to shelters.

During recent East Coast hurricanes, advocates say that shelters have lacked reasonable accommodations, including wheelchair accessible restrooms. In some cases, evacuees were sent to nursing homes if they couldn’t return to their previous community residences because of damage when shelters shut down.

Read entire article Recent natural disasters trigger complaints from disability groups | Courtney Perkes |DisabilityScoop

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