Deaf in Disaster or Emergency Situations
What happens to Deaf people during disasters like the events of September 11, 2001, or during the Katrina hurricane? What happens to deaf and hard of hearing people, or people with disabilities generally? Unfortunately, we know that accommodations for people with disabilities generally tend to be very limited. How many wheelchair users died on Sept 11 because they did not have an evacuation chair and a team of co-workers ready to take them down the stairs — instead of being forced to wait for help that never arrived? How often have Deaf people been the last people to know critical information that could help save their lives, because television wasn’t captioned and radio wasn’t accessible? How many Deaf (or disabled) people found emergency shelters to be accessible?
Have YOU been affected by a disaster or emergency situation? If so, YOUR story of how you were affected could help other Deaf people (and people with disabilities) in the United States benefit from better emergency planning in the future.
The US National Coalition on Disabilities is gathering feedback from people. But there isn’t much time left. They need to receive your comments by SEPTEMBER 16. That means you have the rest of this week, including the weekend, to think about what information and documentation you want to share and write it up. (They started gathering feedback several months ago. But I did not realize in time to announce it here. Apologies for the late notice.)
Learn more about the feedback process and what kind of information would be most helpful by going to this web site: