A row of red emergency alarms mounted to a brick wall.

In Case of Emergency, What Happens to Disabled Students?

One of my most vivid third grade memories involves a fire drill. While the bells clamored overhead, we dutifully streamed out the door of our ground-level classroom, proceeding down the ramp to our required assembly point on the playground, near…
An image of a city skyline. One half is brown with dry brittle ground. The other half has a blue sky and lush green grass.

It’s Time to Recognize Climate Change as a Disability Rights Issue

“What are you doing here?” I’ve been thinking about my answer to this question over the past few weeks. I’m the founder of a social enterprise focused on disability inclusion who was one of the 50 World Economic Forum Global
Emergency supplies including flashlight, radio, and waterbottle. A person is writing on an emergency preparedness checklist attached to a clipboard

Why Involving Disabled People in Disaster Planning Saves Lives

During Hurricane Harvey in August, a striking image went viral: Nursing home residents sitting in waist deep floodwaters, surrounded by floating debris, an angry cat in the background. The Harvey flooding victims (and the cat) were rescued, but scarcely
Photo of flooded street surrounded by trees.

Ensuring Disabled People Return to Community Living After Natural Disasters

As Texans continue to experience the fallout of flooding of historical proportions from Hurricane Harvey, safety is paramount, especially for disabled people, who are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters. The United Nations recognizes this vulnerability in Article 11 of the…
smoke from a wildfire approaching houses

People with disabilities disproportionately harmed in California wildfires

The Los Angeles Times recently published a feature September 28 highlighting the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities when escaping wildfires, such as the fires that have swarmed California during the most recent fire season. In a recent fire…
A doctor speaks to a patient with the help of an ASL interpreter

DOJ settles with hospital over sign language services

While hiking with her then five-year-old son in the San Bernardino National Forest in summer 2012, Trixy Betsworth’s husband was struck by lightning. Airlifted to Arrowhead Medical Center, her husband remained hospitalized for three days. Trixy, obviously concerned about his…
Ricahrd using a remote with his mouth

How everyday technology can be adapted to make independent living possible – the life and times of Richard Devylder

This month the community of people with disabilities lost a valued member and friend to many. Called “a long time disability advocate and former appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation,” by the National Council on Disability, Richard Devylder…
ocean and sky - Right To Be Rescued

The Right to be Rescued

"The Right to be Rescued" is a short documentary that tells the stories of people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Released days before the 10th anniversary of the storm, our goal is to make emergency planners aware of the specific needs of people with disabilities and push them to alter their disaster plans to make sure those needs are met. You can help! We will provide links or DVDs to anyone who would like to screen this film for emergency planners and others in their community. Contact us to find out how.
A smartphone on a table with a pair of headphones attached

FCC finalizes new emergency technology rules

Under new rules finalized by the Federal Communications Commission, emergency video messages must be accessible to people with visual disabilities via tablets, smartphones, laptops and other similar devices. “More and more Americans today watch programming – whether it be local