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…